SALA Festival announces new CEO

SALA Festival announces new CEO

Today SALA Festival chair, Mr Nicholas Linke, formally announced the appointment of Kate Moskwa to the role of CEO of SALA Festival. The appointment comes after the resignation of current CEO Penny Griggs who will be leaving SALA at the end of October to take up the role of CEO at the Adelaide Central School of Art.

Kate, who will assume responsibilities from early November, started at SALA Festival in early 2014 directly from Adelaide Fringe. She is currently the SALA Festival Program Manager and has been instrumental in the digital capacity development of the organisation, managing public programs as well as supporting the hundreds of venues and thousands of participating artists each year. Kate knows SALA Festival from every angle and will be able to provide a seamless transition for the organisation that has undergone significant growth in the last six years.

Kate has a background in festivals and community arts, a Master’s in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of South Australia and a Master’s in Art History from Adelaide University.

Mr Linke said:

"The SALA Festival has been going from strength to strength in the 6 years of Penny’s leadership, having grown to some 700 exhibitions involving 9,000 artists with an audience of over 800,000. Penny has re-invigorated SALA's engagement with the sector and leaves SALA in a very strong position."

"The SALA Board are delighted that we have been able to promote Kate to the role of CEO. Kate's in-depth knowledge of and connection with the visual arts sector in South Australia and her existing connections with SALA's many stakeholders put her in the perfect position to take SALA on the next part of its journey." 

“The SALA Festival has been embraced by the community since its inception in 1998 and has grown significantly under Penny's leadership. I look forward to exploring the ways in which SALA can continue to support and promote South Australia’s incredible visual artists and to develop and challenge audiences,” said Kate.

The SALA Festival was started in 1998 by Paul Greenaway, Founder and Patron and SALA has conducted 21 annual festivals since that time, celebrating South Australian visual artists.

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