Sandeep Mahal to leave The Space

Sandeep Mahal to leave The Space

Sandeep Mahal is leaving her role as director of The Space next week.

Mahal joined The Space - a commissioning and development programme established by the BBC and Arts Council England to support greater digital access to the arts - in February 2014 after seven years as head of publisher partnerships at The Reading Agency to pursue her passion for widening audience engagement.

She will leave on 14th October to pursue "portfolio of projects with a range of partners in arts, film, and the publishing industry."

Mahal, named a Bookseller Rising Star in 2012, said she delivered two open commissioning schemes, launched major partnership initiatives with commercial and cultural organisations and developed artists from a range of backgrounds to engage with digital technology during her time at The Space.

“It has been a fantastic experience and although I am excited about my future plans and projects, I am obviously sad to be leaving The Space and all the talented people I have enjoyed working with so much," she said. "It has been an exciting 18 months and I am very proud of some amazing achievements. I would like to thank all my former colleagues and all the brilliant artists I have worked with and wish them all great success in the future. I’m now looking forward to applying the experience I've gained working with the technology and digital sectors to the world of arts, media and publishing.” 

The BBC and ACE conducted a review of The Space which found it should increase the range of work it commissions and improve its distribution. As a result, a restructure took place, "with greater emphasis on commissioning and development" which it said would "result in a reduction in the number of full-time posts" at The Space.

The team will also be moving to be fully based at the BBC’s studios at The Mailbox in Birmingham as a result of the review.

In other changes at the project, Fiona Allan, former c.e.o of Leicester’s Curve Theatre, was appointed chair of The Space, beginning last month. The organisation has also advertised for a c.e.o/creative director, with Anthony Lilley acting as the new interim c.e.o while the search for a new c.e.o is underway.