The third University Women in the Arts public event has been announced.
Taking place on November 9th at 6pm, this will be an In Conversation event with Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom, the BBC’s new writing department.
Anne is one of 15 women leading the way in the arts in the UK taking part in the one off scheme University Women in the Arts in order to provide access to their advice for women wanting to work in the arts across the UK.
The event is particularly targeted at female students studying arts subjects at Universities across the UK but is open to anyone who would like access to these women’s advice.
Other University Women in the Arts mentors include Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet, Jude Kelly, founder of the WOW Festivals and Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin Books, Charlotte Higgins, Chief Culture Writer at The Guardian, Suzie de Rohan Willner, CEO of TOAST, Kate Bryan, art historian, presenter and former Director of The Fine Art Society, Elizabeth Freestone, Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre Company, Tanya Seghatchian, film producer, Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre and historian, columnist and presenter Dr Amanda Foreman.
Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, said: “We are looking forward to our University Women in the Arts event with Anne Edyvean. The first two University Women in the Arts events with the mentors have both sold out in less than a week and we hope Anne’s session will similarly provide a useful and free opportunity for women to learn about Anne’s career, the challenges and blessings she has faced and how she has overcome and embraced them, and receive advice on working in the arts. I think one of the problems for women in the arts has been a lack of access to advice and roles models for how to manage their careers – we hope this year long scheme will provide the opportunity to get advice from 15 women leading the way in the arts in the UK and discover what they have learnt over the course of their careers.”
University Women in the Arts is a one off scheme, being run in partnership with the Women of the Future Programme, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, Writers at Work Productions, Oberon Books and in association with Tonic Theatre.
The scheme is inspired by the fact that many more women study the arts in the UK (for example 74% of students at the University of the Arts London, Europe’s largest arts University, are female) but less women work in the arts, particularly in artistic and leadership role (for example according to recent British Theatre Consortium figures only 30% of professional playwrights are women and according to recent UAL figures only 30% of professional artists in galleries in London are female).
A companion publication to collect and expand on the events will be published by Oberon Books at the end of the year
For more information and to join the mailing list to be kept informed of future events please go to: www.universitywomeninthearts.com