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James set to take the lead in new role at arts initiative.

Byline: Barbara Hodgson

THE Maltings in Berwick has announced the appointment of James Lowther as its new head of visual arts.

James, who was senior arts development officer at the DLI in Durham, takes up his post on August 1, leading a new initiative - Berwick Visual Arts - set up through The Maltings' 2012-15 Arts Council funding.

Aimed at bringing together visual arts venues, and potential new ones, in the area and the wider community, the initiative will forge close relationships with schools and the community. James, who recently returned to the region from an eight-month career break which saw him learn about local arts in India and south-east Asia, has previously worked in the cultural sector across the North East as well as leading Durham County Council's arts development team, including award-winning commissions as part of Brass festival.

In his new post he'll work closely with artists and organisations including Berwick Film & Media Art Festival, the Woodhorn Trust, and the Berwick Watchtower.

He said, "I'm really looking forward to working in Berwick where some great work in the visual arts has been achieved in the past.

"This gives us a great opportunity to develop a unique and dynamic visual arts programme that is rooted in Berwick but also recognised nationally and internationally."

Maurice Ward, chairman of The Maltings' board of directors said: "After just over three months of securing funding for Berwick Visual Arts, we are pleased that James will be joining us to lead a stimulating future for the arts and artists in Berwick and the Borders."

The Maltings, where Matthew Rooke took over as chief executive and artistic director in January, attracts about 102,000 visitors a year to its theatre and independent cinema.

James Lowther's appointment coincides with the opening of its first official Berwick Visual Arts exhibition: Eduardo Paolozzi's "General Dynamic F.U.N. The free exhibition runs from tomorrow until August 26 in the Granary Gallery. It's open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am-5pm. For information about what else is on at the venue visit www.maltingsberwick.co.uk. Barbara Hodgson

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 26, 2012
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