Manchester Art Gallery appoints new creative lead to help shape the way its collections are used

The appointment is hoped to help shape the gallery over the next 200 years
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Manchester Art Gallery has announced the appointment of a new senior creative lead. Dr Inbal Livne will play a key role in the future of the gallery. 

A graduate of the University of Edinburgh where she studied Archaeology, Livne's career has seen her undertake roles at both The British Museum, and National Museums Scotland, where she worked from 2005 as Assistant Curator, East and Central Asia.  

Her appointment as Senior Creative Lead at Manchester Art Gallery comes as the gallery prepares to celebrate a significant milestone in its history, with 2023 marking two hundred years since the founding of the Royal Manchester Institution in 1823, through which the gallery's earliest origins can be traced.

Housed in what is now the main gallery building on Mosley Street, the Royal Manchester Institution was a scholarly society - promoting the arts, holding regular art exhibitions, and collecting works of fine art from the 1820s until 1882, when its premises and collections were transferred under Act of Parliament to Manchester Corporation, becoming Manchester Art Gallery.

Dr Inbal Livne said: "I'm hugely excited to have been given the opportunity to play a central role in the life and history of Manchester Art Gallery.  The Gallery's ethos of putting people at the centre of everything it does, improving wellbeing, creating communities of care, and providing inclusive access to culture for everyone are values I personally believe in and have championed throughout my career.

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Dr Inbal Livne

"I'm honoured to be entrusted with helping take this mission forward into a new chapter for the gallery and can't wait to get going and to continue the two hundred years' worth of collaboration and innovation that the gallery has already been known for- with the people of Manchester and with our other cultural organisations and partners, both across the city and far beyond."