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3rd April 2019 Jemma Green

Developing and Sustaining Inclusive Audiences

Partnership Models / Intersectionality / Audience Development

What is it about?

In this session, Director Phil Douglas will share partnership models developed by Curious Arts. Discover the challenges and successes of the last four years of Curious Festival – an annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer culture across the North East.

You’ll consider the interconnectivity of diversity in relation to your own practice. How can your organisation authentically engage diverse audiences? How can you build trust and make connections with marginalised communities? Reflect on your current commitment to sustaining diverse audience development. Explore how this can be realised through new approaches.

What will I gain?

— Examples of inclusive practice and engaging communities to gain a deeper understanding of intersectionality

— Insight into the current reach of your organisation

— An understanding of perceptions and the impact of tokenistic engagement within marginalised communities.

Who is it for?

This session is for people working at a strategic level thinking about how to position inclusion within their organisation and its offer. You will want to influence change and advocate inclusive practices.

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Phil Douglas | Director | Curious Arts

Phil Douglas has worked in the Arts & Culture sector across the North East for over 10 years. During this time, he has worked at Middlesbrough and Gateshead Councils in Arts, Events & Festivals Development roles.

Phil has also maintained a freelance portfolio focused around Arts Development, Diversity, Marketing and Participation working with organisations including: Theatre Royal Newcastle, Theatre Hullabaloo, Dance City and Hartlepool Borough Council. He has also worked in the private sector managing an LGBTQ magazine, social events and a bar & nightclub complex for a number of years .

After founding Curious Festival in 2016 and establishing Curious Arts in 2017, Curious now delivers a flagship annual festival, year round projects and programming partnerships with key regional partners ARC Stockton and Northern Stage.  Phil’s freelance producing work spans Dance, Outdoor Arts and Queer Arts sectors. 

Image courtesy of Phil Douglas. Taken: Thursday 22nd January 2015 Night charity portrait shoot in Central Middlesbrough. © Dave Charnley Photography Ltd All Rights Reserved 2015 



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