Alistair Hudson was appointed the Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) in October 2014. His vision for mima is based on the concept of the Useful Museum, as an institution dedicated to the promotion of art as a tool for education and social change. Alongside this, he is co-director of the Asociación de Arte Útil with Tania Bruguera.
From 2004 to 2014, he was Deputy Director of Grizedale Arts in Coniston in the Lake District. He was educated at Goldsmiths (1988–1991) and previously worked at the Anthony d'Offay Gallery (1994–2000) and the Government Art Collection (2000–2004) in London.
In 2015 he was a member of the jury for the Turner Prize and instrumental in promoting Assemble for their work on the Granby Four Streets project in Toxteth. In February 2018, he will become Director of The Whitworth and Manchester Art Galleries.