Festival chief for arts trust
Hamilton woman Sarah Nathan has been picked to lead the region's newly formed arts trust after a four-year stint at the helm of the Waikato Times Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.
Ms Nathan, who is also director of the popular Fuel Festival, was yesterday announced as the chief executive of Creative Waikato.
The arts trust replaces Arts Waikato, which closed its doors in May.
Ms Nathan said the new role represented a "once in a lifetime opportunity".
"I have loved running the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival and Fuel – it's been a privilege," she said.
"But this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build an arts organisation from scratch and make a real difference in the field that I am passionate about."
Ms Nathan will finish Fuel Festival before taking up the trust position next month.
The new trust will be focused on developing sustainable funding for the arts as well as lifting the profile of the region's arts.
Creative Waikato chairman Chris Williams said Ms Nathan was vastly experienced and "has great networks and a fantastic vision for the future of arts in the region".
Mr Williams said the trust would focus on improving the arts sector and gaining more recognition nationally.
"We are ambitious for the arts sector in the region. There's so much talent here. Along with this there are many Waikato people who have made it on the world stage. There's a good number of supporters and a solid audience. But there is room for improvement and growth so if we can pull all the threads together we will be able to gain more recognition nationally and improve the sector all round."