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The Playhouse
5-7 Artillery Street , Derry, BT48 6RG
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The ‘hardest way to make an easy living’? The industry of ‘play’? The lonely world of free labour and inequities? Our greatest success story?

With more than 2 million people employed in digital and creative industries, it’s now worth £137bn a year to the UK. This new creative, tech savvy arm of the economy is a full of creative thinking, and its credited with driving our economy.

But only one quarter of those working in the digital sector are female.

What is the impact of this new mingling of story, design, and technology on women? The freelance worker, an individual, a micro‐business, an entrepreneurial women? The women starting out in this sector of autonomy, creativity and ‘play’.

Does she have to choose between art or commerce? ‘Art’ or ‘industry’? Pixels or paint?

This exciting programme of workshops, masterclasses, exhibition and other events on the theme of Women In The Creative Industries promising a week of inspiring debate, conversation and creativity.

All events will be free, open to all and have focused discussions on various areas of creative work and have contributors from various fields, men and women.

Kindly funded by DCAL

  • •Conference: Friday 11th March 9am- 5pm A one day conference, tying in with International Women’s Day, exploring the role of women in the creative industries, in line with Derry and Northern Ireland’s aspirations to grow the creative industries. Panel discussions will explore, across four panels on the day, the creative industries as a whole, changes within it, the divide between ‘art’ and ‘industry’, the mingling of story, design, and technology and the impact this growing industry is having on women and their creativity.
  • •Meet & Freak: Friday 11th March 5pm- 7pm An event where creative industries employers, artists, funders, educators, support organisations, marketers and investors and meet and network with the aim of developing opportunities for all participants. Includes information points from Theatre NI, Audiences NI, 80/81 etc.


Friday 11th March 2016



9am – 10am Breakfast

10am- 10.30am Welcome

10.30am- 11.15am Panel- Pixels or Paint

11.15am- 11.30am Tea Break

11.30am- 12.15 Panel- Coming Home to the creative industries

12.15- 1pm Lunch

1pm-2.15pm Panel- The Lonely Artist in the creative industries

2.15pm- 2.35pm Performance- You Might as Well Live

2.35pm- 3pm Tea Break

3pm-4pm In conversation with… Queen of the Track

4pm-5pm Creative Pot Luck with welcome from Eva Birth


2.15pm- 3pm Café Conversation- Creative shorts

The Playhouse Plaza

5pm- 7pm Networking Event- Meet and freak!

Panel 1

Theatre 10.30am- 11.15am

Pixels or Paint

Art Vs Industry in the creative industries

The distinction between the traditional artisan based creative arts and industrially produced cultural forms, the publicly funded and commercial. Does today’s creative economies place productivity and profit uncomfortably at the centre of the creative process? How do we value art?

Panel :

Fionnuala Deane is Managing Director of Dog Ears, children’s media company who believe in characters and stories, everywhere – on paper, on tablets, devices and in living rooms.

Charlene Hegarty began her career in Publicity and Tour Management, working campaigns for Tom Waits (Epitaph), Presidents of the United States of America (Columbia), Devotchka (Anti) and Fighting With Wire (Atlantic). In 2010, she joined DIY label Smalltown America heading up all label management operations. In 2011 she established Smalltown America Music - a dynamic full service publishing company representing song writing talent across rock, acoustic and electronic genres. Smalltown America Music now represents over 24 international talents and has secured global brand clients including Toyota, Vodafone, O2, Icon Films & Nickelodeon

Sara Greavu is a visual artist and curator of Public Programmes with CCA Derry. She was Artlink Fort Dunree Artist in Residence Winter 2012. Sara has a wealth of experience creating work around issues of race, gender and identity both in Ireland and overseas.

Chaired by

Joe Carlin is no stranger to many in the North West. Having made a name for himself in the fashion scene here in Northern Ireland, his recent practice in contemporary art has been received locally and internationally to great acclaim.

No stranger to a conversation or a microphone, Joseph has worked with Other Voices(Banter Salon), BBC TV & Radio, and has presented various events across Northern Ireland, from Fashion to Fitness. 

Panel 2

Theatre 11.30am- 12.15

Coming Home to the creative industries

Northern Ireland as a site of pioneering creative work

What draws people home to nurture their independent projects? How important is it for the creative sectors to be in place in which they engage, exchange ideas and trade? Does that produce a creative bubble, with a lack of global ambition? Are we ambitious enough in social and cultural terms for the makers of tomorrow?

Panel :

Charlotte Dryden is the creative development director at the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast, where she is responsible for youth, talent development, creative programming and outreach.

She is a co-founder of the charity Love Music Hate Racism NI and sits on the board of Over The Hill, a music collective aimed at supporting older musicians. Charlotte is currently working on a new festival called Women's Work aimed at celebrating women in music.

Margaret Henry was appointed to the role of CEO of an all-female team at Audiences NI in January 2014 following 13 years at the BBC. Since joining Margaret has been actively listening to ANI’s members to see how our offer can be developed to meet current and future needs.

Catherine Ross has 15 years experience producing award-winning factual content for people like the BBC (she was a producer on Blue Peter!) She chief operations officer of Makematic a new curated space which provides creative classes for young digital makers in Derry.

Panel 3

Theatre 1pm-2.15pm

The Lonely Artist in the creative industries

We’re happy to let the discussion take its own path but the themes we’re thinking of the way in which this industry can be characterised by high degrees of autonomy, creativity and ‘play’, but also by long working hours, a blurring of the line between work and leisure.

The ‘autonomy’ involved in freelance work can provide freedom to combine work with childcare and family life, but it can also involve isolation and a lack of solidarity with other creative workers.

What about self-care? Self-drive and ambition? What support or mentorship is there?

What about gendered aspects of these conditions, is there pressure on women now to find satisfying and enriching full-time work, uninterrupted by family commitments?

Panel :

Ursula MucHugh a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Founder and Director of The Creative Path, Yoga Teacher and Singer based in The Playhouse Theatre, Derry,Londonderry

Victoria Harrison a ballerina who has set up her own School Of Ballet

Edel Murphy Small Grants Programme Officer at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.She isa champion of disabled artists and Arts.

Friz is a Belfast based artist who works in both traditional and digital mediums. She is primarily known for her large scale mural artwork which can be throughout Ireland.

Her work revolves around the female form, exploring aspects of nature and identity.

Chaired by

Una Monaghan

A harpist, composer, technologist; just outstanding. She also runs a series called JamJar: conversations with/concerts by female experimental musicians.


Theatre 2.15pm- 2.35pm

You Might as Well Live

A short extract from a new play by Sean McMahon

Performed by Mairead Mullan and Mary Murphy

Directed by Ken McCormack

Dorothy Parker and Edna St Vincent Millay were two of the most gifted of American literary ladies of the first half of the twentieth century. They both wrote verse, Dorothy’s often wickedly satirical – she was known as the wittiest woman in America – that of Vincent (as she preferred to be called) marvellously sensual and lyrical. What follows is an excerpt from a play which describes their imagined meeting in some anteroom to infinity.

The full show will be performed at The Playhouse for National Poetry Day on Thursday 6th October at 8pm.

Session 4

Theatre 3pm-4pm

In conversation with…

Queen of the Track

Join the editorial team of Liverpool based feminist ezine

Queen of the Track is a zine and digital platform for self-identified women run by a tiny team of feminists and friends based in Liverpool.

Aimed at creative and thinking women, Queen of the Track offers energetic articles and perceptive polemic from varied writers; including dynamic fashion and using make-up as dramatic theatrical fun; tackle issues of gender politics, history, literature and encourage insightful social debate.

Without taking it’s self too seriously Queen of the Track offers a much needed alternative to traditional magazine offerings for women; ambitious and funny, Queen of the Track is vogue on crack.


Stephanie Gavan is a visual artist and writer based in Liverpool, working across text, sound, moving image and sculpture. She graduated from Goldsmiths College, London in 2014 where she studied Fine Art and History of Art. Since returning to Liverpool she has undergone training with Liverpool Biennial as well as joining the Queen of the Track team as Co-Editor.

Flis Mitchell is and artist and project maker based in North Liverpool, in 2009 she co-founded the Liverpool Roller Birds and in 2012 co-directed Liverpool's first commercial art fair CAVE. She co-founded Queen of the Track in 2012. Flis has worked extensively in participation and project management. Flis's art practice is primarily drawing research, focusing on the parameters of contemporary drawing.

Hannah is an Artist based in the Royal Standard, Liverpool. Hannah works as part of creative collaborative duo, Faux Queens, with Amy Ryan Brew, regularly using performance and costume to address ideas around the theatre of gender. Hannah is a co-founder and co-editor of Queen of the Track, a self-published feminist zine and webzine. 

Chaired by

Joe no stranger to many in the North West. Having made a name for himself in the fashion scene here in Northern Ireland, his recent practice in contemporary art has been received locally and internationally to great acclaim.

No stranger to a conversation or a microphone, Joseph has worked with Other Voices(Banter Salon), BBC TV & Radio, and has presented various events across Northern Ireland, from Fashion to Fitness. 

Theatre 4pm-5pm

Creative Pot Luck 

Café Conversation

Bar 2.15pm- 3pm

Creative Shorts

Hear artists, creatives and experts in their field share their knowledge over a cup of coffee!

Hear 5 minutes of creativity each from…

Niamh O Donnell

One of Northern Ireland’s most emerging promising producing talents, Alleycat Niamh produced All4 Helluva Tour, RTE1/ BBC1 NI Stetsons and Stilettoes, BBC4/ Showtime Killing Me Softly: The Roberta Flack Story, BBC1 NI Music City/ CBBC Hit The Stage, as well as working on Life Patrol, and Here Comes The Summer: the Undertones Story.

Niamh is now back in her hometown after a long period in exile, studying Drama at Trinity College Dublin, and working as a director/actor in theatre in Dublin and Belfast.

Michael Barwise

Michael Barwise is a filmmaker, director and photographer living in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Michael studied BA (Hons) Film Production at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Farnham, won Best Art Film at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) in York.He is currently working on his fourth short film, Bucket.

Jilly St John

Jilly is a singer, former model, actress and blogger. She was a member of the Clipper Round the World Race Crew 2015/16. She is frontwoman of local rock outfit Wyldling.

Marie Clare Duncan

Graduate Entrepreneur in Residence at Eighty81 in Derry. Her business idea is to create a unique fashion brand, with an online clothing store consisting of all over printed garments designed by myself and produced within the UK. Block Clothing is a fashion brand which caters for fashion lovers' sense of style, individuality, and personality. Block Clothing is also a proud advocate of ethical production methods in order to raise awareness and tackle global issues such as sweatshops and child labour.


All day, Friday 11th March

The Playhouse

Makematic will create educational content around the theme of Women In Creative Industries.

Throughout the conference they will film bespoke interviews with our panellists and guests with the aim creating a lasting online resource for any women considering this as a potential employment sector. Keep your eyes peeled for it online at

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