Jane Bryant to step down as Artswork’s Chief Executive in 2020 after 10 years

Date Created: 8th Oct 2019

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Artswork’s Chief Executive, Jane Bryant, has announced today she will be stepping down from her role by July 2020.

Jane has been with the charity, which was founded by Sir Ken Robinson and works to transform the lives of children and young people through arts and culture, for almost 10 years. Over this time, she has led the organisation through a significant period of growth and development in the range and diversity of its programmes and partnerships, to deliver Artswork’s mission to create improved outcomes for children and young people. This has also resulted in a consequent increase in funding to support this work, moving from an annual turnover of £350K in 2010/11 to over £2m in 2018/19.

When Jane joined Artswork in 2010, she was instrumental in preparing the organisation to be one of ten new Arts Council England Bridge organisations from 2012, building on Artswork’s substantial record of work since its inception in 1987. 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. During this time Artswork has also prioritised skills development of young people in the arts and cultural sector, and is now in the seventh year of delivering a creative apprenticeship programme in partnership with cultural and creative employers. An unremitting advocate for the vital importance of high quality arts and culture experiences in transforming the lives and education of children and young people, Jane has also built Artswork’s programme of international work.

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Norinne Betjemann, said: “Jane has shaped the Artswork we are today and the team, trustees and charity are left stronger and better for her leadership. We will all miss her and are incredibly grateful for her generous leadership, unwavering commitment, and considered and inclusive approach to empowering the lives of children and young people.”

Jane Bryant, Chief Executive, said: “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, and working with the staff team at Artswork to create real change has been one of life’s greatest joys.”

Jane added, “While we recruit for my successor, I would like to reassure all partners and stakeholders that it’s very much business as usual with continuing momentum, pace and drive!’’

Artswork’s Board of Trustees are now seeking a new Chief Executive to take over from Jane by June/July 2020, following a detailed period of handover.

Could you be our next Chief Executive? Recruitment information can be found here

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