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.


Hassan Mahamdallie
Reflecting on the Creative Case – Hassan will discuss whether or not it has made a difference, where has it succeeded, where has it failed and what challenges the Arts Council England’s Inclusion era will bring, in the next ten years?
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 Ricardo Peach
The Vrystaat Arts Festival in Bloemfontein, South Africa, originated as a festival to preserve Afrikaans culture. Ricardo presents a case study of how the adoption of an effective inclusion strategy evolved to support and feature many other languages and cultures.
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.


Amy Zamarripa Solis & Fabia Bates 
Diversifying leadership – cultural leadership, trusteeship & governance.

Amy Zamarripa SolisFabia Bates

Amy Zamarripa Solis is a producer, writer and artist. She is Director of This Too Is Real, an arts production and management company, specialising in arts, culture, heritage and diversity.  Amy’s latest projects include Constructed Geographies, a touring exhibition of Sussex visual artists (2018-19) and No Place Like Home, an exploration into childhood home and its loss, starting with her own Mexican-American community in Austin Texas, ¡La Cultura No Se Vende! (Our Culture is Not For Sale!).  She is also founder and Chair of Writing Our Legacy, a literature organisation focused on supporting Black and ethnic minority writers and writing in Sussex and South East of England. She is on the Board of AudioActive, Disability Arts Online and New Writing South. https://www.thistooisreal.co.uk/

Fabia Bates is the Sector Support Manager at Community Works, the local membership organisation for the voluntary and community sector. She has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years as well as being a trustee for 10 of those years.

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.

Dr Gil Mualem-Doron
How can artists take the lead in socially engaged practice & creative spaces?
Gil DoronDr 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 & Lydia Heath 
Building links between communities – Deaf & Hearing
Louise GibsonLydia Heath

Louise 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 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.

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 Dance DancersThree 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/


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 & Rachel Gibson
How can arts organisations engage with their neighbouring communities?
Rose KigwanaRachel Gibson
Rose 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 of 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 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.

Rachel Gibson began her arts management career working as an administrator & programme manager in venues including The Place and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. She was Principal Dance Officer at London Arts Board in the mid-1990s & Senior Dance Officer, then Interim Director Dance Strategy at Arts Council England 2005-07. She spent over 20 years as a freelance consultant, working with a wide range of dance companies and organisations including Birmingham Hippodrome, Candoco Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells, The Point & Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Before joining South East Dance, Rachel was Interim Executive Director at English National Ballet School.

Museum of Ordinary People – Lucy Malone
How can we represent a broader range of narratives in museum culture?
MOOP Lucy MaloneThe 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.

Nike Jonah
Popchange:  How can we change how we see migration & displacement in the arts?
Nike JonahNike has various roles in the cultural sectorShe’s currently the lead for a Pop Culture and Social Change initiative called Popchange an experimental project (2018 – 2022) in which Counterpoints Arts advances the public understanding and appreciation of migrants and refugees in the UK using the power of popular culture. The programme explores the broad topic of migration for audiences in the popular culture space. As a starting point, the focus is on Football, Fashion, Comedy and Gaming.  Nike is also currently, a Visiting Research Fellow at Central School of Speech and Drama, 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.

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.

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 it 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? 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.  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.

Sarah Perryman
What is an ‘open access’ festival and how can I take part?
Sarah PerrymanSarah is the Head of Operations & Development at Brighton Fringe, England’s largest open access arts festival. She previously held the positions of Participation & Development Manager and Arts Industry Coordinator. Sarah started her career as a performer, before moving into Arts Marketing and administration. She has worked as a Stage Manager, a Production Manager, Tour Manager and Front of House Manager. Sarah was a freelance theatre producer for 10 years, taking shows to Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes as well as touring nationally and internationally. She is passionate about making the arts accessible to everyone, whether as participants, audience members or artists.


Akila Richards
Akila photo.jpgAkila is a published writer, poet and spoken word artist. Some of her writing gives voice to the Black German experience. Her performances and readings take place in a variety of artistic, cultural and community settings. Her collaboration with other artistic genres of film, digital and visual art have led to a variety of opportunities and experimentation. Her involvement in theatre also led her to adapt a short story into a theatre play. Furthermore her collaboration in ‘Constructed Geographies’ with fellow artists led to tour in Sussex galleries, in which she exhibited printed poems on clothes and textiles.

Penguin published Akila’s first short story Eleven Years in an anthology of mixed race experiences 2008. Her first published poem Red Saviour was published in the RED anthology by Peepal Tree Press in 2010, followed by a national tour. Her anthology project with a writers group of diverse women resulted in a publication by Waterloo Press in 2013 Ink On My Lips, of short stories, poetry alongside created images. Peepal Tree Press published her latest short story ‘Secret Chamber’ in the Closure anthology in 2015 and she received an award for her poetry Stifled Life. Her latest poems were published in Filigree of Black British Contemporary Poetry in Nov 2018 by Peepal Tree Press.

Akila took part in international opportunities in Liberia, Saint Lucia, Brighton Festival, Gambia and Berlin. Akila is an accredited creative coach and currently works as a mentor with a local publisher – Waterloo Press and her LITUP company – supporting emerging poets to be published for the first time for pamphlets or collections.

Donna Close
Donna CloseDonna is a creative director and cultural strategist who has worked across the private and public, commercial and cultural sectors. A festivals specialist, Donna develops strategy and creative programmes working in the UK and across the world. She believes that festivals are ‘the extreme sports of the arts ‘and a way of engaging with a much broader range of people in a variety of different ways. She led the award-winning arts festival White Night that presented immersive novel experiences for ‘one night only’ and through this developed an interest in the way that tech can help artists create new types of art – and the opportunity this might provide to diversify the talent pool and transform the audience experience. Since then she has been exploring this through developing new partnerships, programmes of events, exhibitions and artist laboratories exploring arts and tech in Brighton and the UK.  Donna is also a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Brighton.

Marina Norris
Marina NorrisMarina has over 25 years of experience of working in arts & culture, across private, public and voluntary sectors. She is a freelance Consultant, a Director of DDJ; a cultural recruitment business based in The Netherlands and works part-time for South East Creatives; a business support programme for creative businesses. Currently she is also Interim p/t Exec Director for Brighton Peoples Theatre. As a consultant she has led organisational reviews, undertaken interim leadership roles, supported creative entrepreneurs and redesigned national cultural programmes. Her freelance clients have included; Help Musicians UK, HOME Slough (Creative People & Places), Deutsche Bank, East Sussex County Council, National Literacy Trust. She spent 10 years in Senior Management at Arts Council England South East during her time at ACE she led the South East regions involvement in the Cultural Olympiad 2012, and cross-cutting agendas including Private Giving, Internationalism, Diversity, Children and Young People. She is an Associate Tutor at the ICCE unit at Goldsmiths Uni and a Trustee of Brighton Dome and Festival.

Nicola Benge
Nicola BengeNicola is the Creative Director of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage. She has extensive experience in this field and works in partnership with organisations including Fabrica gallery, Jewish Care, University of Brighton and more. Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is a community interest company. We focus on creatively exploring people’s life stories and local memories through projects with diverse outcomes. We do this through funded activities, exhibitions, books, reminiscence and oral history, heritage, arts and crafts, and more strategically with: Audience development, evaluation, learning plans and schools’ engagement. We offer training, consultancy, partnerships, and studio space.  We deliver projects, activities and support for venues, arts organisations, educational settings and local authorities, engaging groups including older people, intergenerational participants, children and clients in creative and heritage activities.

Nikki Froneman
Nikki FronemanNikki Froneman is an arts producer & artist manager. She is the Managing Director of Arte Viva Management, a Cape Town-based boutique artist and arts management agency.  Arte Viva represents some 100 professional performing artists: actors, dancers, vocalists & musicians; and also specialises in projects, particularly tour management for incoming international & outgoing SA / African music artists (notably for Jazz, African and World music) and theatre / dance.