29 January 2013
There are some positive changes happening at Lighthouse. From next week onward, we are implementing a new leadership model. Honor Harger will become our Artistic Director and Miriam Randall will become our Managing Director.
We’re pleased to announce that our Operations Director Miriam is going to take on a new role as Managing Director, whilst our current Director, Honor, will become Artistic Director.
Anthony Lilley, chair of the Lighthouse board, explains: “The key for Lighthouse is that we have a strong artistic vision and the capacity to deliver it. The scale, ambition and recognition of our programme has grown strikingly over the past three years. This development in our leadership comes at the right time to help us build on our progress in the future.”
The restructure will allow Honor to focus on Lighthouse’s artistic strategy, developing work with artists, filmmakers and technologists, nationally and internationally, whilst the day-to-day management of the organisation will be in Miriam’s safe and experienced hands.
Miriam says: “One of the advantages of splitting the directorial role into two positions is that we can more easily balance Brighton-based work with our national and international activity. The new structure will allow Honor the chance to expand her artistic brief, opening all sorts of new doors. It’s a really exciting time and I’m thrilled that we will continue to work together to create more groundbreaking work.”
It is turning into a busy year already for us. We are producers of a major short film scheme, BFI Shorts, have ambitious digital and interactive productions in the pipeline, and have recruited 12 outstanding filmmakers on the latest round of the Guiding Lights mentoring scheme. Complementing this are plans to develop a new Creative Media Studio at our venue.
Says Honor: “The computer scientist Alan Kay once said, ‘the best way to predict the future is to invent it’. With over twenty major new films and interactive projects in production, as well as exciting exhibitions on the cards, Lighthouse has the future firmly in mind.
Our new Creative Media Studio is a key to our future. It will act as an incubator for innovation, providing both new and established filmmakers, technologists and artists the chance to explore and develop ideas, and actively contribute to our programme.”
Jon Pratty, Relationship Manager for Digital and Creative Economy, at Arts Council England says: “It’s a positive and logical move for Lighthouse, who are our strategic lead for digital culture in the South East region. This is evolution, not revolution.”
The new management structure will take effect from 1 February 2013.
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