A new era for Artswork as they welcome new CEO, Louise Govier

Date Created: 1st Sep 2020

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Today leading youth arts charity, Artswork is delighted to announce that their new CEO is Louise Govier.  Joining during lockdown, Louise will be working with Jane Bryant as joint CEOs until the end of September when Jane stands down after 10 years of leading the organisation. 

Louise joins Artswork from the National Trust where she led a portfolio of properties in South West Hampshire, including Mottisfont Abbey and countryside across the New Forest. She and her team developed arts and family programmes which tripled visitor numbers to Mottisfont, enabling significant investment in conservation, engagement and collaboration with partners regionally and nationally.

Beginning her career with The Art Fund, Louise went on to teach in Higher Education, gaining a PhD in Art History. Wanting to connect with a wider range of people, she joined the learning team at the National Gallery, working with all ages before becoming Head of Adult Learning. Undertaking a Clore Leadership Fellowship enabled Louise to develop her skills and to research and write on ‘leadership and co-creation’.

Louise feels strongly that Artswork’s mission has never been more needed or more relevant.

“I believe passionately that all children and young people have a right to a creative life, and that we must do all that we can to enable them to tap into their creativity and build their skills, for their personal growth but also for our society, economy and future as a country. 

The power of creativity to unlock potential, overcome barriers and open up opportunities is something I’ve understood my whole life through personal and professional experience. I’ve never lost that sense of the power of creativity to change lives, particularly those of children and young people. The role that Artswork plays is hugely important, and I feel both honoured and excited to be here, initially working alongside Jane and then leading Artswork as we go forwards.”

Jane Bryant announced at the end of last year that she would be leaving the charity during 2020 after a successful 10 years’ leadership. Over this time, Jane has led the organisation through a significant period of growth and development in the range and diversity of its programmes and partnerships. Jane was instrumental in preparing the organisation to be one of ten new Arts Council England Bridge organisations from 2012. She has been a leading advocate and facilitator in strengthening arts and cultural engagement with children and young people – both in and outside of school – creating new opportunities for participation and leadership, as well as work-based learning.

“Working with Artswork over the last decade has been an amazing privilege. I’ve met some extraordinary and inspiring children and young people and I’ve been fortunate to work with individuals, partners and organisations just as extraordinary in what they strive to do for and with them. I have absolutely loved the work – indeed, working with the staff and trustee team at Artswork to create real change for children and young people has been one of life’s greatest joys. I am delighted to hand on the baton to Louise.  She comes with a wealth of experience and an infectious passion. I look forward to seeing Artswork go from strength to strength.”

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Norinne Betjemann, said:

“Jane Bryant has shaped the Artswork we are today and the team, Trustees and the charity are left infinitely stronger and better for her leadership. I thank Jane on behalf of all the Board for her enormous contribution to Artswork. I’m delighted to now welcome Louise Govier to the role of CEO. After an extensive recruitment process to identify Jane’s successor I am confident that we have appointed the best possible person to take Artswork into its next era.  I believe Louise’s commitment to children and young people demonstrates the values and beliefs that are at the heart of Artswork. That commitment, combined with her strategic experience and dynamism, will enable the organisation to grow its resilience and its creative work to the benefit of children and young people and those that work with them.“

Artswork enables children and young people through arts and creativity to find their voice, become skilled leaders and achieve their aspirations. Based in Southampton the charity works nationally – but with a local approach to support children, young people and those working with them. Artswork works across sectors to strengthen infrastructure, facilitate partnerships, and sustain access to the arts and creativity. To find out more about Artswork visit www.artswork.org.uk

More information about new CEO Louise Govier can be found in her staff profile here: https://artswork.org.uk/staff-trustees/louise-govier/ 

More information about outgoing CEO Jane Bryant can be found here: https://artswork.org.uk/staff-trustees/jane-bryant/

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