Pavilion Charity appoints artistic director

Julia Twomlow has been appointed as the artistic director and chief executive of Rothesay Pavilion.
Julia Twomlow has been appointed as the artistic director and chief executive of Rothesay Pavilion.

Rothesay Pavilion Charity has announced the appointment of the new artistic director and chief executive of Rothesay Pavilion.

Julia Twomlow, who will be moving to Bute in November to take up the full-time role, is currently director of the Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall. Prior to that she was director of the Acorn Theatre Arts Centre in Penzance and a freelance cultural industries consultant. She has also been a fellow on the prestigious Clore Leadership Programme, where she now acts as a facilitator.

Nick Merriman, Chair of the Rothesay Pavilion Charity, said: “We had an excellent field for this post, but it was the unanimous view of board members that Julia has exactly the right combination of skills and experience we need.

“At the Leach Pottery, she was the first director of a new museum, gallery and studio which was set up as a charitable trust with a strong commercial arm. She has led this from a position where it had no funding, no reserves, and no working capital, to a financially successful operation.

“Crucially, she has a strong track record in arts and heritage exhibitions, which will be an important component of the Pavilion. From her time at Acorn Theatre, she has experience of wide ranging arts centre programming, from all genres of music to comedy, festivals and film. She impressed us with her business acumen, her leadership skills, her understanding of working within a tourist economy as well as in a community context, and her personality.

“We are very much looking forward to working with her on this exciting project.”

Julia will take up her post in early November, and will be moving with her family to the island. She will spend some time getting to know the local community, the stakeholders in the project, and in planning both the work of the charity over the next two years until re-opening, and the programme of activities for the first few years of operation.

Julia said: “I am really delighted to be appointed to this post. I have had seven very happy years at the Leach Pottery working with a brilliant team and I knew it would take a special place to lure me away. Bute is just such a place and I look forward to working with Nick Merriman and the Trustees of Rothesay Pavilion to bring this amazing building to life again for the community.”