Education in Crisis 3: Creative Industries

6 – 8.30pm

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

The third talk in the Education in Crisis series with Baltic x Northumbria University exploring the crisis in arts education.

From 2010 to 2019, the creative industries experienced nearly double the growth rate of the overall economy, achieving a value exceeding £115 billion. This expansion equates to approximately one in eight businesses and accounts for 7.1% of total employment in the UK. However, despite these achievements, the ongoing decrease in funding for art, design, and technology subjects in UK state schools poses challenges for recruiting the diverse talent crucially needed by the industries.

In the wake of these funding cuts, what will happen to the Creative Industries if the government continues to slash funding and isolate future generations of creatives? How can the creative industries continue to adapt and survive? Following short provocations by the speakers, we invite audience members to join the debate and share their experiences.

Join a discussion with leaders of the creative industries to consider the transformational value of creative learning, the fundamental skill sets learned, and the impact education cuts have on future creatives.

Donna Chambers, Chair
Donna is Professor of Critical Cultural Studies in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University.  She is an interdisciplinary scholar who is interested in how people and places are represented in a number of cultural and heritage contexts including in tourism. She applies a range of critical perspectives to her work including, though not limited to, decolonial and critical race theories and Black feminist theory. 

Donna is a Trustee of Wordsworth Grasmere (literary house museum), Sunderland Empire Theatre and is a non-Executive Director of Newcastle Creates. She is currently one of 16 women from Black, Asian and minority ethnic heritage in the North East of England featured in the ‘Inspirational Women’ permanent exhibition at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Joanna Feeley, Trend Bible
Jo Feeley is a futures expert and founder & CEO of TrendBible, a Newcastle based trend forecasting agency. She advises retailers, brands, charities, investors and governments all over the world to help them understand what householders and consumers will think, feel and do in two to five year’s time. With 25 years’ experience as a trend forecaster, she has grown the business to become a leading authority on the future of home, working with recognised brands such as Valspar, Starbucks, Samsung and LEGO. Joanna leads a team of 23 staff based in Newcastle and around the UK, and a network of trend scouts based all over the world.

Joanna is passionate about raising the visibility of the creative sector in the North East of England, evidenced in her commitments outside of running TrendBible. She has launched Creative Studio Tours, a programme for school students to visit creative companies in Newcastle to build aspirations for a creative career. Jo is quoted as an authority on trends and is regularly cited by The Independent, BBC Radio 4, Entrepreneur Magazine and the Financial Times. Honoured by the think-tank Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), Jo was named as ‘one of the new generation of female entrepreneurs’ and won the Great British Entrepreneur award in 2022.

Loujane Alasi, Newcastle Creates
Loujane is a multidisciplinary professional who has experience working in the built environment, non-profit and media sectors graduating from Newcastle University with a Masters in Media and Journalism after completing a Bachelors degree in Architectural Technology from Northumbria.

From her lived and professional experience, she knows many young people don’t feel seen or heard within the culture space in Newcastle and aren’t aware of opportunities that exist.
She is passionate about encouraging the sector to express a more diverse picture of identity, heritage and impact. She wants to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to experience and participate in cultural activities without feeling like they’re an imposter.

Tom Leighton, Art Manager at Atomhawk
After studying Computer Games Art at Teeside, Tom started in the industry in 2008 at Eutechnyx Ltd as a junior 3d artist. He moved to Zerolight where his career progressed into production and management before joining Atomhawk as their new Art Manager in 2023. At Atomhawk, Tom looks after the long term planning of the team, Education outreach and Tech improvements for the studio. He is a lover of cars, Tomb Raider and all things gaming and tech.

Gillie Kleiman, Artist
Gillie Kleiman works with and in dance and choreography, creating performances, texts, events and pedagogical encounters. Her work has a persistent interest in both the figure and the activity of the non-professional, and many of the projects have involved participation of non-professional collaborators or of the audience. In 2020, Gillie initiated a new cycle of thinking and working about fat and fatness.

Gillie has degrees in dance and performance, including a PhD in Dance Studies. Alongside her artistic practice, she is Head of Higher Education at Dance City, an adviser to Jerwood Arts, a Trustee of People Dancing, and external examiner at the Danish National School of Performing Arts. She is a member of UVW-DCW and is an accredited trade union representative. She lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne.

South Shore Road Gateshead NE8 3BA

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23 May 2024

FREE, donations welcome

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  • Thu 6 – 8.30pm
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  • Hearing loop
  • Large-format print
  • Walking aids
  • Mobility scooters
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