Tuesday, April 2, 2024

New Art Metropole Director

Toronto has a bad reputation for failing to elevate dedicated staff members when a new position becomes available, often preferring an international candidate whose name will impress on a press release. I’m very pleased that - after Jonathan Middleton sadly announced earlier in the year that he was leaving to pursue independent projects - the AM board wisely chose to promote Blair Swann to the role of Executive Director. 

"Art Metropole is thrilled to announce the appointment of Blair Swann to the position of Executive Director. The Board of Directors was impressed by his holistic vision for the future of Art Metropole through the competitive hiring process and his demonstrated commitment to the organization in the last three and a half years. Swann, currently Associate Director, started at Art Metropole in November 2020, as the Assistant Director & Inventory Manager. ⁠
Swann has years of experience working with artists at various career levels to realize exhibitions, publications, and editions; and has organized numerous book launches, talks, and readings. He is an artist and curator; and a co-founder of the plumb, a collectively-run arts space in Toronto. Swann brings a strong desire for collaboration and community-oriented programming to the role, with a deep understanding of the administrative needs of the organization.⁠
“I’m very excited to take on the position of Executive Director of Art Metropole,” says Swann. “Art Metropole is such an essential hub for artists in Toronto – with a unique legacy of bridging the local and global, emerging and established, historic and contemporary. I’m looking forward to continuing my work with Art Metropole’s staff and board to support the development of artists’ books and multiples, and champion publication and distribution as artistic practices.”⁠
Please join us in welcoming Blair Swann to his new role!”
- Art Metropole Press Release

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