Magdalena Schamberger to step down as Artistic Director of Hearts & Minds

Hearts & Minds Artistic Director and CEO, Magdalena Schamberger announced to the Company last week that she is to step down from her role with Hearts & Minds in December 2017.

After 20 years of leading the organisation and developing the Clowndoctor and Elderflower Programmes and related projects, she is leaving to pursue her own projects following on from her Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Funding.

Magdalena will be staying on as Artistic Director until Christmas and will actively support the recruitment for her artistic successor. We will be looking for an individual who has the obvious artistic and organisational skills, and the passion and commitment to take on this pivotal role within Hearts & Minds.

The formal process to appoint a new Artistic Director will begin immediately with the Board expected to announce a successor in December.

Magdalena Schamberger said:

“Thanks to my Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Fund grant, I have been able to develop my own artistic practice over the past three years, and this has given me the time to foster my passion to use the performing arts to enhance the lives of people living with dementia and their loved ones. As a result, I have developed Curious Shoes, performance approach for people living with dementia, their families and professional carers, and the Artful Minds training initiative for artists of all art forms to engage with this audience. My Breakthrough Fund journey has opened up many doors and I have chosen to move forward and firmly step through them to continue following my curiosity, passion and path. I will therefore be leaving Hearts & Minds by Christmas, after almost twenty years at the helm of the organisation and am planning on working as independent creative collaborator, creating performances, and continuing my workshop and training programmes for professional artists from January 2018 onwards. 

 I will always stay connected as a firm resource, supporter and official ambassador for Hearts & Minds and the Clowndoctors and Elderflowers programmes.”

Zoe van Zwanenberg, Chair of the Board of Trustees said:

“The Board was really sad to hear of Magdalena’s decision to leave Hearts & Minds. Magdalena has been the energy and the vision that has created this wonderful organisation, inspiring so many talented practitioners and staff to give their skills and talents to building the well being of children and adults facing complex and frightening health and life issues one smile at a time. The great gifts Magdalena has given the organisation will be sustained and Magdalena is leaving an organisation that will continue to build and grow, all founded in the clear vision and values which she created. We have watched Magdalena herself grow, through the support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, to develop new ways of working and new creative programmes that we are delighted she is going to take further. We will not be losing touch, but will continue to benefit from Magdalena’s artistic inputs to our continuing work. The Board is really confident that under Michelle Armstrong’s skilled and committed leadership and with the support of a new artistic director Hearts & Minds will flourish and grow to fulfill the vision of its original creation. ” 

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