News: Jeanette Siddall

Wednesday 9 April 2003

Jeanette Siddall appointed Director of Dance
Arts Council England has announced the appointment of Jeanette Siddall as Director of Dance. She comes to the Arts Council from Dance UK, the leading organisation for dance professionals, where she has been Director since 2000.

Announcing the appointment, Kim Evans Executive Director of Arts at Arts Council England said:
“I am delighted that Jeanette is joining Arts Council England as our Dance Director. Her work in the dance community and in the funding system has given her a wide range of experience and a national perspective, which will be very valuable. I know that she will be a strong advocate for dance and help us deliver our broader ambitions for the arts.”

Jeanette Siddall’s career in dance spans performing, choreography, teaching, dance development and funding. She has worked as a freelance practitioner and in dance development in Scotland, Yorkshire, Norfolk and Kent. She first joined the Arts Council of England’s Dance Department in 1989 as Dance Officer and then Senior Dance Officer before being seconded to the senior management team. She became the first full-time Director of Dance UK in 2001.

Commenting on her appointment Jeanette Siddall said, “I am thrilled to be joining Arts Council England at the beginning of the life of the new organisation. I am keen to find ways of putting into practice its ambitions for the arts, for new ways of working and for new relationships across and beyond the arts. My time with Dance UK has been wonderful and I look forward to using the experience I have gained, in advocating for dance and responding to the aspirations of dance professionals, in my new role.”

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