University Women in the Arts, the new scheme for female students studying arts subjects at Universities across the UK, has announced its first public event.
This will be an In Conversation event with Kate Rowland, founder of BBC Writersroom, the BBC’s new writing department, and the former Creative Director of New Writing at the BBC.
Kate Rowland, will be In Conversation with Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts and Course Leader of the new MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Matins.
The free event is open to all and will take place on July 7th at 4pm at Central Saint Martins as part of this year’s London Writers’ Week.
Other mentors who are a part of University Women in the Arts, which brings together 15 of the women who have led the way in the arts in the UK, include Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet, Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin Books, Charlotte Higgins, chief culture writer at The Guardian, film producer (including of the Harry Potter films) Tanya Seghatchian and historian, columnist and presenter Amanada Foreman, who recently presented the BBC series The Ascent of Women.
The scheme aims to address the fact that more women study arts subjects at University level but less women work in the arts, particularly in artistic and leadership roles, for example over 70% of students at the University of the Arts London, Europe’s largest arts University, are female but only around 30% of professional writers and artists are female according to recent Tonic Theatre, British Theatre Consortium and UAL figures.
University Women in the Arts has also announced a new partnership with Oberon Books, who will publish “Women in the Arts”, a new book with interviews with each of the 15 mentors as a permanent legacy for the project, and who join other partners the Women of the Future Programme, Tonic Theatre, Writers at Work Productions and the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins on supporting the scheme.
Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, said: “University Women in the Arts brings together 15 of the women who have led the way in the arts in the UK. We are looking forward to providing access to these women via these 15 free public sessions, where the mentors will discuss their careers, the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them and offer advice to any women wanting to work in the arts. We also delighted with our new partnership with Oberon Books – the book “Women in the Arts” will provide an important legacy meaning that, even if you can’t attend the public events, you can access the advice of 15 women who are leading the way in the arts in the UK for the first time”.
In addition to the free public sessions, which are open to all, University Women in the Arts has also selected 15 female talented University students form a nationwide search who will receive private advice and mentoring from the 15 mentors over the course of the next year as well.
For more information on University Women in the Arts please go to: www.universitywomeninthearts.com
To book free tickets to the first University Women in the Arts event please go to: www.londonwritersweek-universitywomeninthearts.eventbrite.co.uk