Our new Creative Director Richard Parry arrived this week and we’re so delighted to have him as part of our community and team.
Richard has most recently been the Director of Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art. Previously, he has worked in a curatorial role at the Grundy Art Gallery for Blackpool Council and at the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre in London. He said about his most recent festival experience; The 2021 Glasgow festival operated under the theme of Attention. This looked at not only how we pay attention to the world around us, but also the so-called ‘attention economy’, who receives our attention and who does not.
On his appointment to St James’s, Richard has said
“I am thrilled to be appointed in this exciting and ground-breaking new role. St James’s Church in Piccadilly is not only one of the most beautiful Wren buildings in London but it has an incredible history of ideas, thinkers and artists, whether William Blake, Mary Beale, Ottobah Cugoano or James Gillray. I look forward to working with all the team and community at St James’s, creating new programmes which build on its existing and much-loved music concerts and invite new audiences into this special and profound space.”