Monthly Archives: November 2017

University Women In The Arts Releases Guidelines For Universities To Help Address Abuse And Bullying In The Arts Industry

University Women in the Arts, the mentoring scheme to help improve the transition for women from studying the arts to working in the arts, has released guidelines for universities to help address bullying and abuse in the arts industry.

 

The guidelines were drawn up at the Hampstead Theatre, as part of a University Women in the Arts event run in partnership with Sphinx Theatre Company, earlier this month.

 

The guidelines contain suggestions by female arts students from across the UK on the role universities could play in helping to eradicate bullying and harassment in the arts, as well as helping to prepare students better for entering the arts industry.

 

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, said: “Our University Women in the Arts event at the Hampstead Theatre with Sphinx Theatre Company took place shortly after the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. As such, it felt important to use the opportunity to discuss this issue with the female arts students in attendance and we were proud to see their passion to draw up these guidelines to help universities better address and help eradicate bullying and harassment in the arts. We hope universities, drama schools and other educational institutions will find these suggestions from female arts students across the UK useful”.

 

University Women in the Arts was set up to address the fact that more women study the arts but less women work in the arts in the UK, particularly in artistic and leadership roles. For example, UCAS figures show that, in 2016, 63% of all students studying the arts were female. However, Tonic Theatre, British Theatre Consortium, Freelands Foundation and other recent research shows only around 30% of professional playwrights, directors and artists are female.

 

The University Women in the Arts scheme is also becoming a part of the new company Art School, which is being set up to help support the arts industry and education sector to work together to improve and protect arts education. Writer, producer and mentor Titilola Dawudu, who is currently on the Artistic Director Leadership Programme’s “Leaders of Tomorrow” programme, will become Deputy Director of University Women in the Arts, supported by Assistant Producers Rachel Coombe, Samia Dijilli and Sarah Dutton to ensure the long term future of the scheme.

 

Art School is currently running its first initiative, a year long series of events to bring together and provide access to work leading the way in terms of art education in the UK from the arts industry and education sector. Art School’s second event takes place on November 29th and Titilola Dawudu will speak at a forthcoming event – more information is available at: www.artschool.space

 

The Guidelines for Universities to Address Bullying and Harassment in the Arts Industry are available at:  Suggestions For Universities – University Women in the Arts

 

For more information on the University Women in the Arts scheme in general and to join the mailing list to be kept informed of future events please go to: www.universitywomeninthearts.com

University Women In The Arts And Sphinx Theatre Company To Offer Advice To Female Arts Students On Dealing With Harassment And Bullying After Recent Weinstein Case

University Women in the Arts and Sphinx Theatre Company will offer free advice to female arts students on how to deal with bullying and harassment in the arts industry, following the recent case involving film producer Harvey Weinstein.

 

The advice will be part of University Women in the Arts and Sphinx’s joint event at the Hampstead Theatre on November 4th.

 

The event will also offer advice to any woman wanting to work in the arts on managing their career and making their way in the arts industry.

 

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts said: “The recent cases involving Harvey Weinstein and others have shone a light on abuse and harassment taking place in the arts industry. Many of these cases have involved women beginning their careers in the arts industry. As such, we wan to use our November 4th event with Sphinx Theatre Company to offer advice on how to deal with, and eliminate, bullying and harassment in the arts industry, as well as offering more general advice to women wanting to work in the arts”.

 

There will also be a special small group session at 1pm for female arts students or recent graduates who would like to be involved in drawing up a code for universities across the UK to use to mentor female arts students on how to deal with bullying and harassment in the arts industry.

 

Female arts students who would like to be part of the session to draw up the code of conduct can sign up here:

 

To book free tickets to the public In Conversation event with Sphinx Theatre Company, who will offer advice on dealing with harassment and bullying in the arts as well as more general advice for women wanting in the arts please go to: www.universitywomeninthearts-sueparrish.eventbrite.co.uk

 

The one off University Women in the Arts scheme was set up to address why more women study the arts but less women work in the arts, particularly in artistic and leadership roles. Last year’s UCAS figures showed 63% of arts students in the UK were female, but Tonic Theatre, British Theatre Consortium and Freeland Foundation figures have shown only around 30% of female playwrights, directors and artists are female.

 

Other University Women in the Arts mentors include Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet, Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre and founder of the Women of the World Festival, Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin Books, Amanda Foreman, academic, writer and presenter of the BBC series “The Ascent of Women”, Kate Rowland, founder of BBC Writersroom and the former Creative Director of New Writing at the BBC, Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom, Kate Bryan, presenter of “The Art Show”, “Portrait Artist of the Year” and “Landscape Artist of the Year”, Lucy Kerbel, founder of Tonic Theatre, Pinky Lilani, founder of the Women of the Future programme, and others.

 

For more information on the University Women in the Arts scheme in general and to join the mailing list to be kept informed of future events please go to: www.universitywomeninthearts.com