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Cath James steps up at SE Dance

And new chief executive for Art Asia.

South East Dance has appointed Cath James to the role of artistic director.

James, who was previously the company’s programme director and has been acting as artistic director, will lead the arts charity in tandem with a new executive director as it prepares to move into a new home at the Dance Space, opening to the public in Spring 2020.

The move follows a restructure following the death of artistic director/CEO Jamie Watton in July. Recruitment for the new executive director will begin shortly.

Judith Hibberd, Acting Chair of South East Dance, said “Cath presented a compelling vision for realising this whilst establishing The Dance Space firmly in the south east’s dance infrastructure and the local community’s hearts and minds.”

James has over 35 years of professional dance industry experience. Originally trained as a dancer at the conservatoire in Brisbane before performing with a number of Australian dance companies, Cath has danced with Rambert Dance Company and Siobhan Davies Company. She has taught for Company Wayne McGregor, New Adventures, Rambert Dance Company, Scottish Ballet, The Place and the Dalston School in New York City.

The Southampton based arts organisation, Art Asia, has announced the appointment of Priti Paintal as its new chief executive.

Paintal is an artist, composer, producer and promoter and was a pioneer in the cross-cultural music field. She is the founder of ShivaNova, Equator Festival, the Diversity Arts Network, and Equator’s (WOW) Women of the World Festival.

Art Asia has a long track record in delivering South Asian Arts across the South East. Their work which includes the annual Southampton Mela Festival, classes in South Asian music and dance and venue performances featuring the best local, national and international artists.

Paintal replaces the organisation’s founding chief executive, Vinod Desai MBE who said:"I am very proud of Art Asia and what we achieved during my time. I feel that Priti will bring different experiences and a new energy, something important for any organisation, especially in the arts.”



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