Wolfgang Tillmans is the new chair of London's Institute of Contemporary Arts

The move marks the institution's return to an artist-led board

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Wolfgang Tillmans, the new chair of the Institute of Contemporary Art Courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art

Wolfgang Tillmans, the new chair of the Institute of Contemporary Art Courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art

Wolfgang Tillmans, the German-born, London- and Berlin-based artist, has been appointed the chair of the board of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). The placement marks the London institution’s return to an artist-led board for the first time in more than three decades.

“Since my student days, the ICA has given me the opportunity to see pioneering art of varying media first-hand”, the artist says in a statement.

“I am proud to serve this important institution […] at a time when its importance as a progressive space for culture in the heart of London is becoming ever more important.”

Tillmans has served on the board of the ICA since 2017. He succeeds the Sudanese-British philanthropist Hadeel Ibrahim, who was appointed the chair of the board in 2018 and is relocating to Iceland to focus on climate justice.

Tillmans was the first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize in 2000 and is also a Royal Academician. In 2017, he founded the Between Bridges Foundation, an organisation that aims to support LGBTQ+ rights, the arts and democracy.

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