Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

WIN A NEW HYUNDAI i10 - See the EADT on June 8 for full details

Colchester: New Firstsite director Matthew Rowe in bid to make £25m arts centre a source of civic pride

08:00 13 November 2012

Matthew Lowe, the new director at Colchester

Matthew Lowe, the new director at Colchester's Firstsite

Archant

THE new chief of a £25million Colchester arts complex wants to make it something the town is proud of.

shares

Matthew Rowe was yesterday unveiled as the next director of Firstsite, replacing Kath Wood who announced she was stepping down in May.

Mr Rowe, currently the artistic director at Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, will take up his new role in January.

He said: “The positioning of Firstsite within the local community is essential to my new role, therefore I hope to extend Firstsite’s mission in bringing excellent art to everyone, supporting artists from the region to develop their careers and demonstrating the social value that contemporary visual art brings to society.

“After just over a year in its outstanding new home, Firstsite has made excellent progress and I hope that I can contribute to the next phase of its success and to assist it reaching its full potential in the coming years.

“I am delighted to have been appointed as director of Firstsite, an organisation which has successfully presented important contemporary art to a broad range of audiences and positioned itself at the forefront of the contemporary visual arts in the UK.

“I look forward to working with the excellent team at Firstsite and its supportive stakeholders to ensure that Firstsite becomes a real beacon for the eastern region and achieves a sense of civic pride within Colchester.”

Firstsite had a controversial beginning - when it opened in September 2011 it was four years late and £10m over budget.

But Chris Paveley, chairman of Firstsite’s board of trustees, said it had enjoyed a successful first year - attracting more than 175,000 visitors.

He added: “Matthew will now play a vitally important role in maintaining this momentum, reaching out to new audiences and satisfying our current patrons with new and innovative programming and learning opportunities.

“We are extremely pleased to announce Matthew’s appointment and are very excited about the future of Firstsite under his creative leadership.”

Councillor Tim Young, portfolio holder for culture at Colchester Borough Council, said: “I’d like to welcome Matthew to Colchester and to Firstsite in particular.

“I look forward to working with him in a productive fashion to take firstsite forward in an accessible and innovative way to make it a must-see venue for all residents and visitors.

“Matthew comes with an excellent reputation and, on behalf of Colchester Borough Council, I would view this as a really sound and promising appointment.”

shares

0 comments

Essex Police's Specialist Search Team worked on searching sections of water off the Wivenhoe Trail on Saturday for possible weapons connected to the murders of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea.

Police searches are taking place in Colchester today, acting on new information connected to the murders of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea.

A man has died after a collision between a car and motorcycle on the A1101 in Lackford.

A man has died after a collision between a car and motorcycle on the A1101 in Lackford.

Bianca Carpenter who is running the Ipswich half marathon after having to pull out last year because she had cancer.

A young woman who is overcoming breast cancer will be pulling on her running shoes later this year to raise money for charity.

Police searching near the scene where Nahid Almanea's body was found on Salary Brook Trail in Colchester.

A 16-year-old boy accused of killing two people, allegedly stabbing one more than 100 times, was remanded in custody when he appeared in court today.

Colourful houses on Aldeburgh seafront, Suffolk - but who can afford to live here?

Affordable housing is in such short supply in some parts of east Suffolk it is as if communities have been “ethnically cleansed” of less-well-off residents, a community leader claims.

An elderly man has been robbed in his own home after a gang of men broke in and attacked him.

The new incinerator at Great Blakenham.

Suffolk’s deal to take 40,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste from Norfolk County Council has been extended for another four years – until 2020.

Firefighters are using specialist cutting gear to free a woman trapped after a two-car crash in Clacton today.

Saxmundham Police Station is set to become a community hub.

A project to turn a town’s police station into a community hub has taken a huge step forward with the agreement of a deal to buy the building.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A teenager who broke another young man’s nose during an early morning altercation near an Ipswich nightspot has been given a community order.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages