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New chief executive at MAC Birmingham

Deborah Kermode from the Ikon Gallery will succeed Dorothy Wilson later this year

Deborah Kermode will take over as chief executive of MAC Birmingham later this year

Arts and cultural centre MAC Birmingham has appointed a new chief executive and artistic director.

Deborah Kermode is currently deputy director of Ikon Gallery, in Brindleyplace, and will become only the seventh person in MAC's 54-year history to lead the venue in Cannon Hill Park when Dorothy Wilson steps down after 26 years.

Chairman Jonnie Turpie said: "The search to succeed Dorothy, who is such a significant leader in the cultural and arts industry, was always going to be a challenge.

"But after an international search, we are thrilled to appoint a leader with an outstanding knowledge and experience of this wonderful diverse and youthful city and with an ambitious vision for MAC's future."

Ms Kermode added: "As a long standing resident of Birmingham, I am passionate about the city's rich cultural and creative offer - qualities that MAC Birmingham proudly celebrates.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to join the talented team at one of Britain's most significant art centres and I look forward to playing a pivotal role in driving forward this ambitious organisation."

Ms Kermode will take up the role later this year.

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