Creative Industries Pathway: Creative Industries Landscape & Introduction to the Sector

creative industries pathway 22 october

In this first session of the Creative Industries Pathway for 2019-20, Lydia Wakefield (Deputy Head of Education & Skills for the Creative Industries Federation) will provide an introduction to the sector, an assessment of the landscape and an idea of the opportunities and challenges ahead. Stephanie Allen (Executive Director at Arts & Heritage) will draw on over 20 years’ experience in the cultural sector, including Arts Council England, The Geffrye Museum, the Sidney Nolan Trust, work with DCMS (the Department of Culture, Media and Sport) and Creative United, to discuss opportunities in business development, creative production, fundraising and project management. We invite you to join us after the talks and panel discussion for a glass of wine and an opportunity to chat to Lydia and Stephanie, as well as to meet other researchers interested in working with the Creative Industries.

Lydia Wakefield, Deputy Head of Education & Skills, Creative Industries Federation

The Creative Industries Federation is the membership body which represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries. Lydia supports the creative community through creative careers and skills, facilitating collaboration and influencing policy. Lydia was previously the Deputy Head of Education and Training at IPSE – The association of freelancers and self-employed professionals in the UK. Prior to IPSE, Lydia worked for Kaplan and University of Bath within admissions, marketing, partnerships and school liaison. Lydia has also been engaged in the Women and Work APPG where she has represented women in enterprise, education and training. Lydia has a passion for dance and theatre, having spent over 15 years on and back-stage.

Stephanie Allen, Executive Director of Arts & Heritage

Stephanie has over 20 years’ experience working as a producer, creative director and project manager. She has worked on a huge variety of artist-led projects for Artsadmin, Peak Cymru and the Hayward Gallery as well as enabling and supporting site-responsive projects nationally and internationally as a freelance producer. This is twinned with significant business planning, partnership management, fundraising and strategic development roles across the arts and cultural sector including positions at Arts Council England, The Geffrye Museum, the Sidney Nolan Trust and Creative United as Head of Strategic Development.Whilst at Creative United, she undertook commissioned research in partnership with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and The London Mayor’s Office as well as leading on partnership development and the strategic development of the national Own Art and Take it Away schemes.

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