We are delighted to announce that Attenborough Arts Centre has appointed a new Director, Andrew Fletcher. We are thrilled to welcome him into our team as our current Director Michaela Butter’s successor and look forward to what he has to bring.
For over 10 years Michaela Butter has been our Director following her career as Head of Museum Services for Nottingham City Council, Director of Arts Strategy at Arts Council England, and an educational background in Post-Graduate Museum Studies from The University of Manchester. Her leadership has led us to expand our gallery space, reach new heights in research, and engage with more people than ever before. After years of hard-work within the arts culture sector, she decided to retire this coming Easter which prompted a search for her successor. After dozens of applications from incredible professionals across the country, Andrew Fletcher was unanimously chosen by the interviewing panel out of six finalists.
Currently the Programme Manager at Warwick Arts Centre, the largest University Arts Centre in the county, he has significant experience in combined arts, venue, and people management. Prior to this he was Head of Administration at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre leading the strategic planning of their artistic and learning programmes, while also working within the executive teams in a number of nationally significant cultural institutions such as the Serpentine Gallery, National Theatre and Wigmore Hall.
Overall, the panel was impressed by his passion, energy, and his strategic focus as well as his history of supporting inclusion and diversity within the arts. Andrew’s work has always championed smaller scale artists and projects, working with many of the same disabled artists and companies with whom the AAC works with. Within his career he has also created space for LGBTQIA+ artists and performers, and commissioned companies such as Coventry Sacred Space Initiative, Black Voices, Maokwo and Chinese Arts Now to work with diverse local communities.
Andrew will be joining us in April and we are so excited for him to continue our legacy of inclusive and diverse arts for all.