Arts Council head is to go freelance after two decades

Arts Council press and public affairs head Sue Rose is to quit the organisation next month after 21 years to become a freelance arts PR consultant.

Arts Council press and public affairs head Sue Rose is to quit the

organisation next month after 21 years to become a freelance arts PR

consultant.



Rose joined the Council as its only press officer in 1978. Until last

August she headed the department, reporting to then acting Arts Council

chief executive Graham Devlin.



She now reports to Phil Murphy, who became the Council’s first

communications director last summer, and is to leave to take a post with

the Labour Party in a few weeks’ time.



Her departure comes in the run-up to a sweeping restructure of the Arts

Council - including its communication function - which is expected to

involve redundancies.



Ideas for the eventual shape of the Arts Council’s press and public

affairs function are currently open to consultation with staff. An

announcement is due in April and the restructured department is expected

to place greater emphasis on government relations alongside traditional

PR.



Rose previously worked as a press officer at auction house Christie’s

for seven years. She has already secured freelance work for London-based

contemporary dance centre, The Place and the National Campaign for the

Arts.



Rose said: ’I want to use the opportunity presented by the restructuring

to become more closely involved in the arts.’



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