Louise Mitchell is appointed to South West Council of Arts Council England

Louise Mitchell, CEO of Bristol Music Trust, which runs Colston Hall, has been appointed as a member of the South West Council of Arts Council England (ACE).

ACE champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

Between 2018 and 2022, it will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

ACE Area Council members are drawn from different roles across and beyond the arts and culture sector. They include practitioners, arts administrators and local authority representatives and use their expertise and grassroots knowledge of local issues to help create and implement ACE’s strategy of great art and culture for everyone and play a crucial role in both local and national decision-making.

Louise joins a Board that is currently chaired by Dame Rosemary Squire, co-founder and joint CEO of the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG) and Trafalgar Entertainment Group (TEG)

Phil Gibby, Arts Council Area Director, South West said: “Louise will bring not just expertise of running Bristol’s largest performing arts venue, but of leading a major fundraising programme for its transformation into a world class venue. We’re delighted to welcome her to the board.”

Louise added:  “I’m delighted to be taking on this challenge at such an important time for our region. The South West has a long track record of producing world-class artists and cultural organisations, from the traditional through to emerging digital and creative media technologies. I will work hard to make sure we take every opportunity to develop the arts in the South West and to celebrate our success.”

Louise takes up the position formally on 1 September and the term will run for four years.

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