The Creative Case for Diversity

innovation and excellence in the arts

Launch event

Black and White portrait photograph of Tony Panayoitou

Symposium Speaker: Tony Panayoitou »

Director of Diversity, Arts Council England

Tony Panayiotou has been the Director of Diversity at Arts Council England since April 2003. He leads the Arts Council’s work on race, disability and gender equality and is in the process of developing a diversity strategy for the arts. He started his career in the Race Relations Unit in the London Borough of Hackney and later took on the role of Refugee Officer there. In 1991, he joined the council’s Central Policy Unit. He then spent six years at the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux where his last position was Assistant Director of Planning and Performance.

Black and White portrait photograph of Mark Robinson

Symposium Speaker: Mark Robinson »

Founder, Thinking Practice

Mark Robinson founded the Thinking Practice after he left Arts Council England. Mark was Executive Director of Arts Council England, North East, from 2005–10. Before that, he previously held positions as Head of Film, Media and Literature at Northern Arts, Director of Arts and Humanities at the Centre for Lifelong Learning and as Director of Cleveland Arts where he set up the Teesside Arts in Education agency. Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a widely published poet and critic. His most recent publication is A Balkan Exchange: 8 British and Bulgarian Poets (Arc 2007). In 2000, a film featuring one of his poems won a Regional Royal Television Society award.

Black and White portrait photograph of Deborah Shaw

Symposium Speaker: Deborah Shaw »

Director, World Shakespeare Festival

Deborah Shaw joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2006. She developed and showcased productions from Russia, China, the Middle East, South Africa, Italy, Germany, South America, Japan, India and the USA. She is an external examiner for MMU’s European Theatre MA and contributed to the European Culture Forum and international symposia on Arab Theatre and the recent initiative on EU/Russian cross-cultural collaboration. She is a founder of the Baghdad-based Iraqi Theatre Company. She set up and chaired Stratford’s Cultural Consortium and initiated the Royal Shakespeare Companies’ Creative Projects programme. She is now Director of the World Shakespeare Festival.

Black and White portrait photograph of Alistair Spalding

Symposium Speaker: Alistair Spalding »

Director, World Shakespeare Festival Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Sadler’s Wells

Alistair Spalding has been the Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells Theatre since 2004. He has been responsible for programming at the theatre since February 2000, when he joined as Director of Programming, becoming Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director in October 2004. In March 2005, he announced a new commissioning and co-producing policy at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. He has also initiated projects such as the Breakin’ Convention International Hip Hop Dance Theatre Festival. He was awarded Le Chevalier des Artes et Lettres by the French Embassy in October 2005 and the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance at the 2010 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.

Black and White portrait photograph of Jim Tough

Symposium Speaker: Jim Tough »

Executive Director North, Arts Council England

Jim Tough was appointed the Executive Director North at the Arts Council in 2010. Jim started his career in the arts following an earlier career in youth work and community learning. He established the WHALE project (Wester Hailes Arts for Leisure and Education) in an area of disadvantage in Edinburgh. His achievements include the development of an award winning venue during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, producing major community events and securing funding for a purpose built arts centre. In 1998, Jim was appointed as the Combined Arts Director at the Scottish Arts Council, then as Director of Arts. He was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer in 2007 and played a key role in the development of Creative Scotland.

The Creative Case Symposium »

Monday 12 September, 10.30am – 4.30pm Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

A free symposium about the Creative Case providing essential guidance for both national portfolio organisations and non-funded organisations on how to engender creative excellence through diversity and equality. We will also discuss how this new approach will form an integral part of the Arts Council’s 10-year vision of achieving great art for everyone.

10.00am Registration – tea / coffee
11.00am Welcome
Jim Tough, Area Executive Director North, Arts Council England

Alan Davey, CEO Arts Council England

Keynote: Diversity and Achieving Great Arts for Everyone
Tony Panayiotou, Director of Diversity Arts Council England

What is the Creative Case?
Hassan Mahamdallie, Senior Strategy officer Arts Council England

Responses to the keynote
Fiona Gasper, Executive Director, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Maria Oshodi, CEO and Artistic Director, Extant Theatre Company
12.15pm Question Time
Chair: Jim Tough, Area Executive Director North, Arts Council England
Panel members:
Kath Duncan, multimedia producer, researcher and artist (Australia)
Ngozi Ikoku, Festival Manager, Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival
Tony Panayiotou, Director of Diversity Arts Council England
1.15pm LUNCH
2.15pm Diversity and Adaptive Resilience
Presentation by
Tony Nwachukwu (burntprogress) & Mark Robinson (Thinking Practice)

2.30pm What the Creative Case Means for Me and My Organisation?
Chair: Hilary Carty, Coach & consultant – Leadership development

Panel members
Sue Caro, Head of Diversity, BBC
Skinder Hundal, Chief Executive, New Art Exchange
Deborah Shaw, Associate Director, Royal Shakespeare Company
Alistair Spalding, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Sadler’s Wells
Madani Younis, Artistic Director Bush Theatre
4.00pm Summing up the day
Karena Johnson, CEO/Artistic Director Broadway Theatre, Barking
Leroy F Moore Jr, writer, advocate and journalist (USA)
4.20pm Closing remarks
Jim Tough, Area Executive Director North, Arts Council England


26 July 2012

Join CoolTan Arts Community Legacy Walk - on a free guided cultural walk around the Olympic Boroughs of Hackney and Newham.

Meet outside Hackney Museum at 12 noon. The walk will last approximately 3.5 hours and end in the vicinity of the Olympic Park

Along the way our friendly guides will tell you stories of the art, culture and mental health history of the local area.

Learn more about the history of Hackney's psychiatric hospitals,

the hidden river of Hackney Brook, the local memorial to Blind Fred, a match seller, and the rich history of non conformism in Hackney!

The walks are fully accessible, free and open to all.

Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water.

All Welcome!

The project is also recruiting and training new volunteers to research and help lead walks. CoolTan Arts welcomes volunteers with disabilities, or without disabilities.

Volunteers will get training in First aid, storytelling, mental health first aid, and Walk Leader training. The group meets at various locations in Hackney on a Tuesday 12 noon to 3pm.

Trish Wheatley

13 September 2011

Loved Madani's contribution to the discussions yesterday.

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