Make It York is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Higham as Creative Director for York’s new international media arts festival, the Mediale.

Tom joins York after spending 10 years in leadership positions within the world of media arts and creative technology, most recently as the Executive Director of Manchester based digital arts festival FutureEverything – a position he left in June 2016.

Tom’s role involves an initial consultation period, followed by a 2-year contract to deliver the Mediale and surrounding activity should major funding bids be successful

The search for an ambitious, confident and inspirational artistic leader to bring together and inspire collaborators locally, nationally and internationally attracted a high number of quality candidates. A rigorous interview process with a panel of some of York’s cultural/creative leaders decided that Tom was the best person for the job.

Reflecting a step-change moment in York’s media arts programming, the brief is to build and engage audiences with exciting, innovative and high quality programming, whilst maintaining a commitment to education and talent development. It follows York’s designation as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Media Arts and extensive early consultation with over 300 potential partners and artists, including the new Guild of Media Arts.

Steve Brown, Managing Director at Make It York, said:

"Appointing Tom as Creative Director to help with the funding bids for the Mediale is an important step in pulling off our ambition for a large, international Media Arts festival in York. Tom has just the right experience for this role and his collaborative style is perfect for ensuring that we engage as many people as possible in our planning."

Tom Higham said:

"I'd been following the developments and conversations in York for a year or so, and have been completely blown away by the energy, positivity and ambition on show. I'm delighted to take on the role of Creative Director at this (still) early and crucial stage, and can't wait to get stuck into developing a high quality programme with, for and of the city."

For more information about the 2018 Mediale: cityofmediaarts.com/mediale