Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis has appointed a new director to support South Yorkshire’s arts, culture and heritage sector recover from COVID and thrive after the pandemic.
Kate Brindley has been tasked with working with South Yorkshire’s cultural sectors to attract investment, grow participation and increase tourism opportunities for the region.
Kate will be bringing with her a wealth of experience, having previously worked for the Arnolfini in Bristol, the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Bristol Museums and Chatsworth.
Kate Brindley said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the project director arts, culture and heritage at this critical and exciting time for the sector and South Yorkshire. We want the region to be a place where people flourish through participation in arts and culture, and that our fantastic story and offer is recognised across the country and the globe.
“Growing up in Sheffield I loved visiting the region’s theatres, cinemas, music venues and art galleries. My experience of South Yorkshire’s rich cultural heritage fundamentally shaped who I am today. After university I volunteered at Rotherham Museums and since then I have built a career in museums and galleries across the country.
“It’s fantastic to come back to South Yorkshire and I’m looking forward to working with Mayor Jarvis to drive renewal through our arts, culture and heritage sectors. I want support the sector to give the next generation the same rich experience I enjoyed growing up here and inspire all residents through participation in the arts.”
Mayor Dan Jarvis said: “Arts, culture and heritage will play a key role in driving South Yorkshire’s economic renewal after COVID. Our theatres, museums, galleries and visitor attractions have faced an incredibly tough time and lockdown has shown how much we all value the fantastic attractions and assets we have on our doorstep. I’m determined to help them get back on their feet and flourish after the pandemic.
“The arts have the power to bring people together, something that is so desperately needed following months of social distancing and isolation. By uniting our cultural offer we can put South Yorkshire back on to the national stage and attract millions of tourists a year to our region, giving our economy the boost and recognition it needs.”