‘Inspiring Women in the Arts’ in partnership with BAFTA

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[Actors, script editors and producers from TV’s ‘Call the Midwife’ were amongst those taking part]

Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall hosted ‘Inspiring Women in the Arts’ in partnership with BAFTA yesterday. 170 high profile women representing a wide range of careers in the arts did career speed networking with 850 state school girls about their jobs and experiences.

Well known faces from the world of television, theatre and the arts took part such as; actress Jenny Agutter OBE (pictured), editor Rosie Boycott, potter Emma Bridgewater, The Miniaturist author Jessie Burton, Art of Noise founder and composer Anne Dudley, Call the Midwife script editor Katy Harmer, singer Jamelia, BBC One Show presenter Alex Jones, Jude Kelly OBE Southbank Centre Director, Harry Potter casting director Karen Lindsay-Stewart, author Kate Mosse OBE, TV presenter June Sarpong and opera singer Amanda Roocroft.

The event also saw the announcement of meeting our target to recruit 15,000 women to volunteer. Now 15,049 Inspiring Women have signed up through Inspiring the Future to be available to speak in state schools and colleges about their jobs and careers. Since the campaign launched in October 2013, a total of 289,974 girls and young women from across the UK have engaged with Inspiring the Future volunteers.

See our ‘Inspiring Women campaign: the story so far’ http://www.educationandemployers.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/IW-Campaign-Summary-Digital.pdf

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA says: “We are delighted to be working with Miriam González Durántez and Inspiring Women to host this special ‘Inspiring Women in the Arts’ event at Tate Modern. The arts, including the art forms of the moving image, offer an exciting range of roles that should be available to anyone, regardless of gender or background. At the event hundreds of girls will meet and gain inspiration from successful women, including BAFTA nominees and winners. We are highlighting a number of careers, including areas where women are particularly under-represented across Film, Television and Games. Attendees represent directing, game development and sound design, as well as composing, producing, screenwriting, acting and other crafts.”

Kerstin Mogull, Managing Director, Tate: “We are delighted to be hosting this event in the Turbine Hall at the heart of Tate Modern. The arts sector is one of this country’s great strengths and it offers an incredible range of careers, open to all. You only have to look at the work on display at Tate’s galleries to see how important women are to the arts, and this year we are proud to be staging more exhibitions of female artists than ever before. It is so important for young women to see what opportunities there are out there, and to meet people who can speak from experience about them. I hope this event helps many more people to be inspired and to get involved.”

“As Inspiring the Future’s lead corporate supporter, we are delighted to combine our global support of the arts with that of educating the next generation – two areas which we view as crucial for developing strong economies and successful communities,” said Saba Nazar, vice chair in Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “The range of careers available within the arts is as dynamic and varied as the women attending this event and we are incredibly proud to be involved in helping to inspire the next generation.”

To sign up and volunteer or for more information please go to http://www.inspiringthefuture.org

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