Will Gompertz leaves BBC for Barbican

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The BBC’s arts editor Will Gompertz is to leave to become director of arts and learning at the Barbican Centre.

Gompertz had joined the BBC in the then new arts editor role in 2009 from Tate where he had been head of media. He takes on another new role now, bringing together the Barbican’s arts and creative learning departments for the first time.

He said he was joining at a significant time for the Barbican and its audiences. “As we all adjust to the major cultural, ecological, scientific, technological and political changes that are defining the early decades of the 21st century, the arts in general, and the Barbican in particular, have a vital role in helping shape our future, providing an inclusive platform for discovery and discussion, and a diverse environment for ideas and exchange” he said.

Announcing the appointment Barbican managing director Sir Nicholas Kenyon said: "With his pioneering work on digital innovation at Tate, his unrivalled knowledge across the arts at the BBC, and his constant commitment to diversity and inclusivity, Will Gompertz is the ideal person to bring together the Barbican's outstanding arts and learning programmes for a new generation. Working with our leaders in the art forms and creative learning, he will reinvent the Barbican's commitment to 'arts without boundaries' in the radically changed environment after the pandemic."

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