Hall for Cornwall (HfC) and performing arts development agency, The Works, have joined forces in a merger that will see the expansion of talent development across Cornwall.
The merger means that HfC’s capacity is broadened to offer more people in communities across Cornwall access to artistic development, opportunities and support.
The Works, who were previously based at Krowji in Redruth, have relocated to HfC and have now become part of the new arts development team, led by newly-appointed senior manager Michael White.
White, who has previously worked for Battersea Arts Centre, Southwark Council, Graeae Theatre Company and a wide range of arts and performance companies, has over 15 years’ experience in producing and theatre.
Up until April 2014, the new arts development team will be fulfilling current commitments, reflecting upon past activity and planning for the next phase.
White said: “The creation of the new arts development team presents exciting opportunities to encourage social and economic growth in Cornwall, to invest in skills development and expand the reach across the region for artists, practitioners and professionals.
“This is an exciting time for culture in Cornwall and we welcome our new colleagues from The Works.”
Alongside White joining the team, Helen Bishop-Stephens has now joined HfC as the new head of audiences and programming. She arrives from Arts Council England London and has extensive experience in arts administration.