University Women In The Arts Announces New Partnership With Sphinx Theatre Company

University Women In The Arts Announces New Partnership With Sphinx Theatre Company

University Women in the Arts has announced a new partnership with Sphinx Theatre Company who will be joining the project as one of the project’s partners and supporters.

 

The new partnership will include a special University Women in the Arts event with Artistic Director of Sphinx Theatre Company Sue Parrish, who will also be joining the project as one of the 16 women leading the way in the arts in the UK who have agreed to be mentors.

 

The University Women in the Arts event will take place on Saturday November 4th at 11am – 12pm at the Hampstead Theatre Studio.

 

Tickets are free and the event is open to any female arts student or woman wanting to work in the arts.

 

Sue will offer advice to women wanting to work in the arts and discuss the future of a diverse cultural landscape.

 

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sphinx Theatre Company and Sue Parrish. Sphinx has led the way in the UK in terms of advocating for women in theatre for over 40 years and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with them to provide access to advice for women wanting to work in the arts and address why more women study the arts but less women work in the arts”.

 

Sue Parrish, Artistic Director of Sphinx Theatre Company said: “I am delighted to be given this great opportunity to discuss women’s representation with new members of the artistic community and to join such a super band of colleagues.”

 

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 Writerroom, 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.

 

Free tickets to the event can be booked at: https://universitywomeninthearts-sueparrish.eventbrite.co.uk

 

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 Announces International Women’s Day Event For Female Students Across The UK

University Women in the Arts has announced a day long International Women’s Day event for female students wanting to work in the arts in the UK.

 

The free event will take place from 3 – 8pm on March 2nd, offering students a chance to benefit from the advice of some of the women leading the way in the arts in the UK.

 

Speakers include Pinky Lilani, founder of the Women of the Future Programme, the Women of the Future Awards and Asian Woman of Achievement Awards, Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts and founder of London Writers’ Week and The Student Guide to Writing series and Course Leader of Central Saint Martins’ first creative writing degree, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, one of the UK’s leading scriptwriting courses, and a speaker from the Women’s Equality Party, amongst other leading women.

 

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts said: “We are delighted to be holding a day long event for International Women’s Day. We hope female students from across the UK will be able to attend the event and benefit from the advice of four women who have led the way in the arts all in one day. The event is free as it is important to address why so many more women study the arts but less women work in the arts and we hope the opportunity to listen to the speaker’s career paths, the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them and their advice for women wanting to work in the arts will be a start to addressing this”.

 

Pinkly Lilani, founder of the Women of the Future Programme, said: “On the occasion of International Women’s Day we are delighted to be partnering with University Women in the Arts, to inspire women in the arts by providing a platform for successful women. It is imperative that we help students to hear stories of success by making role models visible. We hope our collaborative engagement will influence the next generation to fly even higher.”

 

Free tickets can be booked at: https://universitywomeninthearts-internationalwomensday.eventbrite.co.uk

 

The International Women’s Day event is supported by WhatsonStage and the Women’s Equality Party.

 

University Women in the Arts is running in partnership with the Women of the Future Programme, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, Writers at Work Productions, and in association with Tonic Theatre.

 

The scheme is inspired by the fact that many more women study the arts in the UK (for example over 70% of students at the University of the Arts London, Europe’s largest arts University, are female) but less women work in the arts, particularly in artistic and leadership roles. According to recent British Theatre Consortium figures, only 30% of professional playwrights are women and according to recent UAL figures, only 30% of professional artists in galleries in London are female.

 

Other University Women in the Arts mentors include Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet, Jude Kelly, founder of the WOW Festivals and Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin Books, Charlotte Higgins, Chief Culture Writer at The Guardian, Kate Bryan, art historian, presenter and former Director of The Fine Art Society, Elizabeth Freestone, Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre Company, Tanya Seghatchian, film producer, Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, and historian, columnist and presenter Amanda Foreman.

 

University Women is also currently running a mentoring competition for women who wants to run arts business with fashion company TOAST – five students will received six months mentoring from the company and the competition can be applied for here: https://universitywomeninthearts.wufoo.com/forms/z5rfh0r18gfqq3/

 

 

For more information 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 Toast Mentoring Competition Announced

 

University Women in the Arts and the lifestyle brand TOAST have announced details of a new mentoring competition for female students studying the arts at universities across the UK.

 

Suzie de Rohan Willner, speaking at a University Women in the Arts event on the evening of February 2nd, announced the competition for foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate female students studying any arts subject.

 

Suzie de Rohan Willner, CEO of TOAST said: “I have had the opportunity to work with some outstanding individuals who I have learnt invaluable skills from. At TOAST, we are building a pool of exceptional creative talent with visionary, playful and creative skills ideal for helping others to flourish. We are passionate about nurturing talent in the hope that they might go on to inspire others and become the leaders needed for the future.”

 

Five students will be selected to spend a day at TOAST and receive ongoing mentoring from the TOAST team. They will gain an insight into how to run a business and become a female leader.

 

 

Students have until midnight on March 15th to apply.

 

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, said: “We are delighted to be launching this joint competition with TOAST. Suzie de Rohan Willner is an inspirational female CEO in the fashion industry, and one of the few female CEOs in the industry, and we hope to offer the opportunity for female students interested in achieving a similar position to receive advice and mentoring from TOAST to help them further that goal”.

 

Female students can apply at: https://universitywomeninthearts.wufoo.com/forms/z5rfh0r18gfqq3/

 

University Women in the Arts is running in partnership with the Women of the Future Programme, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, Writers at Work Productions, Oberon Books and in association with Tonic Theatre.

 

The scheme is inspired by the fact that many more women study the arts in the UK (for example 74% of students at the University of the Arts London, Europe’s largest arts University, are female) but less women work in the arts, particularly in artistic and leadership roles. According to recent British Theatre Consortium figures, only 30% of professional playwrights are women and according to recent UAL figures, only 30% of professional artists in galleries in London are female.

 

Other University Women in the Arts mentors include Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet, Jude Kelly, founder of the WOW Festivals and Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin Books, Charlotte Higgins, Chief Culture Writer at The Guardian, Kate Bryan, art historian, presenter and former Director of The Fine Art Society, Elizabeth Freestone, Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre Company, Tanya Seghatchian, film producer, Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre and historian, columnist and presenter Amanda Foreman.

 

 

The joint competition between University Women in the Arts London and TOAST is supported by Careers and Employability at the University of the Arts London.

 

 

For more information and to join the mailing list to be kept informed of future events please go to: www.universitywomeninthearts.com

 

University Women In The Arts – Event Four Announced With Suzie De Rohan Willner, CEO Of Toast

The next University Women in the Arts public event has been announced: ‘In Conversation’ with Suzie de Rohan Willner, CEO of lifestyle brand TOAST, on February 2nd at 6pm.

 

Suzie is one of 15 women who has been selected to take part in the one off scheme ‘University Women in the Arts’ to impart her knowledge and advice on how to lead the way as a woman in this sector.

 

The event is particularly targeted at female students studying arts subjects at universities across the UK but is open to anyone who would like access to Suzie’s advice.

 

During the event, TOAST and University Women in the Arts will announce a new competition for female students. Further details will be revealed on the night.

 

The free event can be booked at: https://universitywomeninthearts-suziederohanwillner.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, said: “We are delighted to be working with Suzie de Rohan Willner, CEO of TOAST, on our fourth University Women in the Arts event. I think one of the key points of interest will be looking at why so many women study the arts, but decide against pursuing it as a career, particularly when it comes to leadership roles. Suzie will be able to share her experience on the progression she has made, how she has achieved her successes, and the challenges and obstacles faced over the course of her career.”

 

Suzie de Rohan Willner, CEO of TOAST said: “At TOAST, we celebrate thoughtful creative women and so it’s a great honour to be invited to speak with young women looking to progress their careers in such an inspiring, dynamic industry. The scheme has recognised the challenges faced by women to secure senior roles in the arts, but I hope to empower the next generation to strive for these positions by sharing my own experiences.”

 

University Women in the Arts is running in partnership with the Women of the Future Programme, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, Writers at Work Productions, Oberon Books and in association with Tonic Theatre.

 

The scheme is inspired by the fact that many more women study the arts in the UK (for example 74% of students at the University of the Arts London, Europe’s largest arts University, are female) but less women work in the arts, particularly in artistic and leadership roles. According to recent British Theatre Consortium figures, only 30% of professional playwrights are women and according to recent UAL figures, only 30% of professional artists in galleries in London are female.

 

Other University Women in the Arts mentors include Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet, Jude Kelly, founder of the WOW Festivals and Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin Books, Charlotte Higgins, Chief Culture Writer at The Guardian, Kate Bryan, art historian, presenter and former Director of The Fine Art Society, Elizabeth Freestone, Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre Company, Tanya Seghatchian, film producer, Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre and historian, columnist and presenter Amanda Foreman.

 

For more information and to join the mailing list to be kept informed of future events please go to: www.universitywomeninthearts.com

 

University Women In The Arts – Event Three Announced With Anne Edyvean, Head Of BBC Writersroom

The third University Women in the Arts public event has been announced.

 

Taking place on November 9th at 6pm, this will be an In Conversation event with Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom, the BBC’s new writing department.

 

Anne is one of 15 women leading the way in the arts in the UK taking part in the one off scheme University Women in the Arts in order to provide access to their advice for women wanting to work in the arts across the UK.

 

The free event can be booked at: http://universitywomeninthearts-anneedyvean.eventbrite.co.uk

 

The event is particularly targeted at female students studying arts subjects at Universities across the UK but is open to anyone who would like access to these women’s advice.

 

Other University Women in the Arts mentors include Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet, Jude Kelly, founder of the WOW Festivals and Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin Books, Charlotte Higgins, Chief Culture Writer at The Guardian, Suzie de Rohan Willner, CEO of TOAST, Kate Bryan, art historian, presenter and former Director of The Fine Art Society, Elizabeth Freestone, Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre Company, Tanya Seghatchian, film producer, Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre and historian, columnist and presenter Amanda Foreman.

 

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, said: “We are looking forward to our University Women in the Arts event with Anne Edyvean. The first two University Women in the Arts events with the mentors have both sold out in less than a week and we hope Anne’s session will similarly provide a useful and free opportunity for women to learn about Anne’s career, the challenges and blessings she has faced and how she has overcome and embraced them, and receive advice on working in the arts. I think one of the problems for women in the arts has been a lack of access to advice and roles models for how to manage their careers – we hope this year long scheme will provide the opportunity to get advice from 15 women leading the way in the arts in the UK and discover what they have learnt over the course of their careers.”

 

University Women in the Arts is a one off scheme, being run in partnership with the Women of the Future Programme, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, Writers at Work Productions, Oberon Books and in association with Tonic Theatre.

 

The scheme is inspired by the fact that many more women study the arts in the UK (for example 74% of students at the University of the Arts London, Europe’s largest arts University, are female) but less women work in the arts, particularly in artistic and leadership role (for example according to recent British Theatre Consortium figures only 30% of professional playwrights are women and according to recent UAL figures only 30% of professional artists in galleries in London are female).

 

A companion publication to collect and expand on the events will be published by Oberon Books at the end of the year

 

For more information and to join the mailing list to be kept informed of future events please go to: www.universitywomeninthearts.com

University Women In The Arts – Event Two Announced With Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director Of The Royal Court Theatre

The second University Women in the Arts public event has been announced.

 

Taking place on 18th August at 4pm at the Royal Court Theatre, this will be an In Conversation event with Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre.

 

Vicky is one of 15 women leading the way in the arts in the UK taking part in the one off scheme University Women in the Arts in order to provide access to their advice for women wanting to work in the arts across the UK.

 

The free event can be booked at: http://universitywomeninthearts-vickyfeatherstone.eventbrite.co.uk

 

The event is particularly targeted at female students studying arts subjects at Universities across the UK but is open to anyone who would like access to these women’s advice.

 

Other University Women in the Arts mentors include Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet, Jude Kelly, founder of the WOW Festivals and Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin Books, Charlotte Higgins, Chief Culture Writer at The Guardian, Suzie de Rohan Willner, CEO of TOAST, Kate Bryan, art historian, presenter and former Director of The Fine Art Society, Elizabeth Freestone, Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre Company, Tanya Seghatchian, film producer, historian, columinist and presenter Amanada Foreman and Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writetrsroom.

 

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, said: “We are looking forward to our University Women in the Arts event with Vicky Featherstone. This will be a chance for women to learn about Vicky’s career, the challenges she has faced and how she has overcome them, and receive advice on working in the arts. I think one of the problems for women in the arts has been a lack of advice for how to manage their careers – we hope this year long scheme will provide the opportunity to get advice from 15 women leading the way in the arts in the UK and discover what they have learnt over the course of their careers.”

 

University Women in the Arts is a one off scheme, being run in partnership with the Women of the Future Programme, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, Writers at Work Productions, Oberon Books and in association with Tonic Theatre.

 

The scheme is inspired by the fact that many more women study the arts in the UK (for example 74% of students at the University of the Arts London, Europe’s largest arts University, are female) but less women work in the arts, particularly in artistic and leadership role (for example according to recent British Theatre Consortium figures only 30% of professional playwrights are women and according to recent UAL figures only 30% of professional artists in galleries in London are female).

 

A companion publication to collect and expand on the events will be published by Oberon Books at the end of the year

 

For more information and to join the mailing list to be kept informed of future events please go to: www.universitywomeninthearts.com

 

University Women In The Arts Announces First Public Event And New Partnership With Oberon Books

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

 

Highly Commended Students

University Women in the Arts: Highly Commended students

In addition to the selected students, the judges would like to congratulate the following 30 students on being Highly Commended for University Women in the Arts:

  1. Jade French
  1. Panayiota Pantelli
  1. Hanna Wilksinson
  1. Emma McGordon
  1. Victoria Leslie
  1. Naomi Gregory
  1. Micah McKay
  1. Sarah Hill
  1. Sandhyo Kaffo
  1. Yasmin Ali
  1. Eleanor Herzog
  1. Emer Dineen
  1. Aimee Gaston
  1. Beatrice Galletley
  1. Mabel Wattam
  1. Natasha Sutton Williams
  1. Ottilee Thonrhill
  1. Ellen Renton
  1. Rachel Tookey
  1. Emily Bickerdike
  1. Elizabeth Edevane
  1. Abigail Holsborough
  1. Selina Borji
  1. Tina Jay
  1. Maria Pullicino
  1. Hannah Greenstreet
  1. Suzanne Alleyne
  1. Josephine Langdon
  1. Laura Topham
  1. Grace Courtney

Many thanks to everyone who entered University Women in the Arts – the standard of entries was extremely high and we hope all of the entrants will attend the public events to still benefit from the mentors advice. To receive regular updates on the public events, please sign up to our mailing list.

Winners Announcement

UNIVERSITY WOMEN IN THE ARTS ANNOUNCES FEMALE STUDENTS SELECTED FOR MENTORING

 

University Women in the Arts, the new scheme for female students studying the arts at Universities across the UK, has announced the 15 women selected to be mentored over the course of the next year.

15 students will be offered the opportunity to attend mentoring sessions with 15 of the women who are leading the way in the arts in the UK over the course of the next year, in addition to public events with the mentors.

The scheme is designed to address why more women study the arts but less women work in the arts, for example at the University of the Arts London over 70% of students are female but only around 30% of professional artists across all art forms are female.

The 15 selected students are:

  1. Zoe Bailey, Bath Spa University, who is also Sales Manager for Bath Festivals and works as an Associate Director at Bath Theatre.
  1. Alice Brazil Burns, Warwick University, who was awarded the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme Bursary from the Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies Department at the University of Warwick and is a recipient of the Outstanding Achiever Award from the Almeida Theatre.
  1. Eleanor Colville, Cambridge University, who created an all female Smoker for the Footlights at Cambridge University
  1. Alice Evans, Chelsea College of Art, who experiences schizophrenia and is pursuing a PHD in Fine Art Film
  1. Jennifer Davidson, Bolton University, who studies for a PHD whilst looking after three small children
  1. Titilola Ige, Central Saint Martins, who runs her own charity Reaching Higher, helping young people, in addition to writing and producing
  1. Helena Jackson, Oxford University, who is President of the Oxford University Dramatic Society
  1. Vanessa Kang, The Open University, who dances with Rambert
  1. Alys Key, Oxford University/City University, who was the Editor of The Oxford Student Newspaper and won the Philip Geddes Prize for student journalism
  1. Catherine Milne, Central Saint Martins, who is the former Head of Development for Lynda La Plante’s production company before taking a break to have children
  1. Daniela Monasterios, London College of Fashion, whose company Mash- Up has collaborated with Top Shop amongst others in Singapore
  1. Katherine Press, Falmouth University, who was also President of the Marlowe Society at Cambridge University
  1. Maria Roberts, Manchester Metropolitan University, who is an author and won best Personal Blog at the Manchester Literature Festival amongst other achievements
  1. Gretha Viana, Central Saint Martins, an Emmy nominated producer from Brazil who is now trying to become a writer in the UK
  1. Jingan Young, Kings College London, who runs an unfunded company Pokfulam Road Productions as well as pursuing her PHD

A list of highly commended students from across the UK is also available on the University Women in the Arts website.

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts and Course Leader of the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins said: “We were delighted to receive entries from female students studying arts subjects at Universities across the UK – from Glasgow to Bournemouth, from Edinburgh to Bristol, from Salford, Bolton, Manchester, Bristol, London, Kent, Norwich, Leeds, York, Coventry and many other locations.

The 15 female students selected are studying a wide range of arts subjects and we hope the mentoring with the 15 mentors will provide them with advice to equip them to become part of the next generation of female leaders in the arts. More women study arts courses in the UK but less women work in the arts and we hope this scheme, plus the public events which will be open to all, will be a first step to addressing this discrepancy and looking at how we can improve the talent pipeline and make sure more women progress throughout their careers in the arts by providing advice and guidance at right at the start of careers.”

Lucy Kerbel, Director of Tonic Theatre, which the scheme is being run in association with, said: “University Women in the Arts felt to me like a really good, practical way in which some of the imbalances in the trajectories of male and female arts graduates could be addressed. While there is no one silver bullet that will solve everything, mentoring is an important part of the puzzle and so it’s great that University Women in the Arts is doing what it is.

I think this scheme is a brilliant idea. Young women who are keen to build careers in the arts often have to look harder for role models than their male counterparts. Consequently, a programme such as this which connects female students with trailblazing women is hugely valuable because it makes it all the easier for them to visualise themselves in top roles. Furthermore, hearing in detail how these women have achieved the success they have, and being able to begin to translate that to their own artistic and professional journeys is something that could make all the difference to a young woman when navigating the tricky initial steps into her career in the arts.”

Pinkly Lilani CBE, founder of the Women of the Future Programme, the other partner on the scheme said: “The University Women in the Arts scheme is a fantastic opportunity for women to succeed in the arts world. We need more women leaders in this field and mentoring is a way of helping them reach the top. The inspirational women who have agreed to be mentors will make a huge difference in the career of young students. Collaborating with Central Saint Martins and Tonic Theatre is a privilege and honour for Women of the Future – we share the same values and know that by working together we will make a huge difference.”

Comments from mentors include:

Amanda Foreman, historian, columnist, presenter of the recent BBC series The Ascent of Women and Chair of the Man Booker Prize:

There has been a huge increase in the amount of women working in the arts since I began my career, which is great, of course. Oftentimes when you ask female artists how they’ve achieved their success, though, it becomes clear that they have had to forge a somewhat haphazard path there. Creative women have two choices: follow the formula for success and recognition set forth by male artists, which is quite rigid and still fairly hostile to women, or muddle along on their own and hope for a stroke of luck. I believe that women deserve a clearer formula for parlaying their passion and talent into a career.

Suzie de Rohan Wilner, CEO of fashion company Toast, said:

This is an opportunity for me to contribute and positively help change the course of women’s working lives in the Arts.

I don’t think we had female mentors when I was starting which meant I had to find my own way and made some spectacular mistakes. I mentor women today to help them be spectacular in other ways.

Kate Bryan, presenter and former Director of The Fine Art society said:

I have worked in the art world for 12 years and in that time I would have expected to see the imbalance between genders improve considerably. Sadly, this is just not the case. The more my career has progressed, the more obvious the disparity becomes. I am involved because now I am in my mid thirties I feel more motivated than ever to be active in the field of gender disparity in the arts. I want a future filled with bright brilliant women at the top in every sphere of life and fostering change within my own industry is key.

It’s not about straight forward sexism anymore, the access is there on all legal and technical levels. Instead, it’s about addressing the complexities of why less women work in the art world than men even though there are more women graduating in the arts. Firstly, I think together we need to reevaluate the expectations and goals for female graduates – we need to teach that there are no limits and lead by example.

Comments from the selected students include:

Maria Roberts, studying at Manchester Metropolitan University: The University Women in the Arts really is the opportunity of lifetime ­– and without wanting to sound twee, it is something I have wanted, and needed, for many years. So, this really is a dream come true for me.

This is not just because the 15 mentors are women, but because they are pioneers in their field. They are the very best at what they do and there is a lot I can learn from them.’

Since my early twenties, I have benefitted from the support and belief of my tutors, employers, magazine editors etc, to whom I am very grateful – but they have with all, with one exception, been men.

This has not been a problem in itself, but I have felt the very grave lack of female mentors in my life. There are expectations of women — be clever, pretty, healthy, professional, amenable, and have good hair — that just aren’t placed on men in the same way.

Outside of my working life, I have been mugged, threatened with rape, held hostage in cabs, hit, trolled, insulted and discriminated against. How do you negotiate all of the issues that affect women in our daily lives, on top of our ambitions in the workplace?

It’s fantastic that I will be one of 15 women, guided by 15 women I truly admire. It’s just what I need at this stage of my career.

Alice Evans, studying at Chelsea College of Art, said: The opportunity to take part in this scheme is very exciting to me because I believe that enabling other people to have the opportunity to realize their own creative ambitions and find their own voices is the way I can best contribute and feel meaning to my own life.

My excitement at joining the scheme is essentially about learning to enable others. I want people, and women in particular, to realize their power both individually and collectively. In order to do this, I welcome the opportunity of the support of other women who have been there before.

Alice Brazil Burns, an undergraduate student at Warwick University, said: I feel so lucky and excited for this extraordinary opportunity to be mentored by a dream list of inspiring women who have done amazing things and this kind of support is hugely motivating as I build a career in the arts.

Zoe Bailey, studying at Bath Spa University, said: I think University Women in the Arts is a fantastic opportunity and I’m really grateful to have been picked for the scheme. I’m excited to meet the mentors and learn from them over the coming year.

Titilola Ige, studying at Central Saint Martins, said: Mentoring goes hand in hand with achieving. There’s nothing about life or what we want to do in it that says we should do it alone. You learn from those that are achieving, that are living, that are doing. Being selected for the University Women in the Arts means that I shall get all the help and advice in which to also achieve.

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Welcome!

Welcome to University Women in the Arts. We will be publishing more information in this section as the year progresses on the public events and updates on the mentoring scheme.