After nearly 40 years of creating extraordinary work with Emergency Exit Arts, Deb Mullins has announced that she is stepping down from her role as EEA’s Artistic Director, in order to undertake national and international projects and consultancies in her own right.
We have the team and new Chairs & Board members in place to take EEA forward towards our 40th Year.
Having produced and directed hundreds of multi-art form projects and events that engage diverse communities and artists as participants and collaborators, Deb is now looking forward to the opportunity of forming new partnerships, sharing her skills and passing on her experience to a new generation of artists and producers. Deb's knowledge, pioneering spirit and passion for creating inclusive and ambitious work have enabled EEA to grow into one of the UK’s leading lights in outdoor arts and we are sorry to see her go, but we support her decision and wish her every success with her future endeavours.
New Staff Structure
Following Deb's departure, over the next 12 months EEA will be researching different business & artistic models to take the organisation forward into the future. During this transition period, Daniel Bernstein (Executive Director) will head up the organisation with the brilliant staff group in place. This will include a Management Team of three Creative Producers (Ross Bolwell, Kathryn Bilyard and Amaya Dent), Production Manager (Ben Raine) and General Manager (Jules Hodgson). They will be supported in turn by Angela Bond, Ruthie Carlisle-Brown, Shanika Warren, Yeu-Lai Mo, Mark Allan and Brett Levy. We will shortly be recruiting for two new roles - watch this space for details.
We are delighted to announce that we have appointed two joint Chairs of EEA, Sanaz Amidi and Dana Segal. Sanaz is a cultural innovator and social entrepreneur trained in the visual fine arts, business, accounting and education. In her current role she is Chief Executive of Rosetta Arts Centre in London. Dana is a strategist and fundraiser with a specialism in and passion for the arts, culture and heritage sector. She has worked organisations across the UK and Europe for a wider range of charities including UNICEF, Age Exchange and Scottish Book Trust.
We are also delighted to announce the appointment of three new Trustees to EEA's Board. They are Laura Woodward (Producer at Farnham Maltings), Ada Ooi (Entrepreneur and Founder of 001 Skincare) and James Brindle (Director of Development and Partnerships at Magna Vitae). We would also like to say thanks to two Trustees stepping down. Tony Othen has given over 12 years of support & service. Laura Turner steps down to focus on a new position she has taken up at A New Direction. We are both will continue to be great supporters of EEA.
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