Pontio, Bangor University’s new, £40 Million Arts and Innovation Centre has appointed its first Artistic Director. Elen Ap Robert graduated in Music from the University of Sheffield, before spending six years working as a professional opera singer. She has also worked as a music therapist, specialising in supporting children with learning and communication difficulties in Gwynedd, Ynys Mon, and Conwy.
Robert’s responsibilities as Artistic Director will include developing a range of arts based activities for a variety of audiences, as well as using the arts to develop links between the university and the community. Speaking of her new position, Robert’s said “I’m delighted to be appointed as the first Artistic Director of Pontio. It has a great deal to offer the region, and there’s a fantastic opportunity for us to develop a new and innovative creative programmes that will have something to interest everyone of all ages.”
Roberts will take up her post in April, with Pontio due to open officially in two years time.