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Tuesday 13 February 2018

Brighton's Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts Host Panel Debate On Women In Creative Leadership

In anticipation of International Women's Day and to mark the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act - which gave many women the vote in UK for the first time -  Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA), Brighton, will host a panel debate on women in creative leadership.  

Working with the University of Sussex, four influential female alumni will return to the university for the conversation, which takes place on 28th February 2018 and will be chaired by ACCA's Creative Director Laura McDermott.  

McDermott will be in conversation with Dr Maria Balshaw (the first female director in Tate"s 120-year history), Catherine Mayer (author and co-founder of The Women's Equality Party), Philippa Gregory (novelist, broadcaster and philanthropist) and Helen Pankhurst (author, activist, great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst & granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, and ambassador for CARE International). 

Catherine Mayer said: "Our cultural output has the power to drive change or to uphold the status quo, and too often it does the latter. 

"One of the seven core objectives of the Women's Equality Party is 'equal treatment by and in the media' because we cannot have one without the other or reach equality without a media and wider cultural landscape that draws on the talents and perspectives of women in all our diversity. 


"The #MeToo movement has helped to puncture the myth of media, arts and culture as a haven of progressive values in a regressive world, but these testimonies have also showed how much remains to be done to close the gender gap. 

"I am participating in this debate because the best way to celebrate the suffrage centenary is to continue the work."

The panel will share recollections on their contributions to the fields of art and politics and their thoughts on being role models for future female leaders.
 
Laura McDermott, Creative Director, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, added, "The four speakers are leaders in their respective fields and will no doubt offer some fantastic insight into their careers to date and on female leadership in the creative, cultural and political sectors, for those in our campus community and beyond."
 
The event takes place on Wednesday 28th February at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts at 8pm. Tickets are £5/£3. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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