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Calling all Artists, Creative Practitioners, Cultural Organisations and Creative Training Providers!

We’ve got three workshops on the way where we need you to pose the big questions, make your voice heard and help us change the creative and cultural sector in this region.

Where are the training gaps in the city and region? How can we truly become a more diverse and inclusive creative and cultural sector? What can we do together to become a fairer and more equitable industry?

If you’re an independent artistgrass-roots cultural organisation, major institutions or creative training provider join us on a journey of change by participating in one of three workshops hosted by people make it work and Caroline Murphy.

We have a vision for a strong, interconnected, collaborative and equitable creative and cultural sector. Join us in radically re-imagining and building a thriving Leeds powered by world class culture.

We have three sessions each aimed at a different group.

Session 1: Creative training providers
Wednesday 28 July: 3.00 – 5.30pm
Guest Speakers: Claire Malcolm and Ingrid Banerjee Marvin

Session 2: Arts and Cultural Organisations 
Thursday 29 July: 10.30am – 1.00pm
Guest Speakers: Alan Lane and Michèle Taylor

Session 3: Independent artists and practitioners
Thursday 29 July: 3.00 – 5.30pm
Guest Speakers: Dave Lynch and Rheima Robinson

More about our brilliant speakers…

Ingrid Banerjee Marvin has worked across venues including the National Theatre, Bush Theatre and Tamasha Theatre as a producer with a focus on participation, engagement and new writing! More recently, she has been working with East Street Arts and Babeworld.

Claire Malcolm is the Chief Executive of New Writing North and looks after a highly-skilled team that delivers a wide-ranging programme of talent development, reading and engagement projects including the Gordon Burn Prize, the Northern Writers’ Awards and Durham Book Festival.

Alan Lane is Artistic Director of Slung Low who manage They Holbeck, the oldest working men’s club in Britain, as a pay what you decide arts and community space. Slung Low make large scale people’s theatre and ran a non-means tested self referral foodbank over the last year.

Michèle Taylor is Director for Change for Ramps on the Moon, the Arts Council England funded consortium working to enrich the stories we tell and how we tell them by normalising and elevating the visibility of disabled and deaf people across the theatre industry.

Dave Lynch is a pioneering artist, director, researcher and all round innovator! Dave creates large-scale artworks, cultural strategies, multi-reality experiences and performances using cutting edge technologies developed through diverse collaboration.

Rheima Robinson is a poet, writer and educator who facilitates creative criting workshops throughout Yorkshire and worldwide. She is also the Founding Director of The Sunday Practise, a creative hub and open mic event based in Leeds!

Mohammed Ali is an award-winning artist, curator and producer, and a trustee of Birmingham Museums. He has been commissioned to work internationally with leading galleries, festivals, arts centres and theatres to produce large scale murals in open spaces in the communities where people work, live and play. 

About people make it work
people make it work was established by Richard Watts and has been working since 2000 to create and embed transformational change in the cultural sector. Coaches, consultants and experts work with a range of organisations, helping their leadership and teams to evolve and develop, to build strength, resilience and relevance in today’s challenging contexts. They are passionate about helping organisations and their leaders to define their ideas and needs, to expand their sense of what is possible, to create the conditions and culture to support transformation and to embark on that development journey together.

About Caroline Murphy
Born and raised in Harehills, Leeds, Caroline is passionate about creating change that improves the cultural sector’s response to inequality and division in society. Caroline is an independent cultural consultant with over 25 years’ experience of leadership roles in the cultural sector, most recently as Associate Director at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.