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Smash and Build — taking the lead to diversify and challenge audiences

What is it about?

projects / data / policy / holistic practice / partnerships

Harpreet’s work focuses on embedding cultural practice into key areas including diversity, gender equality and climate change, locally and globally. In this session she will take you in-depth through an activity that will highlight how your work, ideas and decision making can connect with your audiences. Through the process, you will develop your practice to deliberate on what you do that has an impact on audiences.

Arts programmes and audiences do not exist in isolation — the socio-political context impacts both content and consumer. When political views are increasingly polarised, and extremist views gain ground, how can we address the challenges that this brings? When, how and where should people like you, who work with audiences, be challenging, adapting or diversifying in response? How far can you influence the parameters you are working within?

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

What will I gain?

— A set of SMART objectives and actions for you to run with as soon as you return to your day job, that take into consideration the challenging political climate we need to navigate

— Identify and challenge your blind spots and barriers to inclusivity

— Tips to link your leadership and values to your role and responsibility

Who is it for?

This is a practical session for those wearing many hats in an arts, heritage or cultural organisation or those whose work seems to straddle conflicting outcomes.


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