Forma’s Artistic Director (+CEO) to take up new role as independent producer supporting artists and organisations In the UK and internationally.
Debbi Lander is set to leave Forma. After joining in October 2015 Debbi has been instrumental in providing the artistic and strategic direction of the organisation during a period of profound change. She reinvigorated the organisation with a new 10-year vision and secured the presence of Forma as a vital part of the contemporary arts ecology in the UK and internationally as well as continued Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation status.
Working on Forma projects, involving collaborations with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; HIAP - Helsinki International Artist Programme, Finland; Lincoln Centre for Performing Arts, New York; Barbican Centre, London; and the University of Salford, Debbi has been a passionate advocate for self-producing artists. She has produced commissioned artists' projects Song for Armageddon (Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson with Ophir Ilzetzki) and From Out a Darker Sea (So Percussion with Amber Films), curated touring and publishing projects including Heirloom (Gina Czarnecki) and Mark Boulos' first monograph with Hatje Cantz, and piloted inForma and Sacred Spaces as two new annual programmes.
‘My time at Forma has been a transformative personal experience, this not only comes down to the artists and organisations I have had the pleasure of working with but also to the talented staff team who shared my sense of occasion. Forma is truly distinct and as it is beginning the next phase, I recognise the greater benefits of a leadership change and this is the right point for me to step down and focus on what I do best: creating new initiatives and building collaborative structures in cultural space.’ – Debbi Lander
The Board of Trustees wishes Debbi every success in her new endeavour and is thankful for her contributions to the organisation. Debbi’s succession will be subject of a further announcement.