The 2017 Engage International Conference - The Whole Picture: Rethinking diversity
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 12:00 to Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 16:00

This year’s Engage International Conference aims to rethink the conversation surrounding equality, diversity and access. The visual arts can act as a catalyst for change. Arts educators, artists, makers and teachers are often under pressure to simply deliver, but could benefit from time to reflect on their practice. There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ toolkit to address the myriad issues surrounding race, ethnicity, identity, disability, gender and sexuality; these issues are individual and complex.

This conference will give delegates the opportunity to explore what they do and why they do it, moving beyond box-ticking exercises, being realistic and getting to the heart of often thorny, and sometimes controversial issues.

Conference will address these provocations:
What do we talk about when we talk about diversity? Is diversity practice too often focused outwards at the expense of challenging internal customs?

Nothing about us without us is for us. Who needs to be in the room when we talk about diversity and why?
Who decides what matters? How is the agenda set: top down, bottom up or somewhere in between

Are we there yet? How will we know when we’ve got there? What will an inclusive, diverse sector look like?

Conference contributors will include:

  • Baroness Kay Andrews, former Chair of English Heritage and author of Welsh Government’s Culture and Poverty Report
  • Diane Howse, Artist, Curator and founder of Geraldine Connor Foundation
  • Eona Craig, formerly Widening Participation at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and current CEO of Articulate Hub
  • Tonya Nelson, Head of University College London Museums and Collections
  • James Hill, Director, Pyramid Arts
  • Jude Woods, Artist, Activist and Project Manager of Queer Stories, Community Development Worker for older LGB&T people, Yorkshire MESMAC
  • Jason Wilsher-Mills, Artist and Artist in Residence at Square Peg for Artlink
  • Anthony Clavane, journalist and author of Promised Land and A Yorkshire Tragedy
  • Ivan Liotchev, Artist
  • Bryony Bond, Creative Director, The Tetley
  • Professor Kevin Hylton, Professor of Equality and Diversity in Sport, Leisure and Education, Head of the Research Centre for Diversity, Education, Equity and Inclusion, Leeds Beckett University
  • Dr Nigel Morpeth, Artist and academic at Leeds Beckett University and University of Lincoln
  • Rommi Smith, Writer and Performer
  • Richie Turner, Freelance Innovation and Business Adviser, member of Arts Council of Wales

Alongside the main conference, delegates are invited to participate in a varied fringe programme of visits, talks and workshops showcasing visual arts and culture in and around Hull. 

Tickets are on sale until Wednesday 1 November. For information on bookings, bursaries and the conference programme please visit

We are grateful to Artlink, Heritage Learning, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Axisweb for their support of Engage Conference 2017.

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Hull City Hall
Queen Victoria Square, Carr Ln