SHELLEY WARREN, CEO of the Arts Foundation, is leaving her role at the charity after 22 years.
She departs at the end of the October to start an MA in Brighton, whilst working with a new team on a digital project involving music related archives and collections.
"Deciding to leave my post as director after all these years has been a tough decision," Warren said.
"I've loved every minute of being in a role which involves exploring and observing incredible creativity from some of the finest artists in the UK."
The foundation will appoint an interim director for six months to manage its 2022 awards before advertising a permanent position.