We are delighted to announce the first selected Up Next Artistic Directors: TarekIskander, Lekan Lawal, Saad-Eddine Said, Tobi Kyeremateng, Ruthie Osterman and Sita Thomas.
The six new artistic directors will be required to carry out the same duties as any existing artistic director of a building, including: pitching ideas to a board of directors, fundraising over £35,000 for each establishment and delivering an artistic season of work that will take the building and audiences to new heights.
“It is a unique privilege to work with the wonderful team at Battersea Arts Centre and have the opportunity to co-lead the organisation through a season. We have an enormous amount to learn from David Jubb and our new colleagues – their expertise, skill and enthusiasm is infectious and inspiring.
“Through Up Next, Simielia Hodge-Dallaway has distilled two bespoke opportunities in these organisations that feel genuinely groundbreaking. Battersea Arts Centre is a creative powerhouse and I’m incredibly happy to be joining the team with Saad and Tarek.”
“As a cultural leader, I am really excited to bring my skills and expertise to Up Next. Having the opportunity to diversify leadership within the creative sector and give a platform to many unheard stories is a huge milestone for the industry, mirroring the diverse society we live in.”
“This is a huge endeavour for me. Up Next really has the potential for us to create a whole new methodology, a way of working, and one that could really shift not just the industry, but also the cultures that already exist inside Bush Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre.”
“Through Up Next, Simielia Hodge-Dallaway has distilled Up Next is a huge opportunity for me and I feel grateful and honoured to be part of it. There is a real sense of possibilities and responsibility that comes with it. We are culturally charged and ready to take risks and do our very best to create meaningful change within our organisations and beyond.”
“To make real change in terms of representation and diversity on Britain’s stages, we need a change in leadership. Having justfinished my PhD where I examined issues of cultural diversity in British theatre, I am delighted now to be in a position to implement this research practically.”