WOW: The Genius Gap – women, creativity and leadership

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We’re taught that divine knowledge and creative genius is the preserve of men – but what about women’s creative force? We talk to a panel of creative leaders and experts about putting women’s stories centre stage and redressing the balance in the arts.

Speakers include:

Laura Lewis-Paul, Founder & Creative Director of Saffron Records, an all female record label, working with young emerging artists in Bristol and London. Saffron Records changes the way women are perceived in the music industry, one empowered woman at a time. This is through their schools program, apprenticeships, and artist signings. In this way they aim to support young women in their musical development, presenting music as a valid career path, whether this be as an artist or as part of a management team.

Mia Bayes, With 25 years experience working in film sales, marketing and distribution, Mia has produced an Oscar winner, received 2 BAFTA nominations on consecutive years including for the prestigious Carl Foreman award, acted as creative producer on several debuts that have garnered multiple British Indie Film Awards and 2 BAFTA best debut awards. Currently Mia is dedicated to Birds Eye View Film, a charity that ran an acclaimed London film festival of films by women from 2002-14 and is now entering a new phase as a growing agency that promotes films by and about women and diverse voices through training, events, promotion and debate, with a social media reach of over 25,000 and a growing profile through its work agitating for improved representation across the film value chain.

Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director of the Octagon Theatre, Bolton. She went to the Octagon in 2009, having worked as Artistic Director of Shared Property Theatre, Associate Director of Southwark Playhouse, and directed at Oxford Playhouse, Old Vic, Hampstead Theatre, and Theatre503, amongst others. As Artistic Director, Elizabeth has made great progress in opening the theatre up to the community. This has included: transforming the auditorium into a Pleasure Beach during the Bolton Food and Drink Festival, instigating the REVEAL Festival, a festival of new and emerging artists who can produce work for online platforms and site-specific work; and directing a full-scale production of The Secret Garden with community groups of young people.

Chair Jo Henwood


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Approx 60 mins