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Tarek Iskander announced as new artistic director of Battersea Arts Centre

Tarek Iskander. Photo: Slav Kirichok Tarek Iskander. Photo: Slav Kirichok
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Battersea Arts Centre has announced Tarek Iskander as its new artistic director and chief executive.

Iskander takes over from David Jubb, who is stepping down from his role in April 2019 after 20 years at the south London organisation.

He is currently interim director at the Arts Council, and has previously been an artistic director as part of Up Next, a scheme which aims to diversify theatre leadership. Iskander was one of the founders and is an associate artistic director at the Yard Theatre in Hackney and is also resident director at the National Theatre Studio.

He will begin the role in May 2019.

“David Jubb’s legacy is immense, and we want to use that springboard to continuously reinvent how we embolden our communities and our artists.

“Battersea Arts Centre will always be a home for the pioneering and the under-represented, the visionary and the mischievous.

“It’s that uncompromising, radical and rebellious spirit. That’s what has always made Battersea Arts Centre precious to me and to others,” he said.

The recruitment process was overseen by David Bryan, Battersea Arts Centre’s new chair of the board of trustees.

Bryan said: “Tarek emerged as the leading candidate after an open and rigorous recruitment process, involving external panellists and members of the community.

“I look forward to supporting his inspiring vision for the future of Battersea Arts Centre in my new role as chair of the board of trustees.”

Jubb added: “Tarek is a fantastic appointment for Battersea Arts Centre. He brings vision, warmth and a breadth of experience.

“He will lead positive change and take the organisation to a whole new level.”

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