ARTS CHAT #1: “ZOOMERS AND ROOMERS”- what did the pandemic teach us about working online, access and hybrid working?

20 January 2022, 6pm-7.30pm

via. Zoom

Arts Chat is a new bi-monthly event from Sunderland Culture which brings together artists and creatives to discuss an issue we might all be thinking about but might not have the space to talk about! It’s a chance to listen to practitioners’ insights on a subject, explore research and good practice, ask questions and have a chat.

For our first discussion, we’re exploring the topic of “Zoomers and Roomers”-thinking about what the pandemic taught us about working online, what difference it made to audiences and who could access work, and what decisions artists and organisations are making in the slow return to “real life” about hybrid working.

We will be joined by three practitioners who are currently wresting with these questions:

  • Kirsten Luckins, poet, performer and creative producer
  • Humrita Imtiaz, director, producer, writer and digital stage manager
  • Leila D’Aronville, Manging Director of Northern Roots and founder of Tyne and Wear Cultural Freelancers

The format will be 7-minute lightning talks by the speakers and then a facilitated discussion with everyone in the zoom room.

To register

Register your interest for the workshop, by clicking here.

We will confirm your place and details of the sessions via. email.

If you have any questions about the event or would like to discuss access needs, please email [email protected].

This event is offered as part of the Unlock the City programme which supports the development of artists and creative businesses in Sunderland. Unlock the City is delivered in partnership by Sunderland Culture, Sunderland City Council, Digital Catapult, North East BIC and Sunderland BME Network, with funding from the Coastal Communities Fund.

About the practitioners

Kirsten Luckins

Kirsten Luckins is a poet, performer, and creative producer with over a decade of experience delivering live literature events. She is director of the Tees Women Poets collective, lead writer-educator at the Celebrating Change digital storytelling project, co-ordinator for Crossing the Tees Book Festival and national project manager for the Rebecca Swift Foundation #WomenPoetsPrize and #WomenPoetsNetwork. As an artist working with poetry, text art, film, and collage she has delivered projects for Sunderland Culture, the Cultural Spring, and Summer Streets Festival.

@ImeldaSays @PoetsTees @CrossingtheTees

Humira Imtiaz

Humira is a Director, Producer, Writer and Digital Stage Manager. Humira enjoys exploring different forms and learning from each experience, from in-person theatre performances to digital live performances, from filmmaking to writing for stage. Humira loves to question and explore, without the pressure for concrete answers. Humira is currently the Zoom Technician & Schools Project Coordinator with One Tenth Human’s virtual children’s performance Curious Investigators and Digital Stage Manager for Complicité’s virtual workshops and discussions for their online tour of Can I Live?, Producer for ARC’s Digital Programme, What’s On Your Mind and has recently been appointed Assistant Producer at ARC Stockton. Humira is also involved with Kali Theatre, as part of the Discovery Programme, and is working with Young Vic’s Accessing New Technologies Programme, a six-week investigative project exploring new technology, specifically Virtual Reality. 

Leila D’Aronville

Leila has worked in the cultural sector in the North East for over 19 years’; most recently founding Tyne and Wear Cultural Freelancers which advocates and works on behalf of cultural freelancers and independents in the North East of England and is the Managing Director of Northern Roots. Leila has a passion and drive to put people at the heart of the cultural sector, developing equity and encouraging collaboration.

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