Interim Co-Directors appointed for Performance Space

After a highly successful three years as Performance Space’s Artistic Director and CEO, Daniel Brine is returning to the UK to become the Director of The Junction in Cambridge.

Chair of the Performance Space Board, Clare Petre said: “We are all so sorry to be losing Daniel. He has brought a vibrancy and currency to contemporary performance practice in Australia, opening up new platforms for artists and audiences. He is a generous and visionary arts leader, and he will be greatly missed.”

Daniel came to Performance Space from the Live Art Development Agency in London, and his expertise in interdisciplinary and live art practice saw Performance Space support a number of strategic programming initiatives, including ClubHouse – a platform for critical dialogue, exchange and conversation about interdisciplinary arts and WALK – a series of walks, promenades, marches and strolls in and around Sydney. Daniel also led Performance Space’s growing commitment to Indigenous contemporary performance, securing a supported Emerging Indigenous Producer post, and developing the professional development initiatives IndigeLab and IndigeSpace.

The Board has appointed Bec Dean and Jeff Khan as Co-Directors for six months starting in January 2012. Bec and Jeff are currently Associate Directors at Performance Space and between them have a wealth of experience working in the contemporary arts. The recruitment for Performance Space’s new Director will get underway in March, with the successful candidate due to commence in July 2012.

“Bec and Jeff are very experienced and talented curators and arts managers who have a great working relationship with both staff and the Board. They are well respected among their peers and the artistic community and we are extremely pleased that they are stepping into this important role at Performance Space,” said Ms. Petre.

Daniel Brine will commence at The Junction in January 2012. The Junction is a national centre for the development and presentation of contemporary performance and a hub for artistic development and innovation in the East of England.

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