Arts, Culture and Creative Industries – 2022
Transformation in Motion
Thank you for reading this edition of CANVAS. This is our first edition since 2020 and it feels like we emerge from two years of considerable challenge and change to a very different landscape in arts and culture to where we were before the pandemic. Whilst we face a period of great uncertainty ahead we also pick up a positive desire for challenging old norms and working practices to thinking of ways in which embracing change can benefit our leading organisations. This next period will be helped by technology and will for many bring a new focus on how arts and culture organisations relate to, support, embrace and engage with their communities.
Successful change and transformation is reliant on great leadership imbued with creativity and passion, and these are characteristics that align beautifully with the arts and culture sector. It is with great pleasure as we return to our CANVAS series we have had the chance to talk with three amazing leaders who really epitomise new thinking and transformation.
Thank you for reading this edition of CANVAS. This is our first edition since 2020 and it feels like we emerge from two years of considerable challenge and change to a very different landscape in
Two’s good company
Interview with Sara Wajid and Zak Mensah, Co-CEOs of Birmingham Museums Trust
While there are examples of co-Directors in Arts and Culture the job share model at CEO level is practically unheard of. However, there are two people who are making it a model to watch and learn from. They are Sara Wajid and Zak Mensah – joint CEOs of Birmingham Museums Trust. Appointed in November 2020 we were delighted that they found time to talk to us about their partnership, navigating leadership together through a pandemic and a major capital renovation project.
A culture of community
Interview with Gemma Rolls-Bentley, Chief Curator of Avant Arte
Avant Arte is an organisation taking a different approach to art. It is engaging, motivating and inspiring new communities of art lovers – 2.5 million in fact, of whom 90 per cent are under 35.
Hospital Rooms Fundraiser
On Monday 7th March, Saxton Bampfylde was delighted to have the opportunity to support a fundraising event with mental health charity, Hospital Rooms, as part of International Women’s Day 2022.
A selection of recent appointments advised by Saxton Bampfylde and our global partners
View from the River
Team insight with Todd Heppenstall
Take a closer glimpse into the Saxton Bampfylde team with our regular View from the River team insight feature. The company’s London office is based next to the iconic Thames. Todd Heppenstall is a Partner