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University Women in the Arts - International Women's Day event
Thu 2 March 2017, 15:00 – 19:00 GMT
University Women in the Arts has announced a day long International Womens’ Day event for female students wanting to work in the arts in the UK.
The free event will take place from 3 – 7pm on March 2nd, offering students a chance to benefit from the advice of some of the women leading the way in the arts in the UK.
Pinky Lilani, founder of the Women of the Future Programme the Women of the Future Awards and Asian Woman of Achievement Awards
Kate Bryan, presenter of Sky Arts' Portrait Artist of the Year and Landscape Artist of the Year, Head of Collections at Soho House and the former Director of the Fine Art Society
Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, founder of London Writers’ Week and The Student Guide to Writing series and Course Leader of Central Saint Martins' first ever creative writing degree, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, one of the UK’s leading scriptwriting courses
Rebecca Manson Jones, theatre director and GLA candidate from the Women’s Equality Party
Zoe Jackson, MBE and winner of the Women of the Future Arts and Culture Award
Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Art said: “We are delighted to be holding a day long event for International Women’s Day. We hope female students from across the UK will be able to attend the event and benefit from the advice of women who have led the way in the arts all in one day. The event is free as it is important to address why so many more women study the arts but less women work in the arts and we hope the opportunity to listen to the speakers' career paths, the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them and their advice for women wanting to work in the arts will be a start to addressing this”.
Pinkly Lilani, founder of the Women of the Future Programme, said: “On the occasion of International Women’s Day we are delighted to be partnering with University Women in the Arts, to inspire women in the arts by providing a platform for successful women. It is imperative that we help students to hear stories of success by making role models visible. We hope our collaborative engagement will influence the next generation to fly even higher.”
Kate Bryan, Head of Collections at Soho House and television presenter, said: “It is not just a pleasure to be part of this special event, but in some senses an obligation. Women must help women. Those starting out in the arts need to believe that they have a value as an individual and that their success is part of a larger framework that depends on women empowering other women to create a balanced landscape.”
University Women in the Arts is running 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, 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 over 70% 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 roles. 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.
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, 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 Amanda Foreman.
University Women is also currently running a mentoring competition for women who want to run arts businesses with lifestyle company TOAST – five students will receive six months of mentoring from the company and the competition can be applied for here: https://universitywomeninthearts.wufoo.com/forms/z5rfh0r18gfqq3/
For more information and to join the mailing list to be kept informed of future events please go to: www.universitywomeninthearts.com
University Women in the Arts' International Women's Day event is supported by Tara Arts, winner of The Stage's 2017 Sustainability Award: https://www.tara-arts.com/