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Adam Brown

Substance

Adam Brown

Substance

 

Adam is a co-founder of Substance a leading research company based in Manchester specialising in sport, community and social impact. Substance helps organisations that do good think smarter using research and technology to produce insight to help them do what they do better.

 

Adam is a leading figure in the sport and community ownership field and sports governance. He has contributed widely to the development of policy and practice in this area, working regularly with Sport England and Supporters Direct among others.

Outside of Substance Adam was a founding Board Member of FC United of Manchester, an award-winning supporter owned football club, for 11 years. On the board he led the development of the club’s Broadhurst Park stadium and community facility in Moston, North Manchester that opened in 2015.

Adam also leads Substance’s research on outdoor recreation and volunteering, undertaking projects for the RNLI over a number of years. He has extensive research and policy experience in sport and popular culture – formerly as Senior Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute for Popular Culture, MMU; and as a member of the Government Football Task Force. He was a trustee of Cornerhouse, Manchester for over a decade.

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Áine O’Brien

Counterpoints Arts

Áine O’Brien

Counterpoints Arts

Áine O’Brien is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts, London.

Áine has worked across the arts, education and activism for over 25 years in the US, Ireland and the UK.

Áine set up CTMP (Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice) in 2005, housing one of the first doctoral programmes aligning migration research with the creative arts. She created FOMACS (Forum on Migration and Communications) in 2007, developing creative arts and cross-sector public projects focusing on migration.

Her productions to date within the University sector, FOMACS and Counterpoints Arts (spanning across documentary film, print, exhibition and curation) explore global storylines linking migration with social justice and change.

Áine leads on Counterpoints Arts’ Learning Lab programme, developing national and international learning/creative production partnerships (with artists, cultural and community organisations, policymakers and academic institutions). She currently works on the collective, multi-platform arts programme ‘Who are We’ at the Tate Exchange (with Counterpoints Arts, Open University, Warwick University, Lougborough and Goldsmiths College).

Áine serves on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Cultural Studies Research, UEL; is a Trustee of Highlight Arts and an Impact Research Fellow at the University of York.

 

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Almir Koldzic

Counterpoints Arts

Almir Koldzic

Counterpoints Arts

Almir Koldzic is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts. He has worked for over 12 years on developing creative strategies for engaging with refugee and migrant experiences, including leading on the development of a national strategy and identity for Refugee Week UK; developing the Platforma – networking project; and curating and producing a big range of events, exhibitions and commissions relating to displacement.

He has studied English literature (BA), Anthropology (MA) and Creative Writing. Almir is currently a Clore 2017 Programme Fellow and ESRC Impact Acceleration Research Fellow at York University.

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Amanda Huxtable

Hull Truck Theatre

Amanda Huxtable

Hull Truck Theatre

Amanda Huxtable is a Theatre Director based in the North of England and has created acclaimed work within the cultural industries for over 20 years. Together with Marcia Layne she is the Co-Artistic Director of Hidden Gems Productions, a theatre company committed to telling rarely told black british stories.

Amanda is the Artistic Associate at Hull Truck Theatre as part of Arts Council England’s National Change Makers programme. Amanda will be embedded in the Senior Management of the theatre for two years, and is contributing to programming across the venue culminating in her work being produced in 2018.

Amanda joins No Boundaries as MC in Hull.

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Anthony Missen

Company Chameleon

Anthony Missen

Company Chameleon

Anthony Missen co-founded Company Chameleon in 2007, producing and choreographing critically acclaimed performance works both for the stage and outdoor contexts. He has developed many successful educational programmes in different countries, with a particular focus on young men, disadvantaged children, and children at risk. He has taught in most major British contemporary dance institutions, many professional dance companies and in countries including South Africa, Trinidad, Morocco, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany and Austria.

Anthony is an RSA Fellow, and is currently undertaking the Clore Fellowship.

Anthony joins No Boundaries as MC in Manchester

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Catharine Braithwaite

Catharine Braithwaite

Catharine Braithwaite is a cultural communicator, working across the UK, mainly in the visual arts and museums sector. She has worked with institutions such as Tate, The Southbank Centre, Arts Council Collection, The Whitworth Gallery and The Hepworth Wakefield as well as major events such as Liverpool Biennial, Manchester International Festival and Liverpoolʼs year as European Capital of Culture. She has been Associate Lecturer in marketing at The School of Museums Studies, University of Leicester since 2002 where she teaches on the MA. She is on the committee for the national Cultural Comms conference which takes place annually in London. She is a Trustee of HOME Manchester.

Catharine joins the conference as MC in Manchester.

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Claire Doherty

Situations

Claire Doherty

Situations

Claire Doherty is the founder Director of Situations, one of the UK’s foremost producers of arts projects which grow out of place. Situations invites artists and performers to respond to specific places or situations to produce temporary or long-term projects, with the audience at the centre of how the idea unfolds.

In 2009, Claire was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Award and in 2012, she led Situations to become an independent charity in 2012 after ten years as part of the University of the West of England. Situations has since sparked transformative art experiences in unconventional spaces, from Theaster Gates’ Sanctum, a 552-hour long non-stop programme of performance by 700 performers in the ruin of English Heritage’s Temple Church, Bristol to Future Library, a 100-year long commissioning programme of writers such as Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell contributing secret texts to a future library for Oslo in Norway.

A vital part of Situations’ work is to improve the conditions for public art commissioning. Claire has authored public art strategies for the city of Oslo, Plymouth and the University of Bristol, led the national Public Art Now programme and her publications such as Out of Time, Out of Place: Public Art Now have become set texts for curators, artists, and cities across the world.

In 2016, Claire was appointed MBE for her Services to the Arts in the South West.

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Claire Hodgson

Diverse City / Extraordinary Bodies

Claire Hodgson

Diverse City / Extraordinary Bodies

Claire is a director of theatre, dance and circus shows and committed to achieving social justice. Claire founded Diverse City in 2005.  In 2012 Diverse City created ‘Breathe’ an international project between Brazil and Dorset that brought together 64 young disabled people to perform at the opening celebrations of the Olympic sailing events to an audience of 10,000.

After the Olympics Claire co created Extraordinary Bodies with Billy Alwen, the UK’s integrated circus company of disabled and non disabled performers. Claire was a Clore Fellow in 2012 and writes for The Guardian online. She is the former head of Performing Arts at London Metropolitan University and was awarded an MBE in 2016 for services to inclusion in the Performing arts. Together with Jamie Beddard, Claire won the Clore Duffield 50th Anniversary prize which they used to tour Extraordinary Bodies across the UK and support 10 ‘unexpected ‘ leaders who have faced barriers to entering the industry.

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Club BIG

Club BIG

Manchester delegates will be able to enjoy a unique evening of music, magic and more as Club BIG takes place. This unique pop-up music club, debating chamber and live art space will be situated in HOME’s gallery space.

Club BIG forms part of Rock Art, a major solo exhibition at HOME by the artist, musician and author John Hyatt, one third of the infamous art rock band, The Three Johns, peeling back the layers of his identity through a set of unique collaborations involving his own personal objects, narratives and live performance.

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Evie Manning

Common Wealth

Evie Manning

Common Wealth

Evie is co-Artistic Director of Common Wealth, an award winning theatre company making site-specific theatre events that encompass electronic sound, new writing, visual design and verbatim. Common Wealth are based in Bradford and Cardiff and tour productions across the UK and internationally.

For Common Wealth director credits include, The Deal Versus The People (West Yorkshire Playhouse), No Guts, No Heart, No Glory, (Scotsman Fringe First Award / Live From TVC with BBC4), Our Glass House (Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award). As a freelancer, Evie has collaborated and made work with The Royal Exchange, Battersea Arts Centre, Freedom Studios, Tamasha, Chris Goode and Company, Transform Festival and Southbank Centre. Evie was the recipient of the BBC Performing Arts Fellowship in 2015.

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Farida Mohamed

Creative Barking and Dagenham

Farida Mohamed

Creative Barking and Dagenham

Farida Mohamed was born in India and grew up in Preston.   She has lived in Preston, Africa, Canada, Leicester and more recently Barking.  She has 4 children and 7 grandchildren.   She has worked in the finance industry and more recently as a community librarian.  She is a Cultural Connector with the Creative Barking and Dagenham project.

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Frances Morris

Tate Modern

Frances Morris

Tate Modern

Frances Morris has played a key role in the development of Tate, joining as a curator in 1987, becoming Head of Displays at Tate Modern (2000–2006) and then Director of Collection, International Art until April 2016 when she was appointed as Director, Tate Modern.

She has continually worked to re-imagine Tate’s collection and has been instrumental in developing its international reach and its representation of women artists. Frances was jointly responsible for the initial presentation of the opening collection displays at Tate Modern in 2000, which radically transformed the way museums present the story of modern art.

Frances is a Board member at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, a Board member of CIMAM and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto.

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Gabriella Gomez-Mont

Laboratorio para la Ciudad

Gabriella Gomez-Mont

Laboratorio para la Ciudad

Gabriella Gómez-Mont is the founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the experimental arm / creative think tank of the Mexico City government, reporting to the Mayor. The Lab works across diverse areas, ranging from urban creativity, mobility, governance, civic tech, etc.  In addition, the Lab searches to create links between civil society and government, constantly shifting shape to accommodate multidisciplinary collaborations.  Besides her fascination with all things city, Gabriella is also a journalist, visual artist, a director of documentary films, as well as a creative advisor to several cities, universities and companies. She has been awarded several international recognitions for her work in different fields, such as the first prize in both the Audi Urban Future Award and the Best Art Practice Award given by the Italian government, as well as the TED City 2.0 Prize, among others.   She is also a TED speaker, TED Senior Fellow, an MIT Director´s Fellow, a Yale World Fellow, an Institute for the Future Fellow and a World Cities Summit Young Leader and part of the international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul on Social Innovation. She was recently named one of the 100 most creative people in business 2016 by Fast Company magazine.

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Gerry Cadogan

Public Health Torbay

Gerry Cadogan

Public Health Torbay

With a varied background as a research scientist, teacher, and drug and alcohol worker, Gerry Cadogan has worked in the NHS for twenty-five years, starting in public health, then leading and working on various NHS Boards before joining Public Health Torbay in 2009.  Leading on mental health and suicide prevention, in 2016 Gerry was awarded the Faculty of Public Health’s Mental Health Award for her work in developing suicide prevention initiatives in Torbay.

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Hammad Nasar

Curator, Writer & Researcher

Hammad Nasar

Curator, Writer & Researcher

Hammad Nasar is a London-based curator, writer, and researcher. He served as Head of Research and Programmes at Asia Art Archive (AAA), Hong Kong from 2012-16, and will be curating the UAE’s national pavilion at the 57th Venice Art Biennale (2017).

Earlier, Nasar co-founded the non-profit arts organisation Green Cardamom, and curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions, including: Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space at Johnson Museum, Cornell University & Nasher Museum, Duke University (2012-13); Beyond the Page: The Miniature as Attitude in Contemporary Art from Pakistan at Manchester Art Gallery & Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena (2006-10); Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010); and Safavids Revisited at British Museum, London (2009);

At AAA he has developed a number of research initiatives with institutional collaborators including the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Sydney, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (London), the Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA), and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies.

He serves on the Editorial Board of Tate’s magazine, Tate etc; is a jury member for the V&A Museum’s Jameel Prize, and Art Basel’s crowdfunding partnership with Kickstarter to support non-profits.

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Helen Ball

Creative Barking and Dagenham

Helen Ball

Creative Barking and Dagenham

Helen Ball is the Engagement Director for Creative Barking and Dagenham (CBD); one of 21 projects nationally funded through Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places fund.  

CBD includes a network of more than 150 local resident Cultural Connectors who commission all the artists we work with through participatory decision making panels, as well as devising and steering events and festivals.

Helen is interested in increasing collaborative decision making and ways of working between artists, organisations and the public.  Previously she has worked as Head of Engagement for the Audience Agency, as a Participation Officer for The Children’s Fund and an Arts Development Officer for Salford City Council.  She is currently also training in the Alexander Technique. 

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Honor Rhodes, OBE

Tavistock Relationships

Honor Rhodes, OBE

Tavistock Relationships

Honor studied ancient and medieval history before training and practising as a social worker, she now works at Tavistock Relationships exploring her fascination about human relationships, troubled and healthy.

Honor’s particular interest is in effective interventions and how trusting relationships can be made. She writes for practitioners, including ‘Knowing what you do works: measuring your own effectiveness with families, parents and children’ (FPI 2009) and ‘A short guide to working with co-parents: why we don’t, why we should and how we could’ (TR 2012)

Honor is a NHS CCG Board Member in City & Hackney, a Founding Trustee of the Early Intervention Foundation and is a Special Adviser to the School and Family Trust.

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Iman Amrani

Iman Amrani

Iman is a video journalist at the Guardian. As well as producing and presenting award-winning short documentaries, she also writes for various sections of the paper and has worked for a number of other publications including The Independent, Huffington Post, Media Diversified and Copa90.

She has previously lived in the Dominican Republic and Colombia and has a special interest in minority issues, culture and immigration.

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Inua Ellams

Poet, Playwright & Performer

Inua Ellams

Poet, Playwright & Performer

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer. He is a Complete Works poet alumni and a graphic designer at White Space Creative Agency. He facilitates workshops in creative writing where he explores reoccurring themes in his work – Identity, Displacement and Destiny – in accessible, enjoyable ways for participants of all ages and backgrounds.

His creative work has been recognised with a number of awards, most recently, The Live Canon International Poetry Prize, an Arts Council of England Award, a Wellcome Trust Award, twice shortlisted for the Brunel Prize for African Poetry, longlisted for the Alfred Fagan Award, and a 2009 Edinburgh Fringe First Award.

He has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Tate Modern, Louis Vuitton, Chris Ofili, BBC Radio & Television. His first three pamphlets of poetry ‘Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ and ‘Candy Coated Unicorn and Converse’ were published Flipped Eye and ‘The Wire-Headed Heathen’ by Akashic Books. Several plays including the critically acclaimed Black T-shirt Collection and award-winning The 14th Tale are published by Oberon. In 2005, he founded the Midnight Run— an arts-filled, night-time, playful, walking, urban movement that attempts to reconnect inner city lives with inner city spaces.

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Jamie Beddard

Diverse City / Extraordinary Bodies

Jamie Beddard

Diverse City / Extraordinary Bodies

Jamie Beddard is part of the creative team behind Extraordinary Bodies and joint artistic director (with Claire Hodgson) of Diverse City. Jamie has Cerebral Palsy and having grown up in a time when opportunities for disabled people in the arts were limited, Jamie was lucky to be offered an acting role by the BBC that kicked off his professional career. Since then Jamie has taken the arts world by storm.

In 2011 he left his role as Diversity Officer for the Arts Council to concentrate on developing his freelance portfolio. In 2012 he directed ‘Breathe/Battle for the Winds’ for the opening ceremony celebrating the Olympic Sailing, and in 2013 he became a Clore Fellow. Jamie has just completed a six month run at The National Theatre in Threepenny Opera.

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Jess Thom

Touretteshero

Jess Thom

Touretteshero

Writer, artist and part time superhero, Jess Thom is a visual, performing, and participatory artist based in London. In 2010 Jess co-founded Touretteshero in 2010 as a creative response to her experience of living with Tourettes Syndrome.

Touretteshero is about reclaiming the most frequently misunderstood condition on the planet, challenging people to think differently, and building a more inclusive society. Jess has written in the mainstream and disability press including The Guardian, The Observer and Disability Now. In 2012 she published Welcome to Biscuit Land – A Year In the Life of Touretteshero, with a foreword by Stephen Fry.

In 2014 she performed at Glastonbury, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, DaDaFest in Liverpool and the Unlimited Festival at London’s Southbank Centre. She also co-organised and hosted a one-day event for children with Tourettes at Tate Britain. In the same year, Jess co-devised the award winning stage show Backstage in Biscuit Land.

In 2015 Jess performed her Broadcast from Biscuit Land as part of the On Stage: Live from Television Centre evening on BBC4 and in 2016 Jess took Backstage in Biscuit Land on an extensive UK tour before taking it to New York, Toronto, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Jess is committed to increasing opportunities that allow the experiences of people living with Tourettes Syndrome to be heard, and to ‘changing the world one tic at a time.’

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Jessica Turtle

Museum of Homelessness

Jessica Turtle

Museum of Homelessness

Jess is the co-founder of the UK’s first Museum of Homelessness, which is being developed by people from all walks of life, including – and in particular – those who have been homeless.

As well as developing the Museum of Homelessness, she works on the Policy and Programmes team at the Museums Association, running Transformers: Radical Change in Museums a mid-career professional development programme. Jess has worked in the cultural sector for 15 years, across a broad range of disciplines; theatre, craft, heritage and festivals.

Jess is Chair of Trustees for the Simon Community, a very special community of street homeless people and full time volunteers who live and work together in central London. Jess also sits on Battersea Arts Centre’s heritage committee. Jess holds an MA distinction in Psychosocial Studies from Birkbeck and is a visiting tutor at King’s College London, on the Education in Cultural Settings MA.

 

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Jo Verrent

Unlimited

Jo Verrent

Unlimited

Jo believes that ‘different’ is delicious not divergent. She works in arts & culture at strategic levels embedding the belief that diversity adds texture, turning policy into real action.

Jo is the senior producer for Unlimited, the world’s largest commissions programme for disabled artists, supporting artists to create and tour extraordinary art. Unlimited is a programme delivered by Shape and Artsadmin, working with partners ACE, Arts Council Wales, Southbank Centre, Tramway, Spirit of 2012 and British Council.

Previously, Jo created SHORT CIRCUIT – fusing disabled artistry and digital acumen, PUSH ME – shorts for The Space focusing on Unlimited artists and SYNC examining the interplay between disability and leadership, all working in partnership with Sarah Pickthall. She is a practicing artist, most recently creating Take Me to Bed with Luke Pell, which won Best Work in Festival in Limerick Light Moves 2014, and now touring internationally.

Jo has won both Cosmopolitan’s woman of achievement award and her village’s cup for making jam. She is on the Northern Advisory Panel for ACE.

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John McGrath

Manchester International Festival

John McGrath

Manchester International Festival

John E. McGrath is the Artistic Director of Manchester International Festival.  Appointed to the role in 2015, John was previously Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales which he launched in 2009 achieving an international reputation for large-scale site-specific work, digital innovation, international collaboration and extraordinary community involvement. John has worked as a theatre director in New York, London and was Artistic Director of Contact Theatre in Manchester from 1999 to 2008. Awards include the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Cultural Leadership Award (2005) and an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University (2015).

 

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Jon Lord

Bolton at Home

Jon Lord

Bolton at Home

After initially working as a funeral director, Jon made the leap into housing in 1987 and gained his wealth of experience with a wide variety of roles in management and tenant participation.

Jon became a Chief Officer at Bolton Council in 2001 and has been the Chair of the Greater Manchester Consortium for refugees and asylum seekers since that time.  In addition, he had a unique joint role across the Local Authority, ALMO (Arms Length Management Organisation) and Strategic Housing Partnership, managing a wide range of housing services as well as responsibility for the development of affordable housing.

He was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to housing.

In April 2010, Jon became our Chief Executive, while we were still an ALMO, and has led our transition from ALMO to a registered housing provider and charity, which continues to deliver a wide range of housing and community based services across all neighbourhoods in Bolton.

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Lee Corner

LAC

Lee Corner

LAC

Lee Corner is an established facilitator in the arts and third sector. She specialises in organisational change and development, as well as creating programmes of capacity building and professional development for small companies and individuals. Her work focuses on the essentials – vision and values; resilience and sustainability; structure and governance; managing change and transition; seizing opportunities.

Lee has held a number of senior voluntary positions including as a founder Director of the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills; Chair of The Media Centre, Kirklees; and a member of the Creative Industries Advisory Panel of the British Council.  She is currently a member of the Arts Council’s North Area Council.

Lee joins No Boundaries as MC in Hull.

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Lucy Clarke

Social Chain

Lucy Clarke

Social Chain

As Business Development and Marketing Director at Social Chain, Lucy heads up the newly-merged business and marketing departments within the organisation. She also sits on the board of directors, working strategically across the company. Within her role, Lucy is responsible for ensuring all marketing specialisms such as PR, content marketing, paid social and digital are aligned in their strategies.

Prior to working at Social Chain, Lucy worked at content marketing agency Tecmark UK, as business development manager and before this at digital marketing agency Venn.

Lucy asserts that she attended the ‘university of life’; honing her skills and gaining experience whilst on the job. After learning the basics of digital marketing, Lucy was keen to be exposed to more blue-chip and consumer brands.

Her first introduction to Social Chain was whilst watching a segment of the Gadget Show featuring founder and CEO Steven Bartlett. Intrigued by his story, she got in touch with Steve, and the rest is history.

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Megan Vaughan

Blogger, zinemaker, fan

Megan Vaughan

Blogger, zinemaker, fan

fandom

/fandəm/

noun: fandom; plural nounfandoms

  1. the state or condition of being a fan of someone or something.
  2. the fans of a particular person, team, fictional series, etc. regarded collectively as a community or subculture.

Blogger and zinemaker Megan Vaughan curates a special fanzine for delegates, exploring fan culture in relation to current industry issues. With original fanfic and art from contributors based all over the world, and featuring fans who are really making stuff happen, we present a culture of participation that is actively reimagining and reclaiming the canon.

Contributors: Rosie Curtis, Tine Gjessø, Rob Mallows, Okwo69, Owen G. Parry, Mer Starkey, Ani Thomas, UpTheHill.

Megan Vaughan has worked in arts administration for over a decade, writing the Synonyms For Churlish theatre and arts blog since 2008. She is currently Programmes Manager for the Live Art Development Agency and a PhD researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, studying ‘Outsider’ Theatre Criticism.

Image credit: Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger-Weasley, by Ani Thomas.

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Middle Child

Middle Child

Never Mind the Pub Quiz

Pit your wits against Hull-based Middle Child’s finest brains in a special No Boundaries edition of their Never Mind the Pub Quiz as our troupe of actors take the best bits of Shooting Stars, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Catchphrase to cook up the ultimate interactive quiz.

Middle Child create gig theatre for the gig economy, exploring what it means to live in modern Britain while recognising the importance of theatre as a social event. At a Middle Child event you are as likely to meet the love of your life as you are to be told a great story.

 

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Munira Mirza

Munira Mirza

Munira Mirza is an adviser on arts and philanthropy. She was Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture at the Greater London Authority between 2008-2016. She has worked for a range of cultural and charitable organisations including the Royal Society of Arts, the independent think tank Policy Exchange, and Tate. In 2009 she completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent and subsequently published The Politics of Culture (2010, Palgrave Macmillan). She has written and broadcast extensively about cultural and social policy in the UK. Munira is a member of the board of the Royal Opera House and a jury member of this year’s Art Fund Museum of the Year Award. Munira is also a founding supporter of Change Britain, a cross party campaign set up to make a success of Britain’s exit from the EU.

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Nayan Kulkarni

Nayan Kulkarni

Nayan Kulkarni is interested in the forms of cinematic imagining that play out in the contemporary city. For over a decade he has made light, sound, video and performance based art works in galleries and the public realm. He is currently completing The Golden Hour with Hull City Council. Recent works include: Blade as part of Look Up, Hull City of Culture 2017; The Three Graces, Illuminate York 2015; Hryre, Chester 2012; and Mirrie Dancers, Shetland 2009/10. He has been an artist on design teams in award winning regeneration, transport and landscape scale projects including: Hull Public Realm Strategy, Cabot Circus Bristol, St Davids Cardiff and The Ashford Ring Road. His broad experience of working within complex design team and project delivery contexts has created a platform from which to articulate unique ways of using the potential of art and light in non gallery contexts. Currently a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art, his research is focussed on understanding the complex formations of experience and meaning that are possible with artificial light and place.

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Nikesh Shukla

Author, Editor of Rife Magazine

Nikesh Shukla

Author, Editor of Rife Magazine

Nikesh is the editor of Rife Magazine, an online magazine for young people born out of a partnership between Bristol Youth Links and Watershed that covers arts, culture, social issues, politics, music film through lists, videos, essays, articles and many gifs.

He is and the author of the novels Coconut Unlimited (Quartet) which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and Meatspace (Friday Project). He is the editor of the acclaimed collection of essays about race and immigration by 21 writers of colour, The Good Immigrant (Unbound), for which he has been shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award.

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Paula Varjack

Writer, filmmaker and theatre maker

Paula Varjack

Writer, filmmaker and theatre maker

Paula Varjack is a writer, filmmaker and theatre maker. Her work explores identity, the unsaid, and making the invisible visible. She makes work across disciplines; performance, theatre, documentary and spoken word. Her debut prose & poetry publication Letters I Never Sent to You published by Burning Eye Books explores the sometimes slippery nature of the word “home”, and how love and heartbreak can be felt just as strongly for a place as for a person. Her most recent show “ Show Me The Money” – explores the reality of making a living in the artist in the U.K. based on interviews with artists across the country.  In addition to performing, she facilitates workshops with a wide range of age groups, using writing prompts and drama games to unblock creativity.  Born in Washington D.C. to a Ghanaian mother and a British father, out of they many places she has lived she considers east London to be “home”.

Photo © Winta Yohannes

 

 

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Rachel Coldicutt

Dot Everyone

Rachel Coldicutt

Dot Everyone

Rachel Coldicutt is Chief Executive Officer at Doteveryone, a UK charity working to solve the digital deficit. She has spent the last 20 years helping organisations adapt to the digital world. She has worked at the BBC, BT, V&A, Royal Opera House and as a consultant with large service organisations in finance, energy, healthcare and the third sector. She is also the founder of Culture Hack Day and co-founder of arts innovation agency Caper.

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Rufus Norris

National Theatre

Rufus Norris

National Theatre

Rufus Norris is Director of the National Theatre having previously been an Associate Director since 2011.

For the National he has directed The Threepenny Opera, in a new version by Simon Stephens; wonder.land, created by Damon Albarn, Moira Buffini and Rufus Norris; Everyman in a new adaptation by Carol Ann Duffy with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title role; Behind the Beautiful Forevers by David Hare based on the book by Katherine Boo, The Amen Corner by James Baldwin, Table by Tanya Ronder, London Road by Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork, Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka and Market Boy by David Eldridge.

He was an Associate Director at the Young Vic and other work has included: Cabaret and The Country Girl in the West End; Les Liasons Dangereuses (Broadway: five Tony nominations); Festen (Almeida, West End and Broadway: Evening Standard & Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Director); and Blood Wedding (Almeida 2004).

Rufus Norris’ debut feature film Broken premiered at Cannes in 2012; his film of London Road was released in June 2015.

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Sabrina Shirazi

OPUS

Sabrina Shirazi

OPUS

Sabrina Shirazi is an artist based at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio who produces visual art and events inspired by colour, unconventional behaviour and play.

Sabrina is formally trained in Textile Design which led to the creation of AFFIX, a tool for creative learning using 3D affixable shapes. Sabrina is also the Co-Founder of Motley Collective, a visual arts company who create bold imagery and film, which explores the impact of colour when applied to the human body. Motley developed into a collaboration with chefs where she became Creative Director of Cuisine+Colour, a meal and event that serves to pioneer an original way of relishing food, where colour is delicious and dining etiquette is challenged.

Sabrina is now developing a project called OPUS which is a series of workshops alluding to a live performance that unites sound, image and taste by harnessing congruent elements between them. What visuals and taste would resonate with a particular sound? The workshops have also been developed for Deaf and Hard of Hearing participants to creatively reinterpret sound in new ways. Sabrina seeks to accessibly tantalise and overwhelm an audience by exploring the cohesion of music, colour and flavour as one continuous, impactful punch.

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Tony Heaton OBE

Shape Arts

Tony Heaton OBE

Shape Arts

Tony Heaton OBE has been Chief Executive of Shape Arts – one of Unlimited’s two delivery partners, the other being Artsadmin – since 2008. Involved in the arts and museums sector for over 25 years, with a particular emphasis on access and inclusion, he is also the founder of NDACA, the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive, and has worked as a Consultant or Advisor to many major cultural organisations, including Tate, British Council and the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries.

A practising sculptor, his work ‘Monument to the Unintended Performer’ was installed on the Big 4 at Channel 4 TV Centre in London to celebrate the 2012 Paralympics; he was also invited to re-create his sculpture ‘Great Britain from a Wheelchair’ as Lecterns for Lord Coe and Sir Phillip Craven at the Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies. His sculpture ‘Squarinthecircle?’ is situated outside the school of architecture, Portsmouth University.

Tony Heaton was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2013, for services to the arts and the disability arts movement. He will step down from the position of Chief Executive of Shape in early 2017, but will continue as its Chair for the foreseeable future.

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Vasif Kortun

SALT

Vasif Kortun

SALT

Vasif Kortun is a curator, writer and teacher in the field of contemporary visual art, institutions, and spatial practices. He is the founding director of Research & Programs of SALT, an interdisciplinary cultural institution based in Istanbul and Ankara with innovative programs for research and experimental thinking.

A recipient of the Award for Curatorial Excellence from Bard College in 2006, Kortun was the founder of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Proje4L, Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of the Center for Curatorial Studies. He has vast experience and knowledge in establishing mission driven institutions, long-term strategies, design and building processes and in assembling interdisciplinary teams.

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Vicky Pryce

Economist

Vicky Pryce

Economist

Vicky was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting,(2010-2013), Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)(2002-2010) and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service . Before that she was Partner at London Economics and Partner and Chief Economist at KPMG after holding senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector.

At various stages in her career she has held a number of academic posts, including Visiting Professorships at Queen Mary, University of London, Imperial College Business School and Cass Business School. She has also served on the Council of the Royal Economic Society, as Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford , on the Council of the University of Kent and on the Court of the London School of Economics. She was also a trustee of the RSA. She is currently a Fellow of the Society of Business Economists, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, on the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, on BIS’ Panel for Monitoring the Economy, on the City AM’s shadow monetary policy committee and on the Advisory Board of the central banking think-tank OMFIF. She also co-founded GoodCorporation, a company set up to promote corporate social responsibility and in 2010-11 became the first female Master for the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants in the City of London.

Vicky is a board member for the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

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Yemisi Mokuolu

Hatch Events

Yemisi Mokuolu

Hatch Events

Yemisi is an independent theatre and festival producer and consultant who is best known for her work promoting African creative content and developing creative potential across Africa. As a producer, her credits include; “Amnesty @ Edinburgh Festival” in 2012, the “Out of Africa” festivals, “Asa Baako – One Dance” festival in Ghana and “Oliva Tweest: An Afrobeats Musical” in the UK and Nigeria.

As a consultant, she has worked for agencies which include; Arts Council England, British Council, Creative Skillset, Goethe and UNITAR providing research, mentoring and training programmes to develop the cultural and creative industries across Europe and Africa.