Virtual Event

Virtual Event

This event is held entirely online. Access detials will be provided from the host, upon registration.


Thu | Jul 29 12:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Wor Culture – Cultural Leadership

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Wor Culture: What do we need from ‘cultural leadership’ to build back better and with equity?

In partnership with Tyne and Wear Cultural Freelancers and What Next?

Thursday 29th July 12.30-14.00

As we go through another period of change for the sector, and we look tentatively to the future, what does cultural leadership look like? How can we build back stronger and with equity?

In this session we will hear from people who might not normally take a platform – the Wor Culture event will also be more than just an online gathering via Zoom, with audio, visual and written work surrounding the topic.


  • Izzy Finch – Learning and Participation Officer, The Customs House

Izzy is an arts project manager, producer and facilitator who works with diverse communities to engage people in artistic, creative experiences. As someone whose path to becoming an arts worker was defined by quality arts participation and experiences rather than formal training, she is committed to promoting and facilitating this right for artists and audiences from all backgrounds and cultural perspectives. Her practice is rooted in values of community, equality, social justice and creating a space to platform those who have historically been marginalised.

Izzy is The Learning and Participation Officer at The Customs House where she leads on Takeover (an annual 5 day arts festival programmed by young people), OURS/US/WE (a queer led youth arts programme) and One of the Lads (a physical theatre project exploring concepts of masculinity and gender). Izzy is also Project Manager for Create/Disrupt- a new artist development programme for creatives who have not embarked on university training at The Newbridge Project and is a freelance project musician for Gem Arts working with resettled Syrian young people in Gateshead.

  • Kathleen Boodhai – PhD Candidate ‘Indo-Trinidadian heritage-ness in diaspora’, Northumbria University

Kath Boodhai is a post-graduate researcher, School of Arts, Design & Social Sciences, Northumbria University. Her research investigates Hindu religious heritage-making across Indian diaspora communities, particularly Hindu Indo-Trinidadians in Trinidad and Canada. It encompasses post-colonial perspectives and the uses of heritage across this diaspora and the politics of race, identity, representation and equality.

She is also Senior Research Assistant supporting Associate Professor Dr Susan Ashley on the Arts & Humanities Research Council Funded (Multi)Cultural Archives Project, working with a range of North East-based Black and Racialised partner organisations from the community/cultural sector to bring together over 20+ years of archives from their organisations. She has worked extensively to profile and interweave creativity and expressions across sectors including community, arts, culture and heritage. In her roles and as a member of Northumbria BAME network, she contributes to Decolonisation work at Northumbria and is active member of Northumbria BAME Network. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Black-led Arts and Health voluntary organisation Sangini.

Break Out Sessions:

  • What is the change we want to see and how can we make it?
  • Am I a cultural leader? Exploring our own leadership together.
  • Multiplied leadership – through networks, how can we develop strong and multiplied leadership?

This session will take place on Zoom, the video conferencing platform. You don’t need to have an account but it is recommend that you sign up for a free account and use the desktop program. Please click register to confirm your space, attendees will receive joining details the morning of the event.

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