The South Bank Centre today announced the appointment of Jude Kelly as Artistic Director. Theatre director Jude Kelly is also Chair of the Arts, Education and Culture Committee for London 2012, responsible for the cultural and education programme for the Olympics and founder of the Metal art spaces. She will take up her post at the South Bank Centre in September.
In this new post Jude will work alongside Chief Executive, Michael Lynch, and be responsible for creating the artistic vision for the whole South Bank Centre ñ the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery, encompassing classical and contemporary popular music, the visual arts, dance and performance, literature and talks. A key priority will be planning the programme for the re-opening of the newly refurbished Royal Festival Hall in summer 2007, as well as leading the performing arts programme continuing in the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room and the exhibition programme in the Hayward Gallery during the closure of the Royal Festival Hall.
Jude Kelly said: ìIím thrilled to have been asked to plan the artistic future for one of the great art spaces of the world especially at a time when the UK starts preparing for the challenge of mounting the 2012 Olympics. Itís going to be a genuine pleasure to work with Michael Lynch, Clive Hollick and all the colleagues at the South Bankî.
Michael Lynch, Chief Executive added: ìI am so pleased to have such a key British cultural player to work with our team at the South Bank to achieve the greatest opening in June 2007 and to ensure we are a magnet for the greatest artists in the world. Jude will work closely with me and our talented programming and curatorial teams to ensure we remain the epicentre of Londonís cultural life.î
Clive Hollick, Chairman of the South Bank Board warmly welcomed the appointment: ìThe South Bank Board is delighted that Jude is taking on the crucial new role as Artistic Director. She has outstanding credentials for this important post, and has demonstrated her ability to work across the whole arts spectrum and provide inspired leadership. We have just begun the Transformation of the Royal Festival Hall to create one of the finest centres for the performing arts in the world for both artists and audience. Now we have Jude to provide an enhanced artistic vision.î


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