In August 2016 I was appointed as Creative Director of York Mediale, tasked with raising the funding, building the organisation, and delivering the largest media art festival ever staged in the UK. The first festival took place in September and October 2018.
York Mediale 2018 was the first major event, planned, developed and delivered by the newly formed, independent, not for profit (CIC) organisation. Created as the accessible expression of the UNESCO designation for York as a Creative City of Media Art, the festival was an enormous success on many levels. So much so, that the next festival, scheduled for October 2020, has already been announced.
Reflecting a step-change moment in the UK’s media arts programming, the Mediale is focused on engaging audiences with exciting, innovative and high quality programming, whilst maintaining a commitment to education and talent development. It follows York’s designation as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Media Arts.