Performance Space announces new Artistic Directors

Sydney's Performance Space today announced Bec Dean and Jeff Khan as new Co-Directors/CEO.

Bec and Jeff have been acting in the role since January 2012, following the departure of former Artistic Director Daniel Brine in December 2011. Following a very competitive selection process, the Board of Performance Space was unanimous in its decision to appoint Bec and Jeff to the position.

Chair of the Performance Space Board, Clare Petre said: "Jeff and Bec are connected to a new generation of artists working at the intersection of performance and visual arts. Having both been Associate Directors at Performance Space prior to their appointment as Acting Co-Directors, they have strong relationships with staff, artists, supporters and other stakeholders, and in their short term as Acting Directors they have proven their leadership qualities. They have articulated a clear vision for the future direction of the company, and of its continued importance as a leading developer, presenter, and advocate for interdisciplinary arts"

Bec commented "It's been a pleasure to work with Jeff over the last six months in this capacity and we are mutually so delighted to be able to continue working on Performance Space's programs, and now thinking towards the company's longer-term aspirations and goals. 2013 is an auspicious year for the company and with our staff, board, partners and the wonderful artists we work with, we hope to make it a memorable and exciting one for our audiences and supporters."

Jeff added "Bec and I have immensely enjoyed leading Performance Space through the last six months, and we're thrilled to now be taking the organisation into the future, in partnership with the Board and staff. Performance Space is unique in Australia's artistic ecology and we are looking forward to exploring new creative and programming possibilities, as we head towards the company's 30th anniversary in 2013."

The appointment takes effect immediately.


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