GEMS/Shades of Noir present: Beyond Race in the Creative Sectors

This occasion will present the 1st discussion event by GEMS for a discourse that aims to examine and unpack ‘Beyond Race in the Creative Sectors’.

The evening will offer panelists for whom the topic touches/engages their thinking, practice and experience to date. There will also be performances, refreshments and an opportunity to share in the discussion.

The event is for internal and external participants with all records of interest to logged by 1st November with quoting reference ‘BRCS’. Please RSVP quoting the reference as spaces are limited.

When: Friday 2nd November, 6.30pm – 9pm
Where: London College of Fashion
20 John Prince’s Street
London W1G 0BJ 

Reference: BRCS

The panelists include:

Sonya Dyer is an artist and writer. She recently completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in NYC.  Her exhibitions include The Paul Robeson Research Station at Site Gallery, Sheffield. She recently contributed to the French feminist journal Petunia, and has previously written for publications including Prospect, Time Out and the Guardian blog. From 2007 – 2011, Sonya contributed to discussions around race / diversity and cultural policy with Boxed In: How Cultural Diversity Policies Constrict Black Artists and a series of other texts / interventions.

Suki Chan was born in Hong Kong and lives and works in London. Chan graduated from Goldsmiths in 1999 and completed an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art in 2008. Her recent solo shows include A Hundred Seas Rising, a large-scale sound installation, commissioned by Aspex Gallery; Sleep Walk Sleep Talk, a major video installation commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, shown at Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art and Interval II, commissioned by the Chinese Arts Centre, supported by Film London.

Dr Gil Robinson lectures Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development and Organizational Behaviour at Royal Dock Business School. Gil also has years of experience supervising dissertations at Undergraduate and Post graduate Levels. Gil is also a HRM and HRD consultant and works with organizations on developing effective solutions that enables organizations to enhance their bottom lines. He specializes in research in the areas of Equality and Diversity, Ethnic Relations, Attainments in HE, Trade Unions and Performance Management”.

Yaba Badoe is a Ghanaian-British documentary filmmaker and journalist. A graduate of King’s College Cambridge, she worked as a civil servant in Ghana before becoming a General Trainee with the BBC. She has taught in Spain and Jamaica and a former Visiting Scholar at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, where after 5 years, she completed a documentary film on the “Witches of Gambaga” following the lives of women outed from their communities in Northern Ghana. The film was awarded, Best Documentary, at the Black Film Festival, 2012.

Terry Finnigan is Head of Widening Participation at London College of Fashion. She is motivated by her sense of social justice and entitlement for students from diverse backgrounds, at different stages of their educational journey, to achieve at the highest level. Terry has contributed extensively to the student experience at the university since her appointment in 2002. She has done so through work in study support, with the Centre for Learning in Practice CETL, through her own research and in her current role as Head of Widening Participation. She has championed student voices, and ensured that they are heard and inform UAL’s work, and she has furthered the institutions commitment to working with students in strategy development and decision-making. ‘Tell Us About It’ is a project Terry led involving academically successful students from diverse backgrounds evaluating their learning experience.