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Andrew Holland is the new Director of Pro Helvetia

Andrew Holland is the new Director of Pro Helvetia Yesterday evening the Board of Trustees of Pro Helvetia unanimously chose Andrew Holland as the new Director. He is currently Head of the Funding and Cultural Promotion Division and Deputy Director of Pro Helvetia. He will take up his new post on 1 November 2012.

46-year-old Andrew Holland is English by birth and grew up in Herisau in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden. He studied law at the University of St. Gallen and at the University of California in Berkeley, and did a PhD on the subject of «Government Promotion of the Arts, a Comparison between USA and Switzerland». He has worked in a wide variety of functions in culture since 1986. He was dramatic advisor to various independent dance and theatre companies, acted as Chairman of the Tanzhaus Zurich Association and was also active in the theatre/dance programme group of the Rote Fabrik. From 1996 to 2004 he worked at the Federal Office of Culture in the Culture and Society section and as Deputy Head of Strategy and Planning. He was co-initiator and co-manager of the «Projekt Tanz» (Dance Project), a joint initiative of the Confederation, cantons, cities and the dance scene to develop a comprehensive dance promotion programme in Switzerland. In 2004 Andrew Holland transferred to become Head of the Dance Department at the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, and at the beginning of 2009 took over the management of the Funding and Cultural Promotion Division and the post of Deputy Director. In addition to his principal professional activities he has taught cultural policy and conduct of negotiations in various institutions at home and abroad, and also works as an independent consultant in cultural and private business contexts.

90 applications were received for the post of Director of Pro Helvetia. After an intensive selection process the 9-strong Board of Trustees came to a unanimous decision yesterday evening. Chairman Mario Annoni made the following comment on the choice: “We have found in him an outstanding personality who has worked with exceptional commitment in the Swiss cultural scene, enjoys great respect among artists, and practises an inclusive management style”.

Andrew Holland takes up his new post as Director of the Swiss Arts Council on 1 November 2012. Like all executive positions in the Foundation, the post of Director is limited to a term of ten years. The office in Zurich employs a full-time staff of 42, and there are a further 25 abroad. The global budget for the current year amounts to 34.3 million francs.

Mandated by the Confederation, Pro Helvetia promotes artistic creation in Switzerland and the dissemination of Swiss culture at home and abroad. It operates a cultural centre in Paris, and participates financially in the Istituto Svizzero in Rome as well as the Swiss Institute in New York. The Foundation has its own liaison offices in Warsaw, Cairo, Johannesburg, New Delhi and Shanghai, which function as locally run cultural agencies. The Foundation processes annually about 3500 requests for support from Swiss artists, and provides cultural impetus with its own programmes at home and abroad. Further information under: www.prohelvetia.ch

Media information: Sabina Schwarzenbach, Head of Communications,

Tel. +41 44 267 71 39, Fax +41 44 267 71 06, sschwarzenbach@prohelvetia.ch

Press release from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, 12.10.2012