Erica Love announced as new Culture Central Director

The Board of Culture Central is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director. Following a 6-month period of transitional leadership, Steve Ball is stepping down from the post of Interim Director at the end of October and handing over to Erica Love.

Erica has worked in the arts and cultural sector for over 14 years, becoming Director of Partners in Creative Learning (PiCL) in 2012. During that time she has steered the organisation through core funding cuts and developed and grown it into a respected and sustainable organisation, delivering innovative programmes that bring together partners, using arts and cultural activity as a catalyst for change. PiCL are a founding consortium member of the flagship Creative People and Places programme Appetite in Stoke on Trent, with Erica delivering the role of Project Director in 2019. During this period she secured new private and public sector investment, overseeing the delivery of what is now one of the ‘must see’ outdoor festivals in the summer calendar.

Erica takes over from Steve Ball who, over the past 6 months, has led on a wide range of arts and cultural projects, including the recent hugely successful Birmingham Weekender in Digbeth, which saw over 110 events take place across 32 venues.

Steve Ball:

“I’m delighted that Erica is joining Culture Central, and I’m sure that the cultural sector and the city will welcome her with open arms.”

Erica Love:

“I’m thrilled to be joining Culture Central at an exciting time for Birmingham. I’m looking forward to working with partners to drive forward the vision and ambition of the members and advocate for culture across the city, supporting the development and sustainability of the sector.

Roisin Caffrey, current
Chair of Culture Central:

“The board of Culture Central is very much looking forward to working with Erica in continuing to build a sustainable and resilient arts and cultural ecology to play an active role in the success of the city and beyond. We’d like to thank Steve for his great work in leading Culture Central during its transitional period and we wish him all the best for the future.”