Tate Modern director Frances Morris’ top cultural picks

The record that makes me instantly happy is Aretha Franklin’s Natural Woman, ever since I first heard it 45 years ago. Both have helped to shape my commitment to opening up art history to artists who have been excluded from the canon because of race, gender or class. If I had a totally free day in London, I would walk another stretch of the Thames footpath. I’m currently making very slow progress towards the Thames Estuary... My happy place is the coast of West Cork – where the land slips into the Atlantic Ocean – for its expansive skies, low-lying islands and a long horizon stretching as if to America. After 20 years focusing on physical buildings, the next 20 will be about making culture central to all our lives. I want Tate Modern to be truly international, to welcome all visitors, to be open-minded and experimental and a place for making, as well as looking, for confronting the big questions and helping tofind the answers.