About Me

Tonya Nelson

I am a recovering corporate lawyer and management consultant doing my best to use my skills and experience to help the cultural sector grow and flourish. I am lucky enough to see great art and meet great artists and leaders from around the world and this blog is my attempt to share what I see and learn.

My bio: I joined Arts Council England (ACE) as the first Director of Arts Technology and Innovation in 2019. In this role, I support the cultural sector in adopting new technologies in order to produce new types of artistic content and reach new audiences. I am building on the work I did at the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) in 2017, under the leadership of Matthew Hancock MP, which resulted in the Culture is Digital policy paper. I also sit on the board of trustees of National Gallery. I am Chair of ICOM UK and and The Bomb Factory Art Foundation. I am also a Senior Associate at AEA Consulting and act as an Art World Professional Advisor for Christie’s Education. I hold degrees in Public Policy (Brown University), Law (Georgetown University) and Art History (Christie’s Education/University of Glasgow). I was formerly Director, Museums and Cultural Programmes at University College London (UCL).

On the occasion of International Museums Day 2020, I curated an online exhibition titled Diversity Inclusion Innovation on the ArtUK platform. Check it out and add your own exhibition.


For speaking engagements and consulting services, please contact me at nelsontonyal@protonmail.com