Tessa Jackson

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Tessa Jackson OBE (born 1955) is a British contemporary art curator, writer and administrator.

In 1988, she was appointed as the director of the Arnolfini, Bristol's contemporary art venue, where she played a leading role in the redevelopment of the institution. In 1999 Jackson was appointed as the director of the Scottish Arts Council, where she was responsible for the public funding of the arts in Scotland. In 2002 Jackson became the founding artistic director and chief executive of the Artes Mundi Prize, a contemporary art prize in Wales, a position which she held until 2010. Simultaneously, she was also the chair of the Edinburgh Art Festival between 2005 and 2010. From 2010-15 she was the chief executive officer of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) in London.

In 2011, Jackson was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Year's Honours List, in recognition for her 25 years of service to art.

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