New artistic director for Battersea Arts Centre

Friday 21 December 2018

Appointments - Off-West End

Tarek Iskander is announced as the new Artistic Director and CEO of Battersea Arts Centre, starting in May 2019 and taking over from David Jubb.
Tarek Iskander - new artistic director for Battersea Arts Centre

Tarek Iskander - photo credit Slav Kirichok 2017

Battersea Arts Centre has announced that Tarek Iskander will take up the position of Artistic Director and CEO from May 2019.

Mr Iskander said ...

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining Battersea Arts Centre's fantastic team.

David Jubb's legacy is immense, and we want to use that springboard to continuously reinvent how we embolden our communities and our artists.

Battersea Arts Centre will always be a home for the pioneering and the under-represented, the visionary and the mischievous.

It's that uncompromising, radical and rebellious spirit ... that's what has always made Battersea Arts Centre precious to me and to others.

I'm so excited to work with everyone to devise what remarkable things Battersea Arts Centre does next."

Mr Iskander is currently Interim Director for Theatre at Arts Council England.

He has also been an Artistic Director as part of Up Next - a takeover initiative by Artistic Directors of the Future, Battersea Arts Centre and Bush Theatre, designed to catapult visionary artists into leadership roles in the UK's theatre industry and broaden representation.

Previously, Tarek was one of the founders and Associate Artistic Director of the Yard Theatre in Hackney and also Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio.

Credits as Director include Qudz and Shiver (both at the Yard Theatre and also written by Tarek Iskander), Minotaur (Unicorn Theatre) and A Winter's Tale (Batumi Drama Theatre/ British Council Georgia).

Prior to embarking on a career in theatre, Tarek worked for many years in senior and executive roles with the National Health Service.

Tarek succeeds David Jubb, who will lead the organisation until April 2019.

The recruitment process was overseen by David Bryan, Battersea Arts Centre's new Chair of the board of trustees.

David Bryan takes over from Michael Day, who steps down after supporting and championing the organisation for six critical years.

Battersea Arts Centre from the front of the building

Battersea Arts Centre - photo by Peter Brown

Battersea Arts Centre opened in 1974 and is based in Battersea's former Town Hall building, which has been extensively refurbished in recent years.

It is a public space which hosts hundreds of creative events each year.

It has a programme of live performance with national and international touring partnerships.

Its digital work includes performances for BBC television.

It uses creativity to drive social change and has created a new museum which moves around the building, the borough and beyond.

Its purpose is to inspire people to take creative risks to shape the future and it achieves this by using the Scratch process to help test new ideas.

David Bryan, Chair of the board of trustees, said ...

"We are thrilled to appoint Tarek Iskander as the next Artistic Director and CEO of Battersea Arts Centre.

Tarek emerged as the leading candidate after an open and rigorous recruitment process, involving external panellists and members of the community.

I look forward to supporting his inspiring vision for the future of Battersea Arts Centre in my new role as chair of the board of trustees."

Rebecca Holt, Executive Director and Deputy CEO, said ...

"On behalf of all the team at Battersea Arts Centre, I am delighted to be welcoming Tarek as our new Artistic Director & CEO from May 2019.

Tarek's wide-ranging skills, collaborative approach and original ideas mean that Battersea Arts Centre will continue to go from strength to strength under his leadership, ensuring that our core purpose - to inspire people to take creative risks to shape the future - remains at the heart of all that we do."

David Jubb, Artistic Director and CEO, said ...

"Tarek is a fantastic appointment for Battersea Arts Centre.

He brings vision, warmth and a breadth of experience.

He will lead positive change and take the organisation to a whole new level.

Battersea Arts Centre owes a huge debt of gratitude to Michael Day, who has played a terrific role as Chair over the last six years.

We are lucky to now have David Bryan as an outstanding new Chair; I very much look forward to working with him through until April."

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