Panel Discussion | Women in the Arts

In celebration of International Women’s Day
Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 19:00 – 21:00 | Free event


As part of the Brixton Live cultural partnership, Photofusion is hosting a panel discussion exploring the inspiration, challenges, opportunities and experiences of being a woman in the arts, working in a range of disciplines including photography, dance and theatre.

Panel Discussion | Women in the Arts


Susan Mumford
Susan Mumford is a social entrepreneur with expertise in the art world. She is a professional mentor, trainer, author and public speaker. Her personal mission is to empower and inform individuals who run creative enterprises alongside supporting arts organisations to enter a new age of commercial & digital know-how. She founded the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) in 2010, followed by Be Smart About Art in 2012. Keep up with her movements on Twitter at @susanjmumford.

Panel Members

Stella Barnes
Brixton Live Partner: Ovalhouse
Stella is a theatre maker, arts facilitator and trainer with over 30 years experience in Participatory Arts and Theatre in Education in London. She regularly work as a guest lecturer in universities and has presented work at conferences and seminars in the UK and internationally.

As Director of Participation at Ovalhouse in south London she manages and deliver a wide-ranging programme of participatory arts and builds partnerships with non-arts sector agencies to address the cultural and social exclusion of young people.
Stella has a particular interest in arts and migration and works in partnership with Counterpoints Arts on Platforma, a national network for refugee related arts. She delivers national training in participatory arts with young migrants and is currently involved in exploring ethics in participatory arts, focusing on work with marginalized communities. Stella has delivered several youth led projects with the British Council including I&D, training young people in Southern Africa to be social action arts facilitators and Global Change Makers Euro/Africa youth summit.

Nisha Duggal
Brixton Live Partner: B3 Media
Nisha Duggal is a visual artist who processes the everyday to explore expressions of freedom and creativity lived within it. Working across media she aims to uncover agitation towards structures of power and control by playing with ideas around singularity, mimetics and the poetry of crowds.

Nisha’s films and drawings have exhibited internationally including installations at Watermans (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), Ginza Art Lab (Tokyo), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead) and Oriel Mostyn (Llandudno) and screenings at Rekalde (Bilbao), Cornerhouse (Manchester) and Iniva (London). She has been awarded commissions by Site Gallery (Sheffield) and Contemporary Art Forum (Kitchener, Ontario). Nisha studied at Derby and The Slade and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Moving Image Awards in 2008 and the Jerwood/Umbrella Moving Image Award in 2013. She completed the Florence Trust residency in 2010 and has work in the Saatchi Collection. Nisha is a finalist of the B3 Talentlab artist development programme and she is working with B3 on a multi platform project called ‘Forcing Tastes’

Kloe Dean
Brixton Live Partner: Independance/Studio B
Kloé Dean is a passionate and unique hip-hop dancer, choreographer and freestyler from London and leads her own all female dance collective ‘Myself UK Dance’. Kloe formed Myself, a collective of strong, female, Hip-Hop dancers brought together to inspire females and wider society By promoting empowerment, ambition, individuality – to break down the stereotype of a largely male dominated arena. Kloé has performed in numerous productions, showcases and competitions around the world, most recently in Europe with the French choreographer Mourad Merzouki -Compagnie Käfig, in the dance piece, 7 Steps. Kloé has showcased her own choreography on various platforms including; The B.Supreme Women’s hip hop festival London, Alliances Urbaines: Paris, Lezarts Urbains: Brussels, The International Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas as well as TV appearances on Channel 4, CBBC, ITV, Sky 1 and BBC for the Queen’s Coronation celebration at Buckingham Palace 2013.

Kloe has come through the independence dance programmes and has performed in the Bsupreme festival as well as a dance educator on the independance schools’ programme, Dare2Dance

Scarlett Crawford
Brixton Live Partner: Photofusion
Scarlett Crawford is an artist and educator from London. A graduate of London College of Communication and Goldsmiths University, she works with photography in both analogue and digital formats. After graduating from LCC, she went straight to work at EMAP as an In-house Studio Photographer, having her work published in magazines including Vice Magazine and Tank. After two years, she made the decision to focus on her conceptual work and exhibitions. After training as a teacher in 2008, she has worked as a tutor and facilitator within schools and on community projects, including a longterm collaboration with Photofusion’s dynamic outreach programme. Scarlett is interested in looking at the effects of acculturation, the process of cultural and psychological change that results following meeting between cultures.

Shir Freibach
Brixton Live Partner: Raw Material
Shir is an award winning theatre practitioner (Director, Dramaturg, Translator and Facilitator) that has worked in Europe and the Middle East on a variety of creative projects with a wide range of collaborators and participants. Shir has been a Human and Disability Rights activist for many years. She co-founded the first ever UK HIV/Aids national magazine, Positive Nation, and has been actively involved in peace making and opposing occupation in Palestine. She is currently directing and project managing an ACE-supported national touring project for Raw Material, working with marginalised young people through music and drama on the theme of ‘invisibility’.