Canadian Saltzman to be Barbican arts director

Devyani Saltzman, the director of public programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario, is to be the Barbican’s director for arts and participation, completing the arts centre’s management reconstruction under CEO Claire Spencer.

Saltzman, a curator and writer on cultural policy, will take up her post in July. Her appointment completes the top management team line-up at the Barbican alongside directors for buildings and renewal; audiences; development; finance and administration; people, culture and inclusion; and commercial.

“We are living through such an important moment in which cultural institutions have the opportunity to enter into a new way of serving their people and the public” Saltzman said. “I really believe this generation of leadership can envision not only the best of creative practice and programming, but embody a healthier way of thinking and working, especially for the communities we serve and our own staff.

“I look forward to working with the team to present the most innovative and thought-provoking work, that addresses and makes space for the issues we are collectively facing and ensures the Barbican is authentically welcoming for all.” 

Spencer said of Saltzman: “Her ideas and experience will be instrumental in our ongoing journey towards a revitalised Barbican, as London’s creative catalyst for arts, curiosity, and enterprise, and a truly welcoming and transformational space for artists, audiences, and communities.”

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