Who’s at The Summit?

Tarik Elmoutawakil
Tarik ElmoutawakilTarik is an artist, programmer, creative producer as well as Founder and Artistic Director at The Marlborough Theatre in Brighton UK, the UKs only performing arts venue dedicated to intersectional queer arts. His current public work is entitled ‘Brownton Abbey’, an Afro-Futures Performance Party that centres QTIPOC (queer, trans and intersex people of colour), in particular those with disabilities. Brownton Abbey reclaims and reinterprets QTIPOC spirituality and ritual, channelling it into an out-of-this-world, accessible party. Brownton Abbey is an Unlimited Comission Award Winner 2019/2020, and will be going on a UK tour during this period.

Tarik is a distinctive, public speaker, with regular appearances on panels at arts and cultural events across the UK, speaking on subjects such as tokenism in the arts, or approaches to authentic ‘intersectional’ programming. Tarik has worked with people of all ages, from toddlers to OAPs and believes wholeheartedly in the transformative powers of both radically inclusive and “radically exclusive” spaces.


Nike Jonah
Nike JonahNike has various roles in the cultural sector. She is currently, a Visiting Research Fellow at Central School of Speech and Drama, she’s also the lead for the Pop Culture and Social Change initiative at Counterpoints Arts. In 2018, she launched Pan African Creative Exchange (PACE) a platform for artists based in Africa.

Between 2008 and 2012, Nike led the decibel programme, an Arts England initiative for African, Asian and Caribbean artists in England.

Nike is a Trustee of the following; The European Cultural Foundation, The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, The Royal Africa Society and The Bush Theatre.

Hassan Mahamdallie
Hassan MahamdallieHassan is a playwright, director, writer and specialist in diversity and the arts. He was born in London into a large working-class Indo-Trinidadian/English family. After completing an MA in Theatre Studies at Leeds University in 1984, he worked as an actor, devisor and director in Theatre in Education and Community Theatre, mainly in the north of England, with radical companies including M6 Theatre Co (Rochdale) and Pit Prop Theatre (Wigan). A senior policy maker and consultant, he authored Arts Council England’s unique approach: The Creative Case for Diversity. He was Director of the Muslim Institute and helps edit its journal Critical Muslim. Hassan launched his theatre company Dervish Productions in 2014. Its first critically acclaimed production was ‘The Crows Plucked Your Sinews’ (writer and director). He was writer on Common Wealth theatre’s latest immersive show ‘I Have Met the Enemy (and the enemy is us)’ and is presently working with Vital Xposure theatre on a new play ‘White Pariahs’ for Autumn 2020. Published books include a biography of Victorian artist/radical William Morris, In Defence of Multiculturalism (ed) and a history of Black British Radicals. He also blogs for the Dream Deferred site on 1970s Punk music.

Dr Richardo Peach
Ricardo PeachDr Ricardo Peach is the Director of the Vrystaat Kunstefees/Arts Festival/Tsa-Botjhaba, a multi-artform Afrikaans language festival in Mangaung, South Africa, that forges links with Sesotho and English cultures. The festival is held annually over a 6-day period in July in Bloemfontein, Free State.

He also developed and is the Co-director of the Programme for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD) at the University of the Free State, partnering with the Vrystaat Arts Festival, and a Founding Director of the Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE).

In 2017 he was appointed by the Minister of Arts and Culture as a Council member of the William Humphreys Art Gallery in Kimberley, Northern Cape. He is also a board member of ASSITEJ South Africa theatre for young audiences.


Alice Fox – How can arts venues/organisations embed inclusive practice?
Alice FoxAlice Fox is Deputy Head of The School of Art at the University of Brighton where she founded the pioneering MA Inclusive Arts Practice. In 2003 Alice founded the Rocket Artists’ Studios for artists with learning disabilities and their non-disabled collaborators. She has worked for many years delivering participatory performances and visual arts alongside some of the world’s most socially excluded groups, in particular people with learning disabilities. Alice often applies her research whilst training NGOs, museum, health & education workers. Alice is currently delivering inclusive arts projects for Tate Exchange, The National Gallery and The British Council in Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea and Nepal.

In recognition of her ground breaking Inclusive Arts work Alice won the Times Higher Education Award 2017 for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. Alice is also a Trustee for Epic Arts in Cambodia.

Atif Choudhury – How can the Disabled experience strengthen the cultural offer?
Atif_Choudhury_photo.jpgAtif is an award-winning social entrepreneur, with a background in economic justice and disability inclusion projects.

Focusing on the inclusion of marginalised communities, Atif has worked with a number of high profile grassroots social development projects across the UK, the Middle East and Asia. He is the co-founder and CEO of Diversity and Ability (D&A) which represents a campaign to transform outdated labels and understandings of disability, celebrating diversity through adversity and the shared resilience of marginalised voices in our society.

Atif is also CEO of Zaytoun CiC (the world’s first Fairtrade Palestinian olive oil cooperative), as well as serving as a trustee for the anti-poverty charity War on Want and Disability Rights UK. He was a shortlisted finalist in the ‘Entrepreneur of Excellence’ category for the 2019 National Diversity Awards and the winner of the 2018 Global Equality and Diversity – Noon Award.

Gil Doron – How can artists take the lead in socially engaged practice & creative spaces?
Socially Engaged Arts SalonDr Gil Mualem-Doron is a socially and politically engaged artist working in various media, chiefly photography, digital art and installation as a means of research, reflection, communication and transgression.  Gil’s work grew out of his biography, places he has lived – the history or socio-political conditions that have formed them, and his curatorial and critical studies and Ph.D. research in Architecture and Urbanism (TU Delft).  His work investigates issues such as urban history, social justice, identify and place and in particularly transcultural aesthetics, migrations and displacement.

His work has been exhibited in the UK and aboard including Tate Modern, the Turner Contemporary, Liverpool Museum, People’s History Museum, Rich Mix London, ONCA (Brighton), Haifa Museum of Art (Israel), East66 – Centre for Urban Research (Amsterdam), and Centre for Urban Ecology (Detroit).  His work has been published in several journals and books including The Times, Time Out, Metropolis, Art Leeks and Loud Paper.  His works are in a few private collections and he has been commissioned to create temporary and permanent installations by Counterpoint Arts, Platforma, London’s Mayor and Ben & Jerry’s.

In 2016 Mualem-Doron founded SEAS – Socially Engaged Art Salon in Brighton at the BMECP Centre, a place for exhibiting social and political art, workshops and events.  More about SEAS can be seen here:  www.seasbrighton.com

Louise Gibson – Building links between communities – Deaf & Hearing
Louise GibsonLouise is a Deaf educator and facilitator who is passionate about sharing British Sign Language, building links and breaking down communication barriers between hearing and Deaf communities. Louise has been working with ONCA for the past 5 years and has been involved in a variety of projects such as teaching sign language poetry to school children, providing Deaf awareness training for staff and volunteers, participating in panel discussions during exhibitions, running inclusive dance parties and supporting the ONCA team to make their programmes more accessible to Deaf people and sign language users.

Lydia Heath
Lydia HeathLydia is a visual artist and curator whose work explores the relationship between art and activism, alternative futures and counter narratives to capitalism. Prior to joining ONCA in 2016 Lydia worked with a portfolio of organisations and artists to deliver professional development schemes and public art projects. They are passionate about accessibility and inclusion, and addressing structural exclusion within the arts. They have completed Level 1 British Sign Language and work with Louise to provide Deaf awareness training for artists, educators and ONCA volunteers.

During their workshop Louise and Lydia will share approaches to building links between hearing and Deaf communities and making spaces and programmes more Deaf inclusive based on their experience of working together at ONCA over the past few years.

Lucy Stone – How can I fundraise for my Inclusive Arts Project? 
Lucy StoneLucy Stone has worked in the Charity sector for over 20 years. For the last 15 years in senior leadership roles in the arts, music, health, wellbeing, social welfare and education sectors.

In 2019 Lucy launched No Stone Unturned Fundraising, a consultancy with a diverse range of clients ranging in size from a start-up charity with a £50,000 turnover to a 120 year old charity with a £10 million turnover. As well as interim fundraising leadership, her work includes fundraising audits, strategy and implementation.

In the arts and cultural sectors Lucy is currently working with The Old Market, Belltree Music Therapy, Brighton People’s Theatre, Music Venue Trust and Ensemble Reza.

Naomi Alexander – Voices from Whitehawk & HangletonNaomi Alexander
Naomi is Brighton born and bred and is the founder and Artistic Director of Brighton People’s Theatre. Her working life has criss-crossed the community development and theatre worlds, informing her practice today. She has worked for organisations such as the Hangleton and Knoll Project, Locality, Battersea Arts Centre and the Old Vic. She is passionate about changing the way the arts are made and consumed to make them more democratic, relevant and accessible for everyone. She is currently a Clore Fellow for Theatre 2019/20. Twitter: @BTNPeople @naomi_ontheatre

Hear from resident social researcher from Whitehawk, Dr Carlie Goldsmith, about the findings from Brighton People’s Theatre’s research work with local communities in Whitehawk and Hangleton over the past year. Watch films where local people talk about their levels of connection, representation, consumption and participation in the arts in the city. Get involved in a Question and Answer session with residents from Hangleton and Whitehawk, chaired by Naomi Alexander.

Richard Freeman How can creative freelancers be supported?
Richard FreemanRichard is CEO of always possible, and a specialist in cultural place-making, network development, skills infrastructure and strategic planning.  His experience spans the voluntary sector, further education, local government and private enterprise, and he is an adviser to education networks, thinktanks and creative business groups across the UK.

Richard is a Fellow of the RSA and the Chartered Management Institute, an Associate of the Education & Training Foundation and a Trustee of UK work experience charity, Fair Train. Richard is currently the Programme Director for Essex 2020, the UK’s largest celebration of science and creativity – and is an adviser to the South East Creative Economy Network, the Coastal West Sussex Partnership, The Sussex Council of Training Providers and is the convener of the Adur & Worthing Community Innovation Network.

Rosaria Gracia – How can inclusivity play an intrinsic role in dance & what is its impact on health & wellbeing? PRACTICAL WORKSHOP
Rosaria GarciaDr Rosaria M. Gracia has been dancing, teaching and choregraphing static and parade performance since 1999.  She has performed extensively in the UK and in International Festivals in Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Brazil and Cuba.  She has a broad experience as a teacher, performer and choreographer for group of all ages, delivering over 500 session (both of arts in practice and academic content) per year.

In the field of arts and health she has devised and delivered programmes such as ‘Dancing for Health and Wellbeing’(since 2012), ‘Finding your Compass’ (in collaboration with film maker Fiona Geilinger, 2018 – 2012) and ‘Synergy Arts’ (in collaboration with musician Polina Shepherd, 2009 – 2006), which have proven to be beneficial to the participants, and facilitators alike, in their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Building on her interest in anatomy and the moving body, she then continued researching and representing Afro-Brazilian dance and symbology, both in its own right, and linking it with her GYROTONIC® METHOD training (gyrotonic.com), at community and professional levels and in Arts and Health projects.  She currently delivers dance and movement sessions as part of the social prescription programme of HERA (Healing and Expressive Recovery Arts) at the Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre (NHS).

Sara Gregory – How can I take the lead in an arts project in my community?
Sara GregoryWhile raising her four children, Sara became involved in a lot of voluntary work within her local community, and although not from an arts background, used her love of arts activities within those roles.  When the opportunity arose to take a voluntary role in a community led project aimed at both increasing arts involvement and using arts base activities to address inclusion and other social issues in the area, she jumped at the chance and is actively involved both in research and in delivering arts based activities within Hangleton and Knoll.

Sarah Pickthall – What’s stopping you making your workshop inclusive?
Sarah PickthallSarah is consultant and leadership coach with a wealth of experience developing inclusive arts projects through her arts agency cuspinc.org. Based in Brighton but working globally, she sits at the helm of Sync (http://syncleadership.com/sync-leadership-home) – a leadership programme for disabled and D/deaf leaders working across Australia, Canada, Singapore, South Korea.

Sarah is Incessantly curious about ‘what’s inside’ and the spaces that unite and divide us all developing inclusive cultures that ensure engage and develop a diversity of opinions and perspectives across arts, culture and heritage. Her workshops foster deep honest reflection about bias and discrimination, dynamic inclusive thinking and provide real solutions to making what we do reflective and relevant to our society today.

Sarah is Chair of Access All Areas Theatre Company (http://www.accessallareastheatre.org/) and a board member of StopGap Dance Company (https://www.stopgapdance.com/)

Three Score Dance – Dancing & the ageing body – what is the role of older adults?Three Score DanceThree Score Dance (TSD) is a dance organisation which focuses on the older adult. Their  purpose is to enable older adults to create and perform contemporary dance – work that engages, entertains and captures the imagination. With professional choreographers TSD explores the potential for artistic expression by older people through contemporary dance. The organisation aims to change perceptions and expectations about ageing. Intrinsic to TSD is to develop and forge the performance and the participatory element of dance and this is seen in their two independent yet mutually complementing areas of work. For more information please visit https://www.threescoredance.co.uk/

Writing Our Legacy – Diversifying leadership – cultural leadership, trusteeship & governance
Wirting Our LegacyWriting Our Legacy is an organisation whose aim is to raise awareness of the contributions of Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) writers, poets, playwrights and authors born, living or connected to Sussex and the South East.

We employ Mosaic charity’s definition of Black to be ‘Black people’ and ‘mixed-parentage people’ including all those people whose ancestral origins are African, Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, Middle Eastern, North African, Romany, the indigenous peoples of the South Pacific islands, the American continents, Australia and New Zealand.

The organisation was established in April 2012. We run events across Sussex and the South East that showcase emerging and established BME writers and provide professional development and networking opportunities.



Hassan Dervish  
Hassan DervishI am a musical stand-up comedian. A semi-finalist at Amused Moose 2016, a finalist at Comedy Virgins Max Turner Prize 2017, 1st Brighton Fringe Show in May 2018, Quarter Finalist in the Leicester Square Theatre’s New Comedian of the Year Award 2017 and semi-finalist of the musical comedian award 2018.

See some of my work on YouTube 


Project Female
Project FemaleProject Female dance company is a Brighton based organisation created to give young female dancers a variety of unique creative experiences. At the heart of our ethos is  an inclusive non-judgemental environment in which dancers can feel accepted and valued. Through a collaborative creative process we development dance pieces which directly address the issues faced by their generation everyday.  It is a space for them to feel empowered to express themselves through dance. We currently have five dance companies which train weekly in various locations across the city. The piece being performed today is co-created by the dance company Project Fire and addresses the conflict between people’s actions vs their values.

Piece Title: Pretty Little Fears // Artist: 6lack

Sarah Saeed
Sarah SaeedI regularly host Lava Elastic, I came from an acting background since I was very young (played Alice in Alice in Wonderland at Edinburgh Fringe at the age of 9, in choruses of professional shows from around that time too…other kids played out, I rehearsed, took classes, prepared for dance, singing and performance exams, performed, read lots…and obsessively watched comedy) but since my diagnosis I have finally found a way to be myself on stage (because when you get a late diagnosis – Asperger’s in my case, you can finally explore who ‘yourself’ is) so as host for Lava Elastic rather than being the funny one in between acts I am very open at my ‘neurodivergence’ (which began when I was doing the Stealth Aspies show really) and I share my obsession with lights, light fittings and all related stuff…including demonstrating different lights onstage in a kind of ‘neurodivergent show n tell’ I genuinely am deeply sensitive to light, it’s one of my major sensory differences, so I choose to be very open about it now.

Marianna Harlotta is a character comedy creation of performer Sarah Saeed’s, actress, singer and general comedy performer.  ‘La Harlotta’ (as she likes to be called) is an ‘International Diva Extraordinaire’ with a repertoire with a twist.  Sarah is a mezzo soprano herself, so she’s not ‘faking it’ on the singing front,  although La Harlotta is something of a bizarre legend in her own lunchtime.  Songs range from ‘Psycho Killer’ to ‘The Thong Song’ to ‘I am the Walrus’…so quite an unusual repertoire for a classical diva.  The diva also comes complete with stories about performances for dignitaries world-wide, her love of owls (more than humans) and a pretty short fuse…

Prepare for a pretty unique ‘operatic recital’

I performed an outdoor Marianna Harlotta set for Brighton Autistic Prise last year, I’ve also done quite a lot of comedy nights and some small arts and music festivals over the years (pre diagnosis…I put her in semi-retirement while I was re-calibrating my life directions post-dx for a couple of years) I’ve done a couple of barge recitals as her, a lot of Steampunk events (steampunkers really like her) and even a performance at a lovely ‘pirate’ festival on the Isle-of-Wight accompanying a live re-enactment of a beachfront battle with the song ‘The Ace of Spades’ along with my violinist ‘Vladimir Chestikov’.


Esther Freeman – Stroke Association
What does co-production, co-creation, co-design actually look like within communities to ensure than we creatively respond to the challenges that health inequality and social exclusion present? 
Esther Freeman - Stroke AssociationEsther Freeman is passionate about designing inspiring, inclusive, holistic, user lead experiences designed to promote wellbeing.

With a background in design, creative arts education and the third sector she has worked in a wide range of settings, providing opportunities for expression and development. Her roles have included arts educator at Royal Bethlem Hospital, Whitworth Art Gallery, Lecturer in Surface Design for Liverpool John Moores University, Rehabilitation Manager at Blind Veterans UK and she was also a Trustee at Creative Future for many years.

Currently working as Head of Stroke Support at the Stroke Association, Esther is dedicated to raising awareness of the impact of stroke and exploring co-creation in localities to provide support and opportunities for people with long term health conditions. Stroke is one of the greatest health challenges of our time but doesn’t get the attention or funding it deserves. Far too many people don’t understand it or think it’ll ever happen to them.

Jenny Arach
Whose responsibility is to expose BME people in British society to Black and minority ethnic art and culture reflective of their own history and heritage? Is it family or institutions? And should institutions support BME history and culture?
Jenny_Arach_Photo (2).jpgJenny was born in Brighton to English mother and Ugandan father. My writing and art reflects my dual heritage. In the past have contributed written articles and poetry for the newsletter of MOSAIC (Black & mixed parentage family group). I have regularly contributed  at Black History month events in Brighton, Hove, Sussex university and Hastings. I have had poems published in Ink On My Lips (2013) and Hidden Sussex Anthology (2019). Currently I’m focussing on producing different types of artwork that reflect my heritage.

Talking Shop Theme
Who’s responsibility is to expose BME people in British society to Black and minority ethnic art and culture reflective of their own history and heritage? Is it family or institutions? And should institutions support BME history and culture?   My love for my own history, art and culture, was impossible to find at school or in society around me. I have uncovered my own personal history and culture in the correct and authentic context. This has greatly embedded self worth and self confidence in myself as a black woman of mixed heritage in a society where BME people are not viewed as having culture or history or  its seen as borrowed from the dominant white contextual culture/ history.

Karen Poley – KP Projects
How can we change the world?  Sustainability & the arts
Karen Poley.jpgKaren Poley is a Brighton based Creative Producer & Artistic Director creating outdoor arts performances, installations & community engagement projects to reach the widest audiences, interrupt the everyday & engage people in issues around the environment, sustainability, health & well-being.

Current projects including The Bicycle Ballet Company, outdoor touring performances with bicycles, & The Living Coast Undersea Experience a virtual reality exploration of Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone (running from Brighton Marina to Beachy Head).

Outdoor arts reach the widest possible audiences. They interrupt the everyday, create & leave visceral memories in familiar, public spaces.  Karen P uses these ideas & practises, to create & tour engaging works to help encourage positive behaviour change, pro-conservation & sustainable thinking.

Museum for Ordinary People – Lucy Malone
How can we create our own mini museum exhibition?
Museum of Ordinary PeopleThe Museum of Ordinary People celebrates the ripples that ordinary people leave behind, forging connections between different generations and gathering stories behind everyday objects. Exploring and documenting the magic and mundanity of everyday life

We are all about making previously ignored or erased lives visible – the sections of society that have been left out of traditional museum narratives.

We work with local people to creatively explore collections of objects that belong to ordinary people – diaries, documents, love letters photographs and more.

The results of this practice become the exhibits and installations displayed in our ‘pop-up’ museum. Revealing the power and ability of objects to tell ordinary people’s stories. We are all about making visible previously ignored or erased lives – the sections of society that have been left out of traditional museum narratives.

Our first pop-up museum took place at The Spire during the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2018, where we won the Brighton Fringe Visual Arts Award in Association with HOUSE and AOH.

Rifa Thorpe-Tracey
Connecting the dots: How can digital industry connect with the arts?  How can we make more innovative collaborations and connections?
Rifa Thorpe-TraceyRifa is an events organiser, coach, producer and advocate for inclusivity in tech. Rifa launched SheSays Brighton and curates Spring Forward Festival. A former late night radio DJ, she organised and hosted The Story Conference 2019; sits on the board at Marlborough Theatre and previously ran Talent 2018 careers festival for Wired Sussex.

Rifa is the Organisational Lead for Brighton digital festival and also has side hustles in meditation and yoga, as well as co-hosting the Refigure weekly arts podcast. Rifa has mentored creative start-ups such as Cult Milk, Pop Up Brighton and Cannibal Hymns record label. She’s @rifa on Twitter and Instagram.

Rose Kigwana
How can arts organisations engage with their neighbouring communities?
Rose KigwanaRose is Chair of Vincent Dance Theatre and has been a trustee since 2015. Rose is Senior Participation Producer for South East Dance and oversees the strategic and artistic development of their participation programme engaging people all ages from all walks of life in dance so they benefit from the health and social wellbeing as well as enjoy the sheer exhilaration it brings. Rose is currently enjoying leading on some of the design aspects of The Dance Space. Rose has 25 years’ experience as an artist, trainer and arts producer in the UK and internationally with a specialism in children and young people’s participation in the arts. Her career includes working with Arts Council England, Artswork, Southbank Centre and for DFID and VSO in Zimbabwe. Rose started her career with a degree in 3D Design and set up managed her own sustainable furniture design company. She won several awards for her artwork including an Arts Council England grant aged 22 which took her to Uganda for 3 months discovering her birth roots and developing her arts practice.

South East Dance
South East Dance is an arts charity with an office base in Brighton, although we work across South East England and beyond to get more people involved in and excited about dance. Our mission is to touch as many lives as possible with the transformational qualities of dance. We advocate nationally for the value of dance – its impact on health and wellbeing and its ability to bring people together. We support dance artists at all stages of their careers with face-to-face professional development advice, mentoring and support to help their practice thrive.

We inspire local people from all walks of life, encouraging them to take part, watch and cultivate an interest in dance. Many of our participatory programmes promote the health and wellbeing benefits of dance for vulnerable groups including disadvantaged young people, older people at risk of falls, those with dementia and people recovering from substance misuse. We instigate conversations about the future of dance in changing times, exploring subjects such as equality and accessibility as well as responding to the global concerns that affect us all.

In 2018/19 more than 86,756 people connected with our work – live and digitally. We presented 48 performances engaging live audiences of over 7,878 people, we supported the development of 663 artists from the UK and overseas and we provided opportunities for over 14,000 individuals to participate in our dance workshops and classes.

Writing Our Legacy
Wirting Our LegacyWriting Our Legacy is an organisation whose aim is to raise awareness of the contributions of Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) writers, poets, playwrights and authors born, living or connected to Sussex and the South East.

We employ Mosaic charity’s definition of Black to be ‘Black people’ and ‘mixed-parentage people’ including all those people whose ancestral origins are African, Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, Middle Eastern, North African, Romany, the indigenous peoples of the South Pacific islands, the American continents, Australia and New Zealand.

The organisation was established in April 2012. We run events across Sussex and the South East that showcase emerging and established BME writers and provide professional development and networking opportunities.