Will Gompertz has recently been appointed the Director of Arts and Learning at The Barbican, a position he will take up from June 2021. He is Author of international bestselling art history book What Are You Looking At? and is one of the most respected commentators on The Arts.


Voted one of the World’s Top 50 Creative Thinkers by New York’s Creativity Magazine, Will was previously a Director of The Tate Gallery.


In 2009, he wrote and performed a sell-out one-man comedy show about modern art at the Edinburgh Festival.


As a writer he has penned numerous articles for, among others, The Times and the Guardian and his second book Think Like an Artist: Imaginative Ways to a More Creative and Productive Life was released by Penguin in 2015, and is a witty and inspiring read, identifying ten lessons to be learned from the greatest artists across history, to give us tools to unlock creativity and thrive at work and in our personal lives.



(c) Alastair Richardson

“Will Gompertz is the best teacher you never had”