Speakers & Contributors

CultureShift 2 Conference

Ivor Davies – Chair of the Conference

Ivor is an independent adviser and researcher in international cultural policy, with extensive expertise in European, national and local contexts.  His long-term project: ‘artseurope50: bridges in European arts policy’, aims to foster new inter-disciplinary connections between the arts sector, civil society and policy-makers, and research more coherent approaches to shared cultural decision-making.
Originally grounded in theatre, he has diverse experience across the arts, education, independent consultancy and public policy. Previously (2000- 2010) he was Director of Performing Arts for Arts Council England and Acting Director: International Strategy (2009). Since 2010 he has worked widely across Europe, researching and shaping new ideas and alliances. For several years he has been working independently with Relais Culture Europe (France), as a core member of I-TEAM: a Europe-wide peer-learning programme on art and politics in an evolving Europe. In 2016, he was commissioned by Culture Action Europe as Researcher/Writer of a new reader on cultural networking and Programme Associate for Agenda 21 for Culture: Pilot Cities in partnership with United Cities and Local Government.

Key Note Speakers:

Helen Featherstone, Senior Relationship Manager, Arts Council of England

Helen Featherstone is Senior Manager, Engagement and Audiences at Arts Council England where she has worked since 2009.  Helen has worked in the arts since 1997 in various audience development and management roles engaging a range of people, communities and audiences in the arts.  The impact of arts on well-being is a key area of interest and has been part of Helen’s work for many years, as has engaging people that wouldn’t ordinarily say that the arts was for them.  Helen leads on the national evaluation of ‘Creative People and Places’.  This Arts Council England initiative aims to get more people, from places in England that have lower levels of arts engagement, involved and actively engaged in the arts.  To date £57 Million has been invested in 21 places over the last 5 years.  Helen has been working with the Swedish Arts Council Kulturrådet, who have adopted Creative People and Places in Sweden.


Emma Dunton, Producer 14-18 NOW

Emma Dunton is a producer at 14-18 NOW, the First World War Centenary Arts Programme for the UK, and was responsible for overseeing the commission of Jeremy Deller’s artwork ‘we’re here because we’re here’. This event took place on 1 July 2016 in which hundreds of volunteers marked the centenary of the Battle of the Somme by representing soldiers who had died on that day. Other projects that Emma developed for 2016 include: 306 Dawn by National Theatre Scotland, Fierce Light at Norfolk and Norwich Festival, the Syrian National Orchestra by Africa Express at Glastonbury and the Royal Festival Hall, and Young Men by Balletboyz.

Emma’s background is in producing theatre which includes running ATC alongside Gordo Anderson for seven years commissioning, premiering, and touring international plays in the UK. She has worked with a broad range of large and small cultural organizations, from Paines Plough to Southbank Centre, and as Senior Theatre Officer at Arts Council England.
She specializes in commissioning, developing and producing high-profile performing art projects in theatre, festivals, music, literature, film and dance, and outdoor performance events throughout the UK and internationally.

Emma Keith,  Head of Broadcast and National Theatre Live

Emma Keith has worked as part of National Theatre Live, the ground-breaking initiative to broadcast plays live from the National’s stages to cinemas worldwide for more than 7 years. Producing the programme for more than 4 years, it now reaches over 2,600 cinemas in more than 60 countries and since its launch has reached a global audience of almost 6 million people.
Her role also encompasses the On Demand: In Schools platform which provides free access to select National Theatre Live broadcasts for schools across the UK, reaching more than 2,700 schools since it’s inception. She oversees the digital learning content for the National Theatre, a team of in-house Film-makers and Editors as well as leading on partnerships with broadcasters.
She trained in Dance and then worked at Arts Council England and the UK Film Council before returning to education and completing a Masters Degree in Digital Culture and Technology at Kings College London.


Alistair Spalding

Alistair Spalding – Sadler’s Wells

Alistair Spalding CBE has been the Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells since 2004. He has been responsible for programming at the theatre since February 2000, when he joined as Director of Programming.

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Jerry AertsJerry Aerts – DeSingel

Jerry Aerts is the General and Artistic Manager of the international arts campus DeSingel. He studied journalism and communication sciences (Brussels University).  He worked in public relations, advertising and sales promotion for the Belgian Housing Society and for Sony Belgium.

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Sue Hoyle

 Sue Hoyle – Clore Leadership Programme

Sue has extensive experience of senior positions in the arts: prior to joining the Clore Leadership Programme, she was Executive Director of The Place. Other posts have included Head of Arts for the British Council in France and Deputy Secretary General of Arts Council England. She is currently a Trustee of the British Council, and has previously served on the boards of London Philharmonic Orchestra, DV8 Physical Theatre and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.

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Monica Urian De Sousa

Monica Urian de Sousa – European Commission

Monica Urian de Sousa is the Programme Manager at the European Commission – Directorate General Education and Culture – responsible for the ‘audience development’ priority within the Creative Europe Programme – Culture. In addition, Monica is in charge of the EU Prize for contemporary architecture/ Mies van der Rohe award, the EU Prize for cultural heritage/ Europa Nostra award and the European Heritage Days, a joint action with the Council of Europe.

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Graham Devlin

Graham Devlin – Cultural Strategist & Former Deputy Secretary General, Arts Council of England

Graham Devlin is a creative artist, senior arts manager and cultural strategist.  He has served on numerous Arts Boards and Arts Council and Government committees and is currently Chair of Tipping Point, Vice Chair of the Royal Court Theatre and a board member of Derby Theatre.

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Lars Seeberg

Lars Seeberg – Theatron Network

Lars Seeberg is the director of the Theatron network, and the founder of see@rt where he advises theatres, multicultural venues and funding initiatives. His career started out in the field of drama both as a dramaturge at Odense Theater and as a professor at The Theatre School in Odense.  Lars Seeberg’s voice is often heard in the Danish public debate where he has advocated for a more united, cosmopolitan and passionate European vision for culture.

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Meta Stular – Zavod Culturemaker

Meta Stular is the founder of the Culturemaker Institute – a Slovenian agency focussing on cultural development and project management in the area of culture and urban regeneration. She is working with diverse forms of organizations ranging from non-governmental to governmental sectors, intergovernmental institutions, networks and private companies in Slovenia and abroad.

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Benita LippsBenita Lipps – DaVinci Institute

As Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute, Benita Lipps is responsible for European networks and the DaVinci Think-Tank. She specialises in EU network management, stakeholder engagement, and leadership strategy. With a background in non-profit management, Benita has been supporting collaborations, projects and partnerships between creatives from science, society and culture for over 15 years.

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Andrew Ormston

Andrew Ormston – Drew Wylie (UK)

Andrew Ormston is the founder and director of Drew Wylie Ltd. He is a senior creative manager and consultant with extensive experience in project development / delivery across the cultural and creative industries.  Specialisms include cultural and regeneration and interdisciplinary project development.

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Sheffield Theatres
 is the largest theatre complex outside London. Across our three auditoria: the Crucible, the Lyceum and the Crucible Studio, we offer a huge variety of home-grown and touring productions, as well as a thriving programme of participatory events and activities.