Press Release

21 March 2014

Canterbury Christ Church University warmly welcomes Sally Abbott as its new Director of Arts and Culture.

Sally, who started her role in March, brings a wealth of leadership experience to the post having worked in the arts and culture field for over 20 years in a variety of roles. She has particular expertise in arts programming and audience development, business planning in the cultural sector and delivering projects with a range of partners.

Sally Abbott, Director of Arts and Culture at Canterbury Christ Church University
Sally Abbott, Director of Arts and Culture at Canterbury Christ Church University

Graduating from City University London with a Masters in Cultural Management, Sally has held senior roles in a number of prestigious organisations including Arts Council England, where she held the posts of Director of Arts and Regional Director.

Sally said: “I am delighted to take up the post of Director of Arts and Culture at Christ Church. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be part of an internationally-focused University with a clear and ambitious focus on developing and supporting arts and culture.”

The University will benefit from the in depth appreciation and knowledge of South East, UK and International art and culture that Sally has developed throughout her career. Her extensive experience in growing successful engagement with the arts has been developed through working with artists, arts organisations and the cultural and academic infrastructure in the region, such as Canterbury Festival and the Turner Contemporary.

Professor Roderick Watkins, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, said: "I am delighted to welcome Sally to Christ Church. Arts and culture are a vital part of this University's identity and mission, and Sally's professional links and leadership experience will be hugely valuable to us as we further develop our work and our partnerships."

Rosie Turner, Director of the Canterbury Festival, said: “The appointment of Sally Abbott to the post of Director of Arts and Culture is an exciting one. Sally is a respected national figure in the arts, and her up-to-date cultural industry connections will be hugely valuable to the University.

“The creation of this new role clearly signals Canterbury Christ Church University’s commitment to further increasing excellence across the range of music, performance and the digital and visual arts. With Sally’s vision, drive and networks, there will be even more impressive creative work to enjoy.”

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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