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Berwick Visual Arts' Head of Visual Arts appointment announced

Fri 20 Jul

MALTINGS ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF JAMES LOWTHER AS HEAD OF VISUAL ARTS

New head of Berwick Visual Arts initiative comes into post on August 1

The Maltings (Berwick) Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of James Lowther as the new Head of Visual Arts.

As part of its new Arts Council England 2012-15 funding, The Maltings has founded Berwick Visual Arts, a new initiative that brings visual arts in Berwick-upon-Tweed under one banner, including existing arts venues, potential new venue partners, and the wider visual arts community.

As the Head of Visual Arts, James will with artists and organisations in the immediate area including the Berwick Film & Media Art Festival, the Woodhorn Trust, and the Berwick Watchtower, and will have close contact with schools, groups and individuals in the community.

James has significant experience of working in the cultural and visual arts sector in the northeast of England including a number of years developing the arts across County Durham, leading Durham County Council’s Arts Development Team. His achievements included re-establishing a successful contemporary visual arts programme at the Durham Light Infantry Museum and Durham Art Gallery, and developing and managing a number of award-winning, large-scale, inter-disciplinary commissions as part of Brass: Durham International Festival. He has recently returned to the northeast following an eight-month career break spent travelling India and Southeast Asia to learn about the arts in those regions.

On the occasion of his appointment, James said, “I’m really looking forward to working in Berwick where some great work in the visual arts has been achieved in the past. This gives us a great opportunity to develop a unique and dynamic visual arts programme that is rooted in Berwick but also recognised nationally and internationally.”

Maurice Ward, Chair of The Maltings' Board of Directors added, "After just over three months of securing funding for Berwick Visual Arts, we are hugely pleased that James will be joining us to lead what promises to be a stimulating future for the arts and artists in Berwick and the Borders."

James will up his position on August 1st. Later that month there will be an opportunity to meet with James to discuss Berwick Visual Arts’ plans for the future, including exhibition proposal protocol. Anyone who wishes to be kept informed should visit www.maltingsberwick.co.uk/BVA and sign up to the mailing list.

James Lowther’s appointment coincides with the opening of the first official Berwick Visual Arts exhibition: Eduardo Paolozzi’s “General Dynamic F.U.N”. The free exhibition runs from 27 July to 26 August at the Granary Gallery, Wednesday to Sunday from 11am-5pm, by arrangement with the Hayward Touring. For more information click here.

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