CAKE: Exploring Diversity, Connecting Creativity

CAKE: Exploring Diversity, Connecting Creativity


Date: Thursday 8 July 2021

Time: 10:00 - 11:30am

Location: Online

Event type: Creative Fuse: CAKE

Would you like to explore the different perspectives on how to achieve diversity and inclusion in everyday business practices?

Our next CAKE event takes place on Thursday 8 July where we will be joined by an inspiring panel of speakers, each providing their own insights into delivering inclusive projects in the creative industries, along with practical tips on how to innovate when designing products and services.

Following the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity to take part in breakout conversations with like-minded peers. Together we will:

  • Highlight the importance and benefits of achieving better inclusivity
  • Discuss ways to move towards a more inclusive workforce
  • Share ideas on how the creative sector can embrace and celebrate diversity

We’re pleased to confirm the speakers below will be joining the panel, with more to be announced in due course – watch this space!

Sarah Perks, Professor, MIMA

Sarah Perks is an interdisciplinary curator, academic, consultant and writer. She is Professor of MIMA School of Art & Design and Head of Art & Design at Teesside University, England. One of Creative Review’s 50 Creative Leaders in 2017, Sarah has led major participation, performance and curatorial projects with international artists including Rosa Barba, Phil Collins, David Lynch, Rachel Maclean, Noorafshan Mirza & Brad Butler and Qasim Riza Shaheen.

Sarah has published over twenty essays and books across critical and creative writing, most recently Artists Moving Image in Britain Since 1989 (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art & Yale University Press, 2019). Sarah is also senior researcher and co-curator of Asia Triennial Manchester (ATM) and last year established the first online school of art for a mental health care and social organisation, Turning Point School of Art. Sarah is also chair of Islington Mill Foundation (Salford), a trustee of Alchemy Film & Arts (Hawick, Scotland), editor of the Engage Journal (the international journal of visual art and gallery education), business advisor for Prosper North and Programme Advisor (Artist Moving Image) for the BFI London Film Festival.

Simon McKeown, Reader, School of Computing, Media and Arts at Teesside University

Simon McKeown is a Reader in the School of Computing, Media and the Arts at Teesside University. He is an active researcher involved in digital practice and culture, having worked at a senior level in both the broadcast and computer games sector and was excited to join the Creative Fuse team as a creative digital expert.

As a fine artist, he is renowned for his work in disability art. He exhibits internationally, including at DOX Centre for Contemporary Arts in Prague, creating work which seeks to challenge the cultural presentation of disability.

He has creative performative works with Graeae Theatre in London and Las Fura dels Baus of Catalonia. He most recently closed the city centre of Cork, Ireland, for a large-scale outdoor performance, which formed the culmination of Culture Night, Ireland.

As well as working internationally, he is very active regionally, and is voluntary director and trustee for Platform Arts, one of the region’s most exciting artist and craft-based studios.

Is this event for you?

Whatever your professional background, this event is designed to support potential by inspiring new conversations and allowing introductions to take place that will enable collaboration.

The event will take place on Zoom, the video conferencing platform. You don’t need to have an account but we recommend that you sign up for a free account and use the desktop program.


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