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We have a new Creative Director!

We’re thrilled to announce that the V&A\s Irini Papadimitriou will soon be joining the team as our new Creative Director

Currently Digital Programmes Manager at London’s V&A and Head of New Media Arts for Watermans, Irini will join the FutureEverything team in October. Her appointment comes as our company Founder, Drew Hemment, moves to a key strategic role on the FutureEverything Board.

An accomplished curator, producer and cultural figure, Irini has worked at the forefront of digital culture for many years and has led a number of exciting, high profile initiatives, including the annual Digital Performance festival for Watermans, and the V&A’s Digital Design Weekend and Digital Futures (here she is talking Digital Futures at TDC16). Irini is also the co-founder of Maker Assembly and an Art & Design Associate with Mozilla.

Here are a few words from Irini:

“I am thrilled to be joining FutureEverything, a leading and inspirational organisation that has been producing and presenting groundbreaking work for so many years. I am also very excited to be moving to the vibrant and creative city of Manchester, a world capital of the arts. I look forward to working with the talented FutureEverything team and the community in Manchester, but also in the rest of the UK and internationally, to forge new connections, enable new ideas to develop, and open new ground for critical conversations about the potential and impact of technology, innovation and digital culture today.”

In the last ten years, FutureEverything has transformed from an annual festival to an organisation that delivers groundbreaking art, participatory design and community platforms, as well as year-round innovative events. Irini will join our team during a pivotal era of growth and organisational shift in which we’ll continue to build our research programme, develop opportunities for new media art in non-art domains, grow our service design offering and transform our relationship with our eponymous festival of digital culture.

At the heart of our new vision is a bold idea that many more people should be able to access and contribute meaningfully to participatory digital arts and culture. Irini will play a key role in shaping that vision and leading the team as we enter this exciting new chapter.

Drew Hemment, FutureEverything Founder, says:

“Over the last 23 years, FutureEverything has had the pleasure of working with leading creative figures from around the world in art, technology and digital culture. In all those years, one continuous feature has been positive disruption and change. 2018 is no different, so we’re very pleased to welcome Irini Papadimitriou to the FutureEverything team as our new Creative Director. Irini is an extremely accomplished and inspiring artistic leader, and we believe she will surprise us and our community anew.

As for me? I’ll be moving into a key strategic role on the FutureEverything Board of Directors, while also working on some large-scale international work. I also have some exciting news on the horizon, but more on that another time.”

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