FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Stubbs, international artist and currently Head of Exhibitions at the world leading Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), as the organisation's new director. Today, the FACT Board, confirmed that Mike Stubbs has accepted the offer of the position of Director of FACT and will take up the role in May 2007.
Professor Drummond Bone, Chairman of the FACT Board stated, "Mike Stubbs possesses an international breadth of experience and the Board of FACT and Arts Council North West are very pleased to announce his appointment. As Liverpool approaches its year as European Capital of Culture 2008 and FACT presents one of its most ambitious and high-profile programmes to date, Mike is charged with leading the city's flagship new media arts organisation into this world spotlight and with developing exciting plans for the future direction of FACT."
Born in Hertfordshire, Mike moved to Melbourne in 2003 to join ACMI as Curatorial Manager, becoming Head of Exhibitions the following year. An award-winning and respected moving image artist in his own right, the appointment reflected Mike's reputation as a leading international exhibition curator. Whilst at ACMI, Mike has driven a hugely successful programme of major exhibitions including the critically acclaimed White Noise (2005) and 2006 Contemporary Commonwealth, a central element of Melbourne's Commonwealth Games' cultural programme.
Reacting to his appointment, Mike, who will move to Liverpool in May with his wife and two children says, "I am massively excited to take up the post of Director of FACT, the organization at the cutting-edge of art and media and one of the jewels in the crown of Liverpool's ongoing cultural renaissance. Liverpool now has even greater opportunities in progressing as a world class arts and cultural hub and I look forward to applying my more recent experiences in Australia in driving that process through FACT."