New director for Norwich Arts Centre

PUBLISHED: 06:30 09 January 2013

Pasco-Q Kevlin, the new director of the Norwich Arts Centre. Picture: Denise Bradley

Pasco-Q Kevlin, the new director of the Norwich Arts Centre. Picture: Denise Bradley


He has been a regular visitor to Norwich Arts Centre over the years, and now Pasco-Q Kevlin is excited about taking on the reins at the city venue.

Pasco-Q has taken over as director from Stuart Hobday, who left to pursue writing interests after nearly nine years in the post, and he is looking forward to playing a part in championing new music talent, and developing partnerships across the arts to help keep the city’s creative scene thriving.

“Since the mid 1980s I have been coming to Norwich Arts Centre. When I saw Stuart had decided to move on I saw this as a great opportunity to move to a great city, have a lot of fun and take on a successful, thriving venue,” said 45-year-old Pasco-Q, who is joining the centre from Arts Council England where he was combined arts and touring manager for the east, and he has previously been artistic director at the Lakeside Theatre in Colchester and director of operations at Colchester Arts Centre.

“I do not want to change anything radically - if something works well it is about continuing building on what we have been doing. We have got this great reputation for music and a long history of putting on bands at the early stages in their careers and enjoying the kudos of watching them grow, and I definitely want to keep doing that.”

He added: “There is nothing quite like standing in the audience and watching a new band that you just know are going to do something amazing.”

He said as well as the centre being a platform for new acts he also hoped to work with other organisations to create opportunities across the region and beyond for new artists, and at the other end of the scale maintain great relationships with established performers.

In terms of his own music tastes, Pasco-Q said his favourites include The Smiths and Velvet Underground, and he was impressed David Bowie was releasing a new single.

“David Bowie has always understood art and popular culture and that is what I hope art centres understand too, that there is this need to have acts and artists that really do engage with popular culture and do not just separate off into what is too often seen as elitist art.”

Pasco-Q - who is moving from Colchester to Norwich with his wife Nikk and their children Samuel, five, and Amelie, three - also wants to develop the centre’s links across the arts.

“With the Writers Centre here and Norwich’s UNESCO City of Literature status, I am very keen on supporting writers across the city, and fringe theatre is something I find extraordinary - what’s seen as fringe in 2013 is probably going to be mainstream in 2015/16. We are at the coalface here and that’s really exciting.”

He added: “It is also not just about Norwich Arts Centre, it is about Norwich Arts Centre being amongst all these other great arts centres and organisations in Norwich.

“This is a city where things are really going on, and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”

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