Women, Diversity, Arts – Are We Cutting The Mustard?

A dynamic and exciting panel of female non-binary artists and industry professionals.

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Join the host with the most, Brigitte Aphrodite, and creative learning expert, Victoria Barrow Williams as they present a dynamic and exciting panel of female non-binary artists and industry professionals who are raising questions around diversity and the arts. Expect an engaging discussion with explosive interludes of live music.

Tickets are FREE, but must be booked in advance

The panel is being curated by Brigitte Aphrodite – Punk Poet, Musician, Writer, Theatre Maker and Feminist Showgirl – and Victoria Barrow-Williams, the Creative Learning Participation Manager at Dreamland.

So far the following people have been confirmed for the panel:

Gemma Cairney

An award-winning broadcaster and author who is passionate about empowering young women. Gemma’s unique, infectious broadcasting style has been heard across the BBC Radio, presenting an incredible array of shows, including an interview of Grace Jones for Amazing Grace (BBC 6 Music) which won the Best Music Show Rose d’Or. She also presented the station’s social action show, The Surgery, for two years. She has also made a number of acclaimed television documentaries, including The History of Feminism for BBC2. Gemma’s debut book, OPEN: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be, was published in 2017. With her natural flair, Gemma launched the book by touring the UK on an open-top bus, which she painted yellow and named Dandelion; recording podcasts and hosting parties on board as she went.

Jackie Hagan

An award winning playwright, poet, stand up comedian and writer. Jackie is passionate about inclusivity in the widest sense and experiences often excluded from the mainstream narrative. She has performed and delivered workshops in hundreds of venues including prisons, homeless shelters and high-secure psychiatric units as well as theatres such as Southbank, Bristol Old Vic and Wales Millenium Centre.

Both her solo shows were awarded the ‘Best Spoken Word Show’ in their respective years. She is a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow and was nominated for a Woman of the World award for her work for social change. She has represented the UK in an international poetry slam in Rio and was the feature of a Ch4 short. She has written for Attitude magazine, Diva magazine, Gay Star, and regularly crops up on BBC Radio Four, and BBC Ouch!

She is a working class, queer amputee. She adores people who don’t fit in.

Roxanne Tataei

Roxanne is a South London-based musician. She has toured internationally, supporting the likes of Grace Jones, Florence and the Machine and Raphael Saadiq and collaborating with artists including Mark Ronson, Paul Weller and Nitin Sawhney. The past few years have seen Roxanne working on unique projects including the Mica Levi & Dean Blunt opera Inna (ICA, London, 2017) and a special performance/installation with ongoing collaborator Maiye, commissioned for the V&A Museum in collaboration with i-D Magazine (2018). She recently released her sophomore album, Full Moon In Aries, which she describes as “my personal account of the human experience, trying to find balance in both the human and spiritual world, and all the complexities we come across when trying to navigate it”. In the coming months Tataei will be releasing more album visuals, tracks with avant-garde experimentalists Dean Blunt (‘Dum Draco’/Muggy Vol.1) and NTS maverick Lord Tusk (Mos Def), and staging one-off live performances.