Nine Cornish creatives will feature in three special online TV shows next week showcasing the work of female creators in Cornwall, to coincide with International Women’s Day 2023.
Thinking Women, the online Facebook and YouTube show hosted by Louise Able and Mags de Valois, will air three 30-minute arts shows on March 8, 9 and 10 to shine a light on women who are making an impact with their work and the experiences that have inspired them.
The project is organised by Cultivator Cornwall and the University of Plymouth in recognition of International Women’s Day.
The special episodes – airing at 8pm across the three dates – are part of Cultivator Cornwall’s ongoing efforts to promote and develop the rich and diverse creative and cultural sectors in and around the region of Cornwall. This project is a celebration of the contributions of female creatives to the field of art and business, and the ways in which they advocate for issues of social and environmental justice.
The programmes feature musician Kelsey Michael, artists and curators from Penwith Gallery and textiles designer Cass Douglas of House of Margaux. Poet Katrina Naomi and writer and visual artist Mary Oliver were also interviewed, along with artist Emma Digerud-White, photographer Clare Elliott, architectural designer Francesca Rausa and music industry consultant Vick Bain.
Covering a range of topics – from the inspiration behind their work to the challenges they have faced as women in the industry – viewers will also hear about advocacy for gender equality, diversity, and environmentally conscious practices.
Professor Chris Bennewith, executive dean for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business at the University of Plymouth, said: “The University of Plymouth has a long history of supporting the cultural and creative industries across the region. We are working hard with Cultivator to explore exciting opportunities that showcase the creative talent across the region, supporting them to have a platform to inspire, encourage and challenge ideas and perceptions.
“We are delighted to be able to support International Women’s Day as the university believes deeply in the south west’s ability to be a region that supports and nurtures all creative talent.”
Laura Philpott, creative business advisor at Cultivator Cornwall, added: “These shows celebrate creative women in Cornwall and aim to highlight their achievements, innovation, barriers and artistic expression. We hope that through elevating the voices of women in the creative industry, we can build connections, inspire others and challenge stereotypes.”