Keith Khan

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Keith Khan (born in Wimbledon, 1963), studied Fine Art/ Sculpture at Middlesex University[1] and is an Arts Industry Bureaucrat (see discussion). who has had an eclectic career in the Arts Scene and co-founded the arts organisation Motiroti[2][3] in 1996 with Ali Zaidi. Until 2004, the majority of the artistic events Khan was directly involved with were under Motiroti which produced notable projects such as Flying costumes, Floating Tombs[3] (1991) which won the Time Out Dance and Performance Award; Queen's Golden Jubilee Commonwealth Celebrations[4] (2002) and Alladeen[5] (2004) which won the Village Voice OBIE Award Special Citation, co-produced by The Builders Association. Khan departed from Moti Roti in 2004 and has filled a number of senior executive positions since then, most notably, Head of Culture[6][7] and then Artistic Executive to the[8] 2012 Summer Olympics (2007 to 2009) and sitting on the panels of high-profile funding bodies, including the Wellcome Trust[9] and as a Council Member of the Arts Council of England.[10] Keith Khan is also a Member of the Advisory Panel of Art on the Underground[11] and was the Costume and 3D Designer for the Opening Ceremony for the Central and Opening Show at the Millennium Dome[12] (2000); Director of Design for the 2002 Commonwealth Games ceremonies under the direction of David Zolkwer.[verification needed]; Chief Executive of Rich Mix[13] (2004 to 2007); Chair of Diversity Group for Creative Economy Programme Working Group[14] (2006) and has been a Member of the Commonwealth Group on Culture and Development since 2009.[15]


Rich Mix – Khan resigned amid questions of leadership and cost controlling. Karen Bartlett wrote in The Times "“Keith was not a natural cost controller, but the board was also weak.” Overstaffing, disputes between builders and architects with some funders temporarily withholding revenue in 2007 until a new business plan could be agreed. Khan did not want to comment on Rich Mix for this article."[13][16][17]

London 2012 – While in his role as Head of Culture, Khan was criticised by some[who?] commentators for being excessively "anti-elitist".[18] He was commended by others for trying to make the Arts more relevant to young people across the UK.[19] His departure in 2008 was greeted with relief by some[who?] in the press and concern by others. The response of Richard Brooks in The Times was "Thank goodness... Keith Khan, its artistic executive, is leaving.".[20]




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  12. ^ 1 Apr 2000 12:00 pm, Ellen Lampert-Greaux (1 April 2000). "Under the big top". Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "The Times | UK News, World News and Opinion". 10 September 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "[ARCHIVED CONTENT] New Experts To Drive Creative Business". Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  15. ^ [1] Archived 12 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
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  20. ^ "The Times | UK News, World News and Opinion". The Times. UK. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  21. ^ "Akademi's Frame By Frame Bollywood Symposium". YouTube. 23 September 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  22. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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