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9th October 2019 Jacqueline Haxton

Audiences: to leave or to remain

What is it about?

leadership / collaboration / socio-political context

If great leadership is connected to arts programmes and audiences, then why is the synergy between these three elements often broken by policies and the socio-political context? And who gets left behind?

Using Harpreet’s leadership insights into how arts professionals evolve over their career, this provocation will explore how audiences develop their tastes and evolve, and the distinction between the two. Can the arts, heritage and cultural sector keep up with changes in tech, sustainability and social policy?

From Kala Sangam in Bradford to Shrewesbury Folk Festival, Harpreet will share how arts leaders and audiences are collaborating to respond to the rise of extreme political views and exploring ways to adapt and diversify programming.

View more information on Inclusivity and Audiences Day 2019 and book your place.


Harpreet Kaur | Harpreet Kaur Creative

Harpreet works within a cultural and international development context to facilitate social and global change. She has a portfolio career as a researcher, consultant, facilitator, and arts manager that focusses on embedding cultural practice into key areas including diversity, gender equality and climate change, locally and globally. Harpreet has worked with arts organizations, NGOs, charities, artists and policymakers from different cultures from all corners of the globe. A cosmopolitan globe trotter, Harpreet has mastered remote working and adapting to different environments and contexts rapidly. In the last five years, her focus has been on researching artists exploring climate change through a diversity lens. Her research and work has taken her around the globe with funding from Arts Council England, British Council and Creative Europe.

Harpreet is a former Powerbrokers International Leadership Programme Fellow (Cultural Leadership Programme 2008). She has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and Australia as an arts manager on projects, events and festivals since her career began in 2001. Clients include Southbank Centre (London), Beijing Modern Dance Company (China) Mindspace (Budapest), Regional Arts Victoria (Melbourne) and Jagriti Yatra (Mumbai). She is an Artistic Quality Assessor for Arts Council England and has recently consulted for the national heritage, outdoor arts and community climate action sectors. Harpreet achieved an MSc in Gender and International Relations in 2014 and is an advocate for cultural diplomacy.

In 2014 Harpreet was awarded an International Anita Roddick Award by the Body Shop Foundation for her voluntary work, particularly with Initiatives of Change, a world-wide movement focused on trust and peace building. In 2017 Harpreet was selected as a BBC Expert Woman and has appeared on numerous media channels including BBC World News to share her expertise in Culture and Development. She is an experienced speaker on air and at international conferences about culture, security and development presenting for global audiences in numerous cities including London, Paris, Kiev, Vienna, Bucharest, Berlin and Melbourne.

Image courtesy of Harpreet Kaur (c) Marcin Sz


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