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“The Creative Space for Diversity - a narrative for the new normal”

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“The Creative Space for Diversity - a narrative for the new normal”.

Helga Henry of Birmingham Hippodrome and cultural consultant Lara Ratnaraja would like to invite you to celebrate the end of the ASTONish programme by attending a Symposium entitled “The Creative Space for Diversity - a narrative for the new normal”.

Since it’s launch in February 2017, ASTONish has led a leadership development programme with a cohort of around 40 diverse creatives who live or work in Aston and Newtown. Participants have worked with Helga, Lara, Rebbecca Hemmings and Shekayla Maragh and heard from scores of leading industry professionals as speakers, workshop leaders and mentors such as Zoe Whitley (Tate), David A Bailey (Diaspora Pavilion), Javaad Alipoor (The Brothers are but Believers) and Althea Efunshile (Channel 4 Board).

They have shared and uncovered new areas of their work and practice, accessed new networks and commissions and also created projects developed by our Opportunities programme.

We invite you to hear from ASTONish participants, funders and our evaluation partners at BCU as we explore some of the key questions that have arisen over this programme and the previous initIative around diverse cultural leadership RE:Present:

  • How can ASTONish participants and other artists and agencies from diverse perspectives get involved and disrupt the cultural sector supply chain by winning ‘work & opportunities’ on the strength of their talent?

  • What are the opportunities to arts organisations – from major institution to the creative freelancer “organisation of one”- to work with ‘diverse’ artists, groups and suppliers? How can we facilitate this?

  • How do we present the current narrative around diversity in the arts in a new way that respects nuance, recognises intersectionality and promotes a common ground of shared humanity?

  • What IS the new normal?

This FREE full day event, taking place at Birmingham Hippodrome, will include:

Programme

09:45 - 10:00 Registration / coffee
10:00 - 10:10 Welcome from Fiona Allan - CEO and AD Birmingham Hippodrome
10:10-10:15 Three minute video soapbox- Abid Hussain, Director, Diversity. Arts Council England
10:15 - 11:30 Session 1 - Panel - A new narrative for a new audience

Chaired by Helga Henry this panel will explore how diversity can move beyond the instrumental and provide diverse audiences with new ways to experience culture and see themselves represented on stage, in galleries, in exhibitions and museums and create a new bilateral dialogue between cultural produces and audiences. Panelists will include artists and cultural venues who have created new narratives and in doing so put diverse audiences at the heart of their programming.

Invited Panel: Javaad Alipoor Northern Lines, Toby Watley Birmingham Museums Trust, Peta Murphy Arts Council, Lara Ratnaraja

11:30-11:35 Three minute soapbox -Sarah Blackstock
11:35 - 12:00 Tea and coffee BREAK
12:00-12:05 Three minute soapbox - Cordeillia Cooper
12:05-13:15 Session 2 The Creative Space for Diversity- Nathan Dennis

13:15-13:20 Three minute soapbox - Thomas Tyrrell
13:30 - 14:15 LUNCH
14:15-14:20 Three minute soapbox- Jiten Anand - Curve Cultural Leader
14:20 - 15:00 Preliminary findings from BCU evaluation plus Q and A - Dr Annette Naudin
15:00 - 15:45 Session 3 - Creative Space for Learning - Ray Cooper to discuss the move from "mural painter" to creator of learning spaces and the impact of the programme on him and his thinking.
15:45-16:10 Sesssion 4- Performance/ Consideration of presentation of diversity -Sharon Jones to create short performance piece + discussion with Helga Henry

16:10-16:15 Three minute soapbox- Silence from Break Mission
16:15 - 17:00 Plenary facilitated by Helga Henry
17:00 Event closes & Drinks

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Date: Wednesday 28th February
Time: 0945 - 1700 – with drinks and networking after
Venue: PWC Suite, Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 4TB

Lunch and refreshments provided throughout the day.

This is your opportunity to help shape what the new narrative for diversity looks like for the arts. As Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England said last week , “The sector is moving forward. Those organisations that aren’t prepared to change will be left behind.”


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