David Jubb to leave Battersea Arts Centre after 20 years

David Jubb will leave Battersea Arts Centre in 2019.

David Jubb is to step down as artistic director and chief executive of Battersea Arts Centre in April 2019, after 20 years.

Jubb, who joined the venue as development producer in 1999, before becoming artistic director and chief executive in 2004, said it was time to “bugger off and let someone else have a go”.

His departure is the latest in a string of changes in London, which has also seen Madani Younis announce his departure from the Bush Theatre, and Edward Hall revealing he will be leaving Hampstead Theatre.

He added it had been a “massive privilege to work in this organisation”.

“It’s a very special organisation with a great history and an exceptional community. I will carry with me the generosity, love, kindness, creativity and sheer remarkableness of so many people, over the years,” he said.

BAC chair Michael Day praised Jubb as an “outstanding and visionary leader”.

“He has nurtured and inspired a generation of artists and a succession of talented staff members to give far more than they would have believed possible. He has created an organisation that is loved and valued from Lavender Hill to Rio de Janeiro and all points between,” he said.

He added: “In the aftermath of the fire [in 2015], he showed us a future to believe in and worked tirelessly to bring everyone’s efforts together. Three years later, the renaissance of the Grand Hall is a memorial to his work, and will be so for all time. We owe him a great debt of gratitude.”

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Also leaving in 2019 will be artistic associate Shelley Hastings and associate artistic director Sarah Golding.

Rebecca Holt remains as executive director and deputy chief executive, with Liz Moreton remaining as director of creativity and social change.

BAC said it would begin the search for Jubb’s replacement immediately, with the newly appointed person beginning in May 2019.

Matthew Hemley

Matt is news editor for The Stage, having started as the newspaper’s broadcast reporter. He covers all areas of the industry in his role, but has a particular interest in musical theatre. Matt studied acting at Bretton Hall and presents a monthly theatre news round up on BBC London Radio.

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