‘Inspiring Women in the Arts’ in partnership with BAFTA

24 April 2015


Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall hosted ‘Inspiring Women in the Arts’ in partnership with BAFTA on 23 April 2015. Here 170 high profile women representing a wide range of careers in the arts did career speed networking with 850 state school girls about their jobs and experiences. Well known faces from the world of television, theatre and the arts took part such as; actress Jenny Agutter OBE (pictured), editor Rosie Boycott, potter Emma Bridgewater, The Miniaturist author Jessie Burton, Art of Noise founder and composer Anne Dudley, Call the Midwife script editor Katy Harmer, singer Jamelia, BBC One Show presenter Alex Jones, Jude Kelly OBE Southbank Centre Director, Harry Potter casting director Karen Lindsay-Stewart, author Kate Mosse OBE, TV presenter June Sarpong and opera singer Amanda Roocroft.

The Inspiring Women campaign aims to get women pledging one hour a year to talk to girls in school about their job and career route. Research shows that young people at school have little idea about the career options open to them and the exciting range of jobs available in the arts arena – e.g. not just actors and artists but also agents, curators, directors, managers, PR officers, set designers and writers. We need to change the mismatch and inspire the next generation of young women to consider a career in the arts.

The event at Tate Modern celebrates reaching our 15,000 milestone

The event also saw the formal announcement of meeting our target to recruit 15,000 women to volunteer. Now 15,009 Inspiring Women have signed up through Inspiring the Future to be available to speak in state schools and colleges about their jobs and careers. Since the campaign launched in October 2013, a total of 289,974 girls and young women from across the UK have engaged with Inspiring the Future volunteers.

See our ‘Inspiring Women campaign: the story so far’ IW Campaign Summary Digital (PDF)

The event is part of the wider Inspiring Women campaign, run by charity the Education and Employers Taskforce, with key strategic partner and lead corporate supporter, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Inspiring Women campaign founder and champion Miriam González Durántez said: “I’m thrilled that we have surpassed our goal and we have now more than 15,000 volunteers willing to go to back to schools to talk to girls across the country. We are celebrating the success of the Inspiring Women Campaign with the biggest event we have organised so far. It is just wonderful to see the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern, a truly iconic place for the Arts worldwide, overtaken by hundreds of girls and so many outstanding women.  The fact that so many talented women from all different areas of the Arts have come to give up their time to speed date with the girls today is just another sign of the strength of the UK Arts worldwide.”

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA said: “We are delighted to be working with Miriam González Durántez and Inspiring Women to host this special ‘Inspiring Women in the Arts’ event at Tate Modern. The arts, including the art forms of the moving image, offer an exciting range of roles that should be available to anyone, regardless of gender or background. At the event hundreds of girls will meet and gain inspiration from successful women, including BAFTA nominees and winners. We are highlighting a number of careers, including areas where women are particularly under-represented across Film, Television and Games. Attendees represent directing, game development and sound design, as well as composing, producing, screenwriting, acting and other crafts.”

Kerstin Mogull, Managing Director, Tate said: “We are delighted to be hosting this event in the Turbine Hall at the heart of Tate Modern. The arts sector is one of this country’s great strengths and it offers an incredible range of careers, open to all. You only have to look at the work on display at Tate’s galleries to see how important women are to the arts, and this year we are proud to be staging more exhibitions of female artists than ever before. It is so important for young women to see what opportunities there are out there, and to meet people who can speak from experience about them. I hope this event helps many more people to be inspired and to get involved.”

“As Inspiring the Future’s lead corporate supporter, we are delighted to combine our global support of the arts with that of educating the next generation – two areas which we view as crucial for developing strong economies and successful communities,” said Saba Nazar, vice chair in Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “The range of careers available within the arts is as dynamic and varied as the women attending this event and we are incredibly proud to be involved in helping to inspire the next generation.”

To sign up and volunteer or for more information please go to http://www.inspiringthefuture.org

Brenda Emmanus, BBC broadcaster and journalist, talks about the campaign and Tate Modern event from a volunteer’s perspective.

Artist, Teresa Albor, talks about volunteering with the campaign and talking with school girls.

The women and organisations who took part included:

Maria Aberg, Theatre director

Jenny Agutter OBE, Actress

Tazeen Ahmad, Presenter

Teresa Albor, Artist

Alia Al-Senussi, Head of Young Tate Patrons Board

Julia Alvarez, Gallery & Projects Director, Bearspace Gallery

Rosemary Ball, Games Producer, Tick Tock Toys

Kate Bartlett, Head of Drama ITV

Helen Beeckmans, Head of Communications, Tate

Amanda Berry OBE, CEO, BAFTA

Praveen Bhatia, Copywright lawyer

Katherine Bidwell, Game Developer

Rosey Blackmore, Merchandise Director, Tate

Felicity  Blunt, Literary agent

Elizabeth Bonham Carter, Artist, Royal Academy

Baroness Jane Bonham Carter

Rosie Boycott, Editor, The Oldie

Erica Boyer, Head of Corporate Alliances, Sotheby’s

Louise Brealey, Actress

Amanda Byram, Total Wipeout Presenter

Emma Bridgewater, Potter

Isabella Bywater, Opera and Theatre Director/Designer

Belinda Campbell, Producer

Karla Crome, Actress and Writer

Anne Cutler, Director of Learning Tate

Maryam D’Abo, Actress

Hayley Dallimore, Literary Administrator, Royal Court Theatre

Cecile de Cormis, Head of Business, Corporate Membership & Events, Tate

Emma de Souza, Head of Media and Marketing, Society of London Theatre

Louise Delamere, Film producer

Poulomi Desai, Artistic Director, Usurp Art Gallery & Studios

Jo Dipple, Chief Executive, UK Music

Anne Dudley, Composer and musician

Jacqueline Durran, Costume Designer

Hazel Durrant, Head of Development, Create London

Finola Dwyer, Producer

Jillian Edelstein, Photographer

Joy Elton, Singer

Brenda Emmanus, Broadcaster & Journalist

Claire Eva, Head of Marketing & Audiences Tate

Jane Featherstone, Producer

Rebecca Frayn, Author

Flavia Frigeri, Curator, International Art Tate

Jean Fritts, Director of African and Oceanic Art Sotheby’s

Sarah Gavron, Director

Julie Gearey, Writer

Helen George, Actress

Nina Gold, Casting Director

Jane Goldman, Writer

Miriam  González, Partner, Dechert

Caitlin Goodale, Graphic Designer Microsoft

Claire Gough, Arts Consultant, CG Arts Consulting

Amelia Granger, Head of Film UK, Working Title Films

Emma Green, Diversity Manager, Tate

Kate Hamlin, human Resources Director, Shakespeare’s Globe

Sara Hardy, Director, Gold Star Productions

Katy Harmer, Script Executive

Pippa Harris, Producer

Karen Hartley Thomas, Make-Up Designer

Keeley Hawes, Actress

Sally Hawkins, Actress

Debra Hayward, Producer

Ella Hickson, Playwright

Kate Horne, Documentary Director

Caro Howell, Director Foundling Museum

Wendy Ide, Film Critic

Daisy Jacobs, Director/Animator

Leah Jewett, Deputy Chief Sub-Editor, Guardian/Observer

Penny Johnson CBE, Director, Government Art Collection

Anna Jones, Sky News Presenter

Jude Kelly OBE, Director, Southbank Centre

Mitu Khandaker, Game Developer

Kanya King MBE, CEO MOBO

Charlotte Knight, Agent Knight Hall Agency

Annie Kokur, Editor

Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films, BBC Films

Janet Lee, Producer, Factual BBC

Vicky Licorish, Producer AL Films

Laura Liggins, Designer I-D Magazine

Deborah Lincoln, Senior Vice President, Warner Bros

Billie Lindsay, Head of External Relations, Tate

Karen Lindsay-Stewart, Casting Director

Phyllida Lloyd, Director

Paulette Long, Music Business Consultant

Philippa Lowthorpe, Director

Roberta Lucca, Studio Head Bossa Studios

Liza Marshall, Producer, Archery Pictures

Darcia Martin, TV Director

Laura Martin, Real Life PR

Grace Maxwell, Music manager

Juliet May, Director

Cathleen McCarron, Voice Coach, Central School

Liz McCarthy, Development Director, National Theatre

Amy McKelvie, Curator, Schools & Teachers Programmes, Tate

Emily McLaughlin, Artistic Associate, Royal Court Theatre

Celeste Menich, Head of Design & Production, Tate

Anne Mensah, Head of Drama, Sky

Kerstin Mogull, Managing Director, Tate

Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC1

Anne Morrison, Chair, BAFTA

Kate Mosse OBE, Author

Elizabeth Murdoch, Founder Freelands Group

Catherine Murray, Actor’s Agents’ Assistant, United Agents

Saba Nazar, vice chair in Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Caro Newling, President, Society of London Theatre

Cheryl Newman, Picture editor, The Telegraph

Vilma Nikolaidou, Head of Organisational Development, Tate

Caroline Norbury, CEO, Creative England

Susie Olbrich, Film Producer & Journalist

Lola Oliyide, Head of Development, Blue Ice Pictures

Joanna Orland,  Games Sound Engineer, Sony Computer Entertainment

Lynne Parker, Founder & CEO Funny Women

Esme Peach, Creative Strategist, Portabello Studios

Sue Peart, Editor, YOU

Faith Penhale, Head of Drama, BBC Cymru Wales

Eleanor Pinfield, Head of Art on the Underground, Transport for London

Rachel Portman, Actress

Sandy Powell, Costume Designer

Sarah Jane Prentice, Production Designer, Neal Street Productions

Jane Preston, Documentary maker

Nina Raine, Theatre Director & Playwright

Katie Raw, Head of Visitor Experience, Tate

Katie Razall, Journalist BBC

Vanessa Reed, Executive Director, PRS for Music Foundation

Kate, Rhodes James, Casting Director

Imogen Robertson, Author

Sarah Rogers, Finance and Operations Director, Tate Enterprises Ltd

Rosa Romero, Head of Feature Films, Casarotto Marsh Ltd

Amanda Roocroft, Opera Singer

Leah Royall, Sub-editor, Guardian

Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director, Tricycle Theatre

Blue Ryan, Director, Gold Star Productions

Hilary Salmon, Head of Drama England, BBC

Helena Santos, Technical Manager, Modern Dream

Anisa Sanusi, Games Artist, Frontier Developments

June Sarpong, TV presenter

Maggie Saunders, Drama workshop leader

Tracey Scoffield, Owner Rainmark Films

Tracey Seaward, Producer

Tania Seghatchian, Executive Producer

Elizabeth Sheinkman, Literary agent

Nicola Shindler, Executive Producer, Red Production Company, A Studio Canal Company

Lydia Slater, Journalist, YOU, Times

Patricia Smithen, Head of Conservation, Tate

Minkie Spiro, Director

Rea Stavropoulos, Artist

Paula Stevens-Hoare, Artist

Stephanie Street, Founder, Act for Change

Andrea Sullivan, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jessica Swale, Author

Katie Swinden, Producer

Jessica Sykes, Agent

Timea Tabori, Engine Programmer, Rockstar North

Rachel Tackley, Director/ Creative Producer, English Touring Theatre

Dida Tait, Head of Development & External Relations, Contemporary Art Society

Jennifer Taylor, COO EMEA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Nicola Thimas, Upholsterer/ Property Restorer, Farley

Heidi Thomas, Writer

Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE, MD/ Author, ASAP Media

Annie Tricklebank, Producer

Liza Trubridge, Producer/ Executive Producer, Carnival Films & TV

Rachel Tyson, Producer

Elisenda Vila Llonch, Lead Project Curator, British Museum

Olivia Vinall, Actress

Des Violaris, Head of Arts Programme, BP

Sally Wainwright, Writer

Alex Walker, Head of Arts & Heritage, Harris Museum & Art Gallery

Vivien Wallace, Development Director, Old Vic

Harriet Warner, Writer

Maxine Watson, Head of Documentaries, BBC

Rebecca Williams, Director of Audiences, Tate

Margaret Williams, Film Director, MJW Productions

Laura Wilson, Young People’s Programme Manager, South London Gallery

Sarah Woolner, Writer

Laura Wright, CEO, Tate Enterprises Ltd

Lydia Yee, Chief Curator, WhiteChapel Gallery

There were 16 state schools taking part in the speed career networking at Tate Modern.

See the full Flickr photo album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edu_employers/sets/72157651724468080/

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