FutureEverything appoints Creative Director from V&A

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by Stephen Chapman

Irini Papadimitriou has been named as the new creative director for FutureEverything in Manchester.

She joins from London’s V&A, where she’s currently digital programmes manager, as well as head of new media arts for Watermans. She will leave both posts to head to the North West in October.

The digital culture organisation is now in its 24th year and Papadimitriou’s role will be to deliver artistic leadership and creative direction.

“I am thrilled to be joining FutureEverything, a leading and inspirational organisation that has been producing and presenting groundbreaking work for so many years,” she said.

“I am also very excited to be moving to the vibrant and creative city of Manchester, a world capital of the arts. I look forward to working with the talented FutureEverything team and the community in Manchester, but also in the rest of the UK and internationally, to forge new connections, enable new ideas to develop, and open new ground for critical conversations about the potential and impact of technology, innovation and digital culture today.”

It comes as founder, Dr Drew Hemment moves to a more strategic role on the operation’s board.

“Over the last 23 years, FutureEverything has had the pleasure of working with leading creative figures from around the world in art, technology and digital culture. In all those years, one continuous feature has been positive disruption and change. 2018 is no different, so we’re very pleased to welcome Irini Papadimitriou to the FutureEverything team as our new Creative Director. Irini is an extremely accomplished and inspiring artistic leader, and we believe she will surprise us and our community anew,” explained Hemment.

“As for me? I’ll be remaining in a leadership role on the FutureEverything Board of Directors, while also working on some large-scale international work.”