Wales Millennium Centre has taken on a cohort of creative associates as part of a new initiative to put artists and communities at its heart.
Eight talented arts practitioners have joined Wales Millennium Centre as the first cohort in a long-term commitment to putting artists at the heart of the organisation’s work. Made possible by the Arts Council of Wales’ Cultural Recovery Fund, these roles are part of a new proposal for Wales Millennium Centre to build a new normal. It is, in part, a response to discussions that Wales Millennium Centre had with artists and freelancers throughout 2020 and the wider conversation happening across the sector about how we can build an arts sector that is fairer, more adventurous and inclusive.
Tafsila Khan, Tumi Williams, Jo Fong, Nerida Bradley, Ruslan Pilyarov, Ndidi John, Jaffrin Khan and Sita Thomas will join the organisation at a crucial stage in its story, as it emerges from the pandemic and rebuilds with a fresh new vision. Chosen from over two hundred and seventy applicants, the successful candidates come from a rich and eclectic mix of creative backgrounds from across the creative industries — from performance and music to storytelling and filmmaking.
‘This is a hugely exciting and important chapter for us — especially as it comes during a very challenging time for the arts sector,’ said Graeme Farrow, artistic director. ‘Artists and venues must do the often invisible and slow work together to develop, reimagine and change. I can’t wait to work with and learn from these eight amazing artists who are not just hired to produce work, but to be and become with us. They will have time and space to focus on their own practice and will inform our practice’.
This first cohort represents the beginning of a long-term commitment from the Centre, with a new group of associates announced every two years.
To find out more about the eight creative associates, visit the Wales Millennium Centre website.
Publishers from across Wales are joining forces to represent the sector under a new umbrella organisation, Cyhoeddi Cymru Publishing Wales (CCPW).