The Tate Modern needs little introduction. As one of the most recognisable museums in the world, it has helped put London on the map as an international art and cultural centre. But perhaps less often discussed is its contribution towards the transformation of London’s waterfront in what could be described as a “Tate Modern effect”. 

In conversation with Seth O’Farrell, Frances Morris stresses that throughout the museum’s history, it has engaged the local community so as not to “parachute” into an area it had little to do with. But challenges have emerged with the encroachment of privatisation and neighbouring commercial developments. Now, with the increasing need for private funding, the pandemic and the climate crisis, Ms Morris is confident that the museum can step up to the plate as the demands on the "museum of the 21st century" change once more.

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