Mark Ball

Mark Ball announced as Chair of artsdepot's Board of Trustees

Published: Tue 19 May 2015

Mark Ball, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of LIFT, has been appointed Chair of artsdepot’s Board of Trustees.

Mark Ball will be working with the Board of Trustees and the Chief Executive of artsdepot to build on the venue’s current success as a cultural hub. artsdepot welcomes over 130,000 visitors a year to its programme of performances and exhibitions, as well as providing creative learning opportunities for people of all ages, and supporting emerging artists to create new work.

Mark Ball said:
“I am thrilled to take on the role of Chair of artsdepot. Over the past few years I have watched the organisation deepen its impact and widen its engagement with the local community as well as grow in reputation throughout London as its arts programming becomes more confident and adventurous. I am full of admiration for the hard working and dedicated team and Board and I look forward to working with artsdepot as it secures its vital cultural role within London.”

Tracy Cooper, Chief Executive of artsdepot said:
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Mark Ball to our Board. Mark brings with him a wealth of experience producing work and curating festivals, which will be a vital asset to us, enabling artsdepot to reach its full potential as a vibrant arts centre supporting artistic innovation and bringing a vibrant programme of work to North Finchley. As part of our 10 year celebrations last October we pledged to increase our support to emerging artists. Since then we have launched a series of artists residencies in our new Creation Space, giving companies a chance to research and develop their ideas. Mark Ball’s expertise will help us take this work to the next level; developing our vision of artsdepot as a vital resource for the local community as well as a key player on the London arts scene.”

Mark Ball is the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of LIFT (the London International Festival of Theatre). Established in 1981 with a mission to throw open a window to the world, LIFT brings global stories to London, transforming the city into a stage and celebrating the experiences of the many individuals, cultures and communities that call London their home. LIFT curates a year-round programme of work - building to a pan-London festival of shows, special events and talks every two years.

Prior to his appointment at LIFT, Mark established Fierce Earth Ltd in 1997, which specialises in the production and presentation of cultural events, festivals and programmes. From 1998 – 2007 he directed Fierce!, an annual international festival of theatre, live art and contemporary dance taking place across the West Midlands which is now widely recognised as one of the UK's most vibrant contemporary arts festivals.

In January 2008 he was appointed Head of Events and Exhibitions at the Royal Shakespeare Company, leading a new department responsible for developing the profile of the RSC amongst new audiences by producing and delivering a range of high profile artist-led projects and commissions.

In November 2005, Mark was named the Institute of Director's (IoD) Young Director of theYear and was made a Clore Fellow in 2006/2007. In 2012 he was named by Time Out and The Stage as one of the ten most influential people in British theatre.

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