Luminato Festival Announces New CEO Anthony Sargent
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
It is with tremendous pleasure that we congratulate ISPA’s Board Chair Anthony Sargent, CBE,on his new appointment as CEO of Luminato Festrival (ISPA member organization since 2006).
“Festivals of many different kinds have been a consistent thread through my entire working life and I’m delighted to have been invited to work with Luminato’s visionary artistic director Jorn Weisbrodt, with the festival’s ambitious board and great staff team, and with the local arts community to lead Luminato into the future, adding new excitements to all its admired successes to date,” says Anthony.
The below press release was published on May 19, 2015 by Luminato Festival. Please join us in congratulating Anthony on his new chapter in Toronto starting this summer!
Luminato Festival announces new CEO Anthony Sargent
Former founding general director of England’s Sage Gateshead, visionary British arts leader and BBC veteran heads to Toronto
Luminato Festival’s co-founder and chair, Tony Gagliano, today announced Anthony Sargent as the organization’s incoming CEO following an extensive global search. Sargent, a UK-based arts leader, brings a wealth of experience, ideas, and energy to Luminato Festival as the organization approaches its 10th anniversary.
“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce Anthony as our incoming CEO as Luminato Festival looks toward its second successful decade,” said Gagliano. “In the past nine years, we’ve established a reputation as a premier multi-arts festival, known for presenting inspiring work by the best artists from Toronto and around the world. Anthony’s reputation and work precedes him and we can’t wait to see him take the Luminato Festival to the next level.”
Sargent is currently the elected chair of the New York-based International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), the leading international network for performing arts. He has presented the last seven editions of ISPA’s celebrated artistic commissioning pitch session, Pitch New Works, in New York, São Paulo, Bogotá, Seoul, Wrocław, Toronto and later this month, in Malmö.
For the past 15 years, he was founding general director at Sage Gateshead, an uncompromisingly ambitious arts centre for music performance and education in England, recognized internationally for its world-class performance and its inclusiveness, accessibility, and social engagement.
“In less than a decade Luminato Festival has made a global impact for Toronto – a proud new emblem of the city’s multi-faceted cultural energy and sense of adventure,” said Sargent. “Festivals of many different kinds have been a consistent thread through my entire working life and I’m delighted to have been invited to work with Luminato’s visionary artistic director Jorn Weisbrodt, with the festival’s ambitious board and great staff team, and with the local arts community to lead Luminato into the future, adding new excitements to all its admired successes to date.”
During his time at Sage Gateshead, Sargent led the organization through its inception which included the building of a new, state-of-the-art facility (designed by Norman Foster) and the merger of three separate arts organizations to establish a new and recognizable brand, a series of development campaigns and a major review of the organization’s business model at the end of its first decade to respond to falling public funding of the arts in Britain. Under Sargent’s leadership, research showed Sage Gateshead had contributed £283m ($580m) to the regional economy in just 10 years – almost three times the total public funding (capital and revenue) invested in the organization to that date.
Other highlighted past experiences include 16 years with the BBC in a range of roles in Arts and Current Affairs, Artistic Projects Director as part of South Bank Centre’s fresh senior management team as an independent organization, Head of Arts for Birmingham City Council, and much more.
Sargent will relocate to Toronto and is expected to begin his term later this summer, following the completion of immigration proceedings. He will attend the 2015 Luminato Festival (June 19 to 28) as an audience member. Until an official start date for Sargent has been set, Lucille Joseph continues to serve as Interim CEO, after which she returns to her role as Luminato Festival Vice Chair. Searchlight Recruitment worked with the Festival and its CEO Search Committee to recruit and select Sargent as incoming Luminato Festival CEO from a shortlist of Canadian and international candidates.
The 9th annual Luminato Festival is set to create adventurous art and ideas in adventurous places from June 19 to 28 with a celebratory, 10-day multi-arts schedule that reimagines Toronto and the way we experience it. This June, local, national and international artists, from one to 1,000, animate the city with music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, film, food, and more. For full programming details or to buy tickets, visit www.luminatofestival.com.