University Women In The Arts And Genpol Announce Panel Event On Advice For Female Arts Students

University Women in the Arts, the mentoring scheme to help improve the transition for women from studying to working in the arts, and GenPol, the gender think tank who recently published one of the first policy papers on how education can help prevent abuse, will be running a panel event on advice for female art students, and those who work with them, on transitioning from studying to working in the arts as part of this year's London Writers' Week.

Taking place on Friday 20th July as part of this year's London Writers' Week, the panel event will include speakers Lilia Giugni, CEO of GenPol, a political scientist and Fellow in Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge, Jingan Young, playwright, Artistic Director of Pokfulam RD Productions, a BBC New Talent Hot List writer for 2017, and editor of "Foreign Goods", a book of work by British East Asian writers (Oberon Books), and Titilola Dawudu, writer, mentor, selected for the Artistic Director Leadership Programme's "Leaders of Tomorrow" scheme, and Learning and Participation Manager at the Ovalhouse Theatre.

The panel will offer advice to female arts students, women wanting to work in the arts and those in the education sector and arts industry who work with them on transitioning from studying to working in the arts.

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, said: "We are delighted to be working with GenPol on this panel event as part of our new major project we are running with GenPol on how to prevent abuse in the arts. We hope the panel will offer important advice for female arts students, women wanting to work in the arts, and those who work with them in the education sector and arts industry".

Lilia Giugni, CEO of GenPol said: "We are thrilled to be partnering with University of Women in the Arts to help prevent sexual and gender-based violence in the art industry. Discrimination, sexism and actual abuse undermine the lives and careers of too many women artists. We hope the panel will offer a little taste of the forthcoming book on which we are working together and the solutions we propose."

The panel event takes place as part of University Women in the Arts and GenPol's major new project on providing female arts students with a platform for their views and experiences of abuse in the arts, as part of the current discussions around this issue, and creating a toolkit for use by teachers or students to help students deal with, tackle and help eradicate abuse in the arts.

There will also be a writing workshop for female arts students and recent graduates following the panel event, and more information on the project is available at www.universitywomeninthearts.com

For more information and to book tickets for the panel event please go to: www.londonwritersweek.com

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