Farnham Maltings has announced it is merging with international exchange programme Visiting Arts, in a move to secure the future of the latter’s work.
Following the merger, the Surrey arts centre will continue some of the projects developed by Visiting Arts in the past 40 years, including the Cultural Attaché Network, which offers a series of briefing events for London-based embassies and cultural institutes to meet with their colleagues in the UK cultural sector.
In a statement, Farnham Maltings said the merger would also help develop the Visiting Arts’ Producers Breakfast meeting at the Edinburgh festivals.
Sophia Victoria, consultant with Visiting Arts, will be joining the Farnham Maltings team to work with the organisation’s CEO Gavin Stride and international producer Hannah Slimmon.
Yvette Vaughan Jones, who recently stepped down as chief executive of Visiting Arts, said: “Expanding on our shared ambitions and a great relationship built with Farnham Maltings over the years, I am delighted for this partnership to ensure the work of Visiting Arts continues and enable the development of the valuable programmes and networks we have cultivated.
“I have no doubt that the team will make the most of the opportunities and look forward to following the projects.”
Farnham Maltings produces a biennial showcase of contemporary performance, partnered with Brighton Festival.
Gavin Stride added: “It feels completely right, in these uncertain times, to work at understanding others and to describe who we are to the world.
“This is a perfect opportunity to ensure a legacy for the hard work of so many people at VA over the past 40 years and will, we believe, help more artists and programmers to work internationally.”