Junction Arts Festival has appointed Paul Selwyn Norton as its new Festival Director. Paul will take over from outgoing Artistic Director, Greg Clarke, and Executive Producer, Frith Mabin, in leading the organisation from 2022 onwards.
With a background in performing arts, Paul is a highly experienced senior arts leader with a diverse global network and portfolio. As an accomplished artist, producer and director for more than 25 years, Paul is deeply committed to innovation within the arts sector.
Junction’s Chair, Liz Frankham, said that the Board and team are excited to welcome Paul to the Junction team. “Our brilliant outgoing Executive Producer, Frith Mabin and Artistic Director, Greg Clarke have guided Junction over the past decade and we thank them for their amazing work and creativity,” said Ms Frankham.
“We look forward to sharing this new Junction journey with the Launceston community. Paul will bring national and international connections that will give an added dimension to Junction and his breadth of experience, high energy and enthusiasm will make him a terrific addition to the Tasmanian cultural scene,” said Ms Frankham.
Mr Norton is currently based in Western Australia in his role as CEO & Director of STRUT Dance. He said that he is honoured and excited to be moving to Tasmania to take up the position.
“Looking especially forward to meeting all the wonderful artists, companies and organisations on the ground, adding my entrepreneurial spirit to the excellent Junction team and together amplifying local art-making that celebrates the city of Launceston and the region,” he said.
“Greg, Frith and the whole Junction family have made such a spectacular job of anchoring Junction into both the cultural calendar and the hearts of Launceston.”
“Building upon this legacy, I will be looking to embed Junction deeply into the creative earth of Northern Tasmania and from there link it to the nation and the world,” said Mr Norton.
The 2021 Junction Arts Festival takes place in Launceston: 1 – 5 September. For more information, visit: www.junctionartsfestival.com.au for details.
Image: Paul Selwyn Norton – photo by Mitchell Aldridge