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Queen Mary Arts and Culture launches three-year Cultural Advocacy Fellowship Scheme in collaboration with Mile End Institute

Queen Mary has long played a central role in advocating for London’s cultural landscape, extending back to its origins as the People’s Palace in 1887. This May, QMUL’s Arts and Culture and the Mile End Institute are launching a unique three-year scheme establishing a coalition of advocates helping to make the case for the arts and cultural sectors in London and nationally. 

Our research fellows are:

  • Paul Fleming, General Secretary, Equity
  • Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive, Incorporated Society of Musicians
  • Ruksana Begum, Arts Development Officer, Tower Hamlets Council
  • Rachael Roe, Senior Policy Officer, Culture and Creative Industries Unit, General London Assembly
  • Raja Moussaoui, Programme Manager, Culture and Creative Industries Unit, General London Assembly
  • Justin Hunt, Combined Arts and Dance, Arts Council England
  • Richard Ings, London Area champion for Arts in Health, Wellbeing & Criminal Justice, Arts Council England
  • Kim Morrison, Children, Young People and Combined Arts · Arts Council England
  • Naomi Pohl, General Secretary, Musician's Union
  • Kim Evans, Arts Catalyst
  • Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive, Society of Authors
  • Philippa Childs, Deputy General Secretary, BECTU 

Our Fellows have been appointed for a three-year period to work with Queen Mary academics to tackle some of the major challenges facing the cultural sector. They will benefit from Mile End Institute’s cutting-edge approach to policy at local and national levels, and the QM Arts and Culture Team’s networks of support for Queen Mary’s work with the cultural sector.  

The scheme will launch with a symposium on June 30th 2022 1-6pm, on Unexpected Solutions: Inequalities, Policy and the Cultural Sector.

This event asks: against the backdrop of rising inequality and the inequalities within the cultural sector itself: what unexpected solutions, approaches, policies have been effective as interventions, and why? The event will respond to the Levelling Up white paper to think about local and regional inequalities, asking how arts and culture can offer unexpected solutions to, for example, health inequalities or criminal justice issues, while also focussing on inequalities within the arts and culture sector itself in conditions of work and pay. The event will focus on how unexpected solutions might lead to policy change a locally, nationally and internationally – exploring new approaches, possibilities, and transformations in ‘making the case’ for the cultural sector.

To register for the event, please go to Eventbrite page.

We will announce more detail on the scheme as the Fellows begin their work. For further information please contact Dr Aoife Monks, Arts and Culture lead, a.monks@qmul.ac.uk

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