The Journal understands that Rosemary Richards, the festival director for the previous two Gravity Fields Festivals, has decided not to take up the position of festival curator for the 2016 festival.
Ms Richards has contacted Gravity Fields Festival Steering Group members to announce her decision to pull out of the appointment process, citing delays in decision making as the reason. Her bid colleague Dr Harry Cliff, science curator of the Collider exhibition at the Science Museum, has also withdrawn as a result.
Ms Richards is the managing director, consultant and producer of creative production company Rosa Productions, which has collaborated on several prominent cultural events in the area.
Last year’s festival saw 60,000 people attend the wide range of outdoor events, shows and exhibitions celebrating Grantham’s scientific heritage.
South Kesteven District Council spokesman Paul Stokes said the authority was disappointed that Rosa Productions had decided to withdraw from the process to appoint a curator for Gravity Fields 2016.
“We decided some time ago that with the experience of two very successful festivals behind us the role of festival director, responsible for many areas of the event, should be replaced by the role of festival curator, who will be responsible for content,” he said.
“We received a number of very strong applications – including the one from Rosa Productions – and we are currently evaluating them to see what fresh ideas might be brought to the event which I am confident will produce an even better Gravity Fields in 2016.”