Rebecca Ball to head Sunderland Culture

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The creative director of Tyne & Wear’s Sunderland Culture, Rebecca Ball, is the organisation’s new chief executive, succeeding Keith Merrin.

London born, Ball began her career in the arts running community and education projects, and by the time she was a Core Leadership fellow in 2010 had become the Arts Council’s director of arts for the South East. She moved to the North East when she became general manager of Newcastle theatre company and was appointed to run Sunderland’s City of Culture Bid in 2016, joining Sunderland Culture a year later.

“I have been constantly struck by the energy, determination and talent of people I have worked with in Sunderland, so I am thrilled to have this opportunity to continue to collaborate with our fantastic partners, board of trustees and staff” she said. “I know we will do everything we can to ensure that everyone can take part in, enjoy and shape arts and heritage in the city.”

Sunderland Culture was founded in 2016 through a partnership between Sunderland City Council, University of Sunderland and Sunderland MAC Trust, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity, to improve life in Sunderland through culture across five venues, the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA), the National Glass Centre, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, the Arts Centre Washington, and The Fire Station.


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