University Women in the Arts in International Women’s Day event for female students wanting to work in the arts

University Women in the Arts has announced a day long International Women’s Day event for female students wanting to work in the arts in the UK.

The free event will take place in London from 3-8pm on 2 March.

It offers students a chance to benefit from the advice of some of the women leading the way in the arts in the UK.

It will also celebrate the one year anniversary of the University Women in the Arts scheme.

Speakers include Pinky Lilani, founder of the Women of the Future
Programme, the Women of the Future Awards and Asian Woman of
Achievement Awards and Jennifer Tuckett, director of University Women in the Arts, founder of London Writers’ Week, The Student Guide to Writing series and course leader of Central Saint Martins’ first creative writing degree.

Jennifer said: “We are delighted to be holding a day long event for International Women’s Day. We hope female students from across the UK will be able to attend the event and benefit from the advice of four women who have led the way in the arts all in one day.

“The event is free as it is important to address why so many more women study the arts but less women work in the arts and we hope the opportunity to listen to the speaker’s career paths, the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them and their advice for women wanting to work in the arts will be a start to addressing this. ”

The International Women’s Day event is supported by WhatsonStage and the Women’s Equality Party.

University Women in the Arts is running in partnership with the Women of the Future Programme, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, Writers at Work Productions, and in association with Tonic Theatre.

The scheme is inspired by the fact that many more women study the arts in the UK (for example over 70% of students at the University of the Arts London, Europe’s largest arts University, are female) but less women work in the arts, particularly in artistic and leadership roles. According to recent British Theatre Consortium figures, only 30% of professional playwrights are women and according to recent UAL figures, only 30% of professional artists in galleries in London are female.

Other University Women in the Arts mentors include Tamara Rojo, artistic director of the English National Ballet, Jude Kelly, founder of the WOW Festivals and artistic director of the Southbank Centre, Joanna Prior, managing director of Penguin Books, Charlotte Higgins, chief culture writer at The Guardian, Kate Bryan, art historian, presenter and former director of The Fine Art Society, Elizabeth Freestone, artistic director of Pentabus Theatre Company, Tanya Seghatchian, film producer, Vicky Featherstone, artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre, and historian, columnist and presenter Amanda Foreman.

Free tickets can be booked here

Event date: 2 March 2017 (3pm-8pm)

Location:  London venue TBC

Source: Direct contact

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