Speakers & Performance
All Speakers and Performances have limited capacities. Please indicate which events you would like to attend when ordering your ticket.
Race to Refuge
10 MARCH :: 11:00AM – 1:00PM // SWG3 ARCH 24
Participate in an relational/interactive performance–by Minka Stoyanova–about the movement and difficulties of refugees.The visual and experiential impact of this activity will highlight the lack of refuge facing many families and individuals who are actively trying to escape dangerous global regions.
// This performance involves running – participants are at their own risk. //
10 MARCH :: 6:30pm // Conference Room, RCS
Amber Hickey (San Diego, USA) is an artist, curator and writer currently based in Zurich. She has worked in Glasgow, Montreal, Zurich, London, Amsterdam, New York City, Berdyansk (Ukraine), Athens and Karela (India). Currently she is in the process of completing two books (The Guidebook of Alternative Nows & The Curinity Project) and a new curatorial project (White Bike Zurich). She is the assistant of the Postgraduate Programme in Curating at the Zurich University of the Arts, where she is also completing her MAS Thesis. She also proofreads and contributes to the web journal OnCurating.org. [www.amberhickey.com]
Robert Softely Gale
10 MARCH :: 5:00pm // Conference Room, RCS CANCELLED
After graduating from Glasgow University, Robert’s first professional acting job was in 2002. He then spent the following years working for theatre companies throughout the UK, appearing in shows such as ‘The Threepenny Opera’ and ‘Heelz n Wheelz’, a show about disabled drag queens – as well as for the BBC on both radio and TV. In 2005 Robert joined Birds of Paradise as their Agent for Change, which saw him shift focus to look at policy and training in the area of arts and disability. He then went on to the post of Equalities Officer (Arts and Disability) for the Scottish Arts Council where he initiated and developed a number of programmes and projects that enabled arts organisations to engage with disabled people and enabled disabled artists to develop their practice. Unlimited – the disability arts commission fund that has been developed by London 2012 and the four UK arts councils – was of particular significance during this time.
Robert is now a co-director of flip – disability equality in the arts (http://www.flip.org.uk). Alongside Mairi Taylor, Robert established flip to support arts organisations and artists in Scotland who wish to embed equalities within the fabric of their working practice. Flip has been in operation for almost two years and in that time has established partnerships with Edinburgh International Festival, Federation of Scottish Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland, engage Scotland and many others.
At the core of Robert’s working practice is a belief that by creating key partnerships, we can develop an arts sector in Scotland that is inclusive of disabled people and that reflects the society in which we live. [www.flip.org.uk]