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The Board of Community Arts Network is excited to announce it has appointed Jo Metcalf as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Jo Metcalf

After holding senior arts positions and delivering projects in London, New York, Sydney, South America, Africa and Europe, Jo says she is honoured to be able to return to her home state of WA to take up the leadership role at CAN.

We asked Jo to share with CAN readers a brief overview of her impressive work history.

“Born and raised in country Western Australia, I have spent my professional life working between Australia and the UK.  I began my career in the music industry in London and returned to WA to program the music for Perth International Arts Festival – bringing bands such as the Black Eyed Peas and The Buzzcocks to Australia for the first time.

I then moved back to rural England when I was appointed Director at the Salisbury International Arts Festival, 2004-2008 where I led the organisation through an extraordinary period of growth whilst delivering innovative award-winning programs that attracted participation from people such as Archbishop Tutu, Gillian Anderson, Melvyn Bragg and Vikram Seth. I went on to hold creative roles at The Roundhouse in London, Amnesty International (where I developed a global arts strategy), Wales Millennium Centre and the British Council.

I ran away and joined the circus for a while as International Partnerships & Programs Director for CIRCA and most recently I have been based in Sydney as Director, National Development at The Australia Council for the Arts.

I have worked with thousands of artists ranging from Bjork to U2, Marianne Faithfull, Kevin Spacey, Peter Gabriel, Jarvis Cocker, Billy Bragg, Shakespeare’s Globe, Soweto Gospel Choir, Vladimir Ashkenazy and The Beijing National Opera.  I’ve helped create commissions for the Olympics, engaged audiences across Latin America and delivered 300 events over 20 days – presenting artists in cathedrals and caves, at Stonehenge and The Barbican, at midnight and dawn…

I am thrilled to be taking up the new challenge of leading CAN in the next stage of its development – working with communities, artists and our partners – near and far.”

Image: Jo Metcalf | Photo by Toni Wilkinson

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