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Cassie Penn

Cassie Penn

Assistant Curator; Public Programme
Tate St Ives

Cassie Penn works as Assistant Curator; Public Programmes, Tate St Ives, focusing on working with artists and the community, with access embedded in her practice. Tate St Ives is one of four Tate sites, situated in Cornwall, England. She is a Clore Emerging Leader 2023, after being selected/ taking part in the personally transformative residency in Leamington Spa, England.

A second professional, significant moment in Cassie’s practice was being selected for 1 of just 4 places, and taking part in, a turbo-charged residency for Emergent Assistant Curators, at Grizedale Arts, Lake District 2018.

Cassie worked as Assistant Curator; Artists Programme, Tate St Ives with artists in residence and associate artists from 2014 – 2018, with a focus on public facing output and the community.

Cassie is also a freelance Creative Producer, focusing on social practice and illustration for positive community impact, most recently co-creating a community mural for Truro BID/ Pydar Pop-Up, Cornwall and Inner Circle Consulting, London.

Cassie studied MA Illustration, Authorial Practice, at Falmouth University.


Cassie Penn will be speaking at the Museum Social Impact Summit 2024 :

Partnerships & Social Practice as Innovative Changemakers

In 2023, our team Cassie Penn, Assistant Curator; Public Programmes and Georgina Kennedy Curator; PP at Tate St Ives, situated in the rural and coastal community of Cornwall, worked with a series of art and community partners to deliver programme with Tate’s vision; ‘Access to art is a human right’ and Tate’s aims which include ‘championing the right to the richness of art for everyone’ and that art should be Useful.

We worked with partners including Shallal Inclusive Dance Collective, Hospital Rooms and the NHS. With art and artists at the heart, Tate’s rich collection and innovative exhibition programme, we have developed a programme drawing from these as a source of inspiration, hope, solace, care, and connection and worked towards enabling equitable and liberative space in the galleries.



Cassie Penn