The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA has announced that Shelagh Magadza will be its new Executive Director from 23 October 2018, replacing Henry Boston.
Chamber Chair, Helen Cook, acknowledged and thanked Henry Boston for his leadership as inaugural Executive Director and his considerable contribution to the Chamber and its members over the last five years.
Ms Magadza is well known for her significant contribution as Artistic Director of the Perth International Arts Festival between 2006 and 2011.
More recently she has spearheaded New Zealand International Arts Festival as Artistic Director. In addition to her artistic credentials, Shelagh has held roles in arts governance, administration, advisory and logistics and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and a Masters in International Relations.
“Shelagh’s understanding of Western Australian arts and culture across many art forms, her highly respected collaborative leadership style and her recent international experience will I know be valued by our members and our community. We look forward to welcoming her back to Perth in October”, said Cook.
“I’m honoured to have the opportunity to take up this position with The Chamber. The ten years spent in Perth has given me a lifelong passion and respect for the unique and diverse voices across Western Australia. I look forward to contributing to a strong and vibrant arts and culture sector,” said Magadza.
Current Executive Director, Henry Boston, said “Shelagh Magadza’s appointment is terrific for the Chamber. Her understanding of advocacy, her leadership experience and her articulacy makes her an ideal choice to give a clear and powerful voice to the arts and culture sector in this state.”
FutureNow has worked extensively with the Henry Boston and the Chamber, and looks forward to continuing that relationship with Shelagh Magadza in the future.