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Tate Modern: 36% of artists on display at redesigned gallery will be female ()

Female artists will make up 36 per cent of all those with work on display at the redesigned Tate Modern, director Frances Morris has confirmed. 

The opening of the Switch House extension in June 2016 will give Tate Modern room to display 60 per cent more works of art than it currently does; the majority of wall space will still be devoted to displaying works by male artists. In total, the gallery will display works by more than 300 artists from 57 different countries to more than five million yearly visitors.

This is actually a sign that Tate Modern is headed to a more equal collection, however – in 2010 research by UK Feminista found that 17 per cent of the artists displayed in the gallery were women. The Saatchi gallery rated slightly better, with 30 per cent women artists represented in its displays.

A 2011 investigation by activist Tim Symonds found that that despite consisting of more than 2,300 works, the National Gallery's display collection featured 11 female artists.

Of the ten most visited museums and galleries in the UK, two are directed by women: the Saatchi Gallery, and Tate Modern.

Morris said that Tate Modern is "a place to take risks," and promised that the reopened gallery would feature more works from across the world and in different media, including performance. The gallery will open with a room dedicated to the French-American female artist Louise Bourgeois.

The newest addition to the physical gallery will be the 10-storey high 'Switch House' building, made with more than 336,000 latticed bricks. The Switch House was originally meant to open in time for the London 2012 Olympics, but funding issues have pushed back the opening to this summer. Tate, the institution that owns Tate Modern's collection, is still £30 million short of the £260 million it needs to to construct and renovate the new gallery.

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