Jon Davis named Director of Cement Fields

Photo: Ahsen Sayeed

Jon Davis named Director of Cement Fields

Cement Fields is delighted to announce the appointment of Jon Davis as its new Director.

Jon brings extensive experience to Cement Fields as a creative commissioner, programmer and executive producer creating large-scale projects and place-based programmes, and will be responsible for the artistic and strategic leadership of the organisation as it heads into an exciting new phase.

Jon recently led the Dynamic City team at Coventry City of Culture 21/22, where he delivered the year’s Major Events and oversaw the Digital, Visual Arts, Environment, and Young People and Schools programmes. He has previously delivered large-scale projects for the London 2012 Festival and 14-18 NOW on behalf of LIFT, and most recently Executive Produced ‘Galwad’, an UNBOXED commission. His work is driven by a commitment to genuine co-creation, collaboration, and a curiosity to understand place and community, responding to important social issues to create real civic change through art and culture.

Jon Davis said, “I’m delighted to be joining Cement Fields at this significant moment in the organisation’s development, and thrilled to continue delivering on its commitment to create ambitious new art along the Thames Estuary. As we face uncertain times, creating impactful, experimental and accessible artworks which bring together North Kent’s diverse communities and its young people, is more important than ever. I look forward to working with the brilliant team, artists, audiences and partners to build on the organisation’s significant reputation and to forge new relationships and approaches which create lasting impact in the region and beyond.”     

Cement Fields’ Chair, Andrew Malone, said, “We are thrilled that Jon is joining Cement Fields at this time, as the organisation begins a new chapter. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team, as well as a genuine commitment to working collaboratively with artists, young people, and local communities. Under Jon’s leadership, we’re excited to continue building on the successful legacy developed by Sue Jones, creating ambitious new art across North Kent.”

Taking up the post at the start of April 2023, Jon takes over from Sue Jones, who is stepping down after 17 years as Director. Under her leadership the organisation delivered 10 editions of Whitstable Biennale, a visual art festival with an international reputation for producing experimental new work with early-career artists, and grew into Cement Fields, an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, extending its programme across North Kent from Dartford to Whitstable.