Southbank Centre’s Chief Executive, Elaine Bedell, announces the appointment of Madani Younis to the new role of Creative Director. He will take up the post in January 2019.
Madani joins the Southbank Centre following six critically acclaimed years at the helm of London’s Bush Theatre, where he has been Artistic Director and CEO since 2012. During his tenure he has delivered the largest capital project in the theatre’s history tripling audience capacity, produced work that has toured both nationally and internationally and delivered the theatre’s first West End transfer in over a decade.
As Creative Director, Madani will work closely alongside Southbank Centre’s Director of the Hayward Gallery, Ralph Rugoff, and Director of Music, Gillian Moore CBE, creating collaborations and cross-commissioned work, and designing bold and ambitious new cross arts projects across Southbank Centre’s 17-acre site to complement the existing artistic programme. The new role will be responsible for devising and delivering these as well as managing the Literature, Dance, Performance and free programmes along with senior programmers.
Elaine Bedell, Chief Executive of Southbank Centre said: “I'm delighted to welcome Madani Younis to Southbank Centre as our new Creative Director. It's my priority to ensure we bring world class Arts and Performances to all audiences and I know that Madani will bring a new energy and vision to our site and iconic venues. We want to provide bold, diverse and ambitious artistic programming here and Madani’s arrival signals that we are entering an exciting new era. Together with Ralph Rugoff and Gillian Moore, we now have an unrivalled and outstanding senior artistic team in place.”
Madani Younis said “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining Southbank Centre and extremely excited about this new chapter in my life. I’m looking forward to joining Elaine, Ralph and Gillian to develop impactful, forward-looking cross-artform collaborations and, as part of the wider artistic team, bringing world-class art to audiences old and new.”
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair Arts Council England said: “Madani’s appointment to the role of Creative Director at the Southbank Centre is good news. I have no doubt that he will bring an energy and vision which will seek to both embrace old audiences and reach out to new ones. Madani has built up a strong reputation for innovation and experimentation at the Bush, and we look forward with excitement to seeing how this will bring benefits to the Southbank Centre programme.”
Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries said: “Madani Younis is an inspired choice and I have no doubt that he will bring terrific artistic vision and a fresh perspective to the Southbank Centre. Madani is a talented leader and passionate advocate for the arts, who has worked tirelessly to champion access and nurture new talent. The Southbank Centre is a vital part of the capital’s cultural scene and I can’t wait to see how it evolves under the direction of the new creative team.”
Susan Gilchrist, Chairwoman of Southbank Centre’s Board warmly welcomed the appointment: “Southbank Centre’s Board is delighted that Madani will be taking on the new role of Creative Director. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a commitment to attracting and working with a diverse roster of artists - bringing new voices and talent to new audiences. Madani is an exciting addition to Southbank Centre's senior creative team and I know he, Gillian Moore and Ralph Rugoff will deliver a world class artistic programme under Elaine Bedell’s leadership as Chief Executive.”