Gender Representation in the Arts
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Women continue to face pay disparity, multiple barriers to career progression and are under-represented in the arts across the UK. So what can we do?


Gender Representation in the Arts

Led by Esther Andare, Golden Thread Gallery’s New Needs Intern, watch a discussion among women who have led successful campaigns or projects with regards to revealing the imbalance, holding organisations to account, and importantly, building programmes of work that make real, positive change.

Together, we look at some of the most prescient barriers and understand where gender imbalance is felt most acutely. The session arms you with the tools, knowledge, and network to take action, speak truth to power, and expertise for building a better, more representative, arts sector.

About the speakers


Esther is a History graduate from Queen’s University Belfast and is currently a Master’s in Law student. Esther has recently joined the art sector as the New Needs intern with the Golden Thread Gallery. Within this role, she has hosted and chaired a number of webinars that focus on the need for diversity and inclusion within the arts in NI.


Jemima is Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Stellar Quines, one of the few arts organisations in Scotland whose primary occupation is concerned with the role of women. Stellar Quines’ vision is to be Scotland’s leading touring theatre company, inspiring excellence in women & girls supported by their mission to celebrate the value and diversity of women and girls by making brilliant theatre, provoking change, nurturing artists and empowering participation.

Jemima was previously Artistic Director and Associate Director at Dundee Rep Theatre for seven years having trained at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and also on a Scottish Arts Council Director Traineeship. Jemima is an experienced director and has won and been nominated for a number of awards. While at Dundee Rep she directed more than 18 productions, including Great Expectations and The Glass Menagerie.

As a freelance director and producer, she worked with a number of companies, including the Royal Lyceum Theatre and The National Theatre of Scotland.


Lucy is the Director of Tonic, an organisation she founded in 2011 with the ambition of creating a sea change in how theatre and the performing arts thought about and acted in regard to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Over the years, she has created Tonic’s ground-breaking range of programmes, methodologies and tools which have enabled individuals and organisations to achieve deep and sustained change.

Lucy is the author of two books: 100 Great Plays for Women and All Change Please: A Practical Guide to Achieving Gender Equality in Theatre, both published by Nick Hern Books. She is a regular speaker on diversity in the arts and gender equality in theatre. She is a Director of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for women playwrights. Lucy has 20 years’ experience working in theatre and prior to creating Tonic was an award-winning director.


Sammy is a horror film and theatre maker and founder of Theatre Call To Action. It was established as a call to action for Black representation in British theatre within organisations, theatre companies, agencies and drama schools. It asks for open, honest dialogue as a path to meaningful change within the theatre industry and so far has garnered over one thousand signatures. She is Project Officer for Inc Arts who campaign for representation over the arts sector addressing issues around pay, programming and recruitment within intersectional identities.

You can read the Call To Action in full here.

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