Will Gompertz

Arts Editor, BBC
Will Gompertz is the BBC’s first ever dedicated Arts Editor covering all aspects of the arts
from funding and policy to criticism in the theatre, music, film, visual arts and literature.
Prior to his BBC appointment Will served for almost a decade as director of Tate Media where
he was responsible for the institution’s award-winning online presence and for Tate Etc. the
UK’s highest-circulation art magazine. Before working for Tate Will had a varied career that
took in working in an Our Price shop, at a holiday camp, as a stage-hand at Sadler’s Wells and
as a runner for a TV company. He also founded the DVD-magazine Shots covering
international short films and commercial promo films. Will also set up a dedicated arts TV
production company making programmes for Channel 4 and ITV and even a film with
Aardman Animation.
An experienced host and interviewer, Will can not only talk about the all aspects of the art
world and creativity, but also has a wealth of tales from his time in broadcasting, whether it’s
mispronouncing the subject’s name in an obituary, or interviewing superstars from Mick
Jagger to Damian Hurst and Meryl Streep. Will is the author of a layman’s guide to 150 years
of modern art, What Are You Looking At?, as well as Think Like an Artist, a manual to help
anyone think creatively, be productive and be fulfilled by work. He has also written on the arts
for The Times and the Guardian and even wrote and performed a show at the Edinburgh
Fringe called Double Art History.