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Isle of Wight body to get new arts director

Thu 18 Oct 2012

Isle of Wight body to get new arts director

Isle of Wight centre Quay Arts is looking for a new director after it was announced that Jo Cowan is leaving the organisation after two years in the top job.

According to a report by the Isle of Wight County Press, Ms Cowan has been working for the body for six years and stated that she has "hugely enjoyed" her time there.

She added that she feels "very privileged to have worked with such talented and enthusiastic people from across the island" in recent years.

But she argued now is the right time to move on and allow someone else to take over as the director of Quay Arts, due to the fact that the necessary financial support from the Arts Council has been secured to ensure the future of the organisation.

She told the newspaper that she consulted with stakeholders and developed a new business plan before revealing her decision to leave Quay Arts, which will now be starting the search for her replacement for the role.

Chair of Trustees at Quay Arts Mike Fisher thanked Ms Cowan for her contribution to the body over the course of the last six years.

"During her time as director she has led the organisation through a period of great change," he said, adding Quay Arts could be set to go in a new direction in the coming months as a result of the preliminary work that has been done by the former director.

Mr Fisher added that the securing of the funding from the Arts Council has also confirmed "the ability to implement the transition", noting: "We wish her every success in her future endeavours."

Quay Arts, which is located in Newport on the Isle of Wight, hosts regular events for the island community, as well as nights such as a comedy club and live shows from a variety of acts.

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