A NEW CHAIR AND CHANGE OF LOCATION FOR THE NCA
Following the departure of Acting Director Selina Mehra, Laura Willoughby MBE is joining the NCA as Interim Director on secondment from London Councils.Laura is currently political advisor to London Councils, the advocacy and services organisation for the capital’s 33 local authorities. She was a Councillor in Islington for 12 years where she had cabinet responsibility for culture and the arts. She served on the board of Arts Council London and the Reaching Communities Board of the Big Lottery Fund. She chaired the Local Government Association Equalities Executive and currently serves on the Homes and Communities Agency equality advisory panel. Laura was formally Chief Executive of The Food Chain and has undertaken advocacy and media relation roles for YMCA England, Stonewall and IMechE. Last year Julia Payne of the Hub undertook a Strategic Review for the NCA, which reaffirmed the need for an organisation that can speak for all sectors of the arts. The Arts Index, published last December, further demonstrated this need, highlighting trends of central and local government cuts and fragile private and corporate sponsorship over the last few years. Following this Strategic Review, the NCA is in discussion with its founding member organisations to ensure that the NCA continues to be an authoritative voice representing the whole sector at the highest level. All NCA Members will be kept informed as these discussions progress. Laura said “this is a really exciting time to be joining the NCA. A strong and consistent dialogue between the arts sector, the Government and the public is essential. I am looking forward to ensuring the talent and expertise within our cultural industries gets its voice heard.” With effect from Wednesday April 11, the NCA offices will move from Kingly Street, Soho to Tavistock Street in the heart of Covent Garden. These new, efficient and cost effective offices will enable the NCA to continue its vital work for future of the arts. The new address in full is: 4th Floor 17 Tavistock Street London WC2E 7PA Our new telephone number- which will be active from Thursday 5th April- is : 02072 404698
The 2011 UK Arts Index Report
In order to download a copy of the Arts Index report you need to become a member of the NCA. The report gives a full breakdown of the data collected across 20 indicators, including in-depth anaylsis of the regional, national and UK wide picture. If you are a member, simply log in and then follow this link.