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Arts Council announces new members

Thu, 02 Nov 2023

Joff Whitten and Jo Davies
Joff Whitten and Jo Davies

The Isle of Man Arts Council has announced the appointment of two new members. Illustrator, author and lecturer Professor Jo Davies, and Children’s Centre CEO, musician and artist Joff Whitten will be serving as Council members for the next four years.

The eight members of the Council serve in a voluntary capacity, and the Council works to achieve the aims and ambitions within the Tynwald approved National Development Strategy for Culture and the Arts, which is jointly shared with Culture Vannin.

Professor Jo Davies will be the Isle of Man Arts Council representative to Culture Vannin, a role formerly undertaken by Culture Vannin Board member, Chris Williamson.   

Jo said: “I’m thrilled to become part of the vibrant Council and am excited about working with such a committed and dynamic team.” 

Joff Whitten’s appointment is due to the retirement of former Vice Chair, Dr Laura Rowles, who served eight years on the Council.  

Prior to becoming the CEO of The Children’s Centre on the Isle of Man, musician and artist Joff worked at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Courtauld Institute of Art and Arts Council England.

Chair of the Isle of Man Arts Council, Mrs Claire Christian MHK, said: “The new members bring a wealth of talent and experience to the Isle of Man Arts Council. We look forward to their valuable contributions in promoting and supporting the arts on the Isle of Man. 

“I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Dr Laura Rowles for her dedicated service. Her contributions have been invaluable and helped shape the Island’s creative and cultural landscape. We wish her the very best in her future endeavours."


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