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Up Front with Arike Oke & Esther Hallberg

Commissioned by Hull Museums and produced by ARCADE
Hosted by Rach Drew


FRIDAY 10th JUNE, 2022

1pm - 2pm

Free online Event via Zoom

Arcade hosted an online for a chat with brilliant female leaders from the culture and heritage sector.  Designed for women working in museums or archives, or those interested in a career in the industry.

An Overview

72 tickets sold 

2 culture and heritage leaders

Around 40% ticket sales to students

Around 20% ticket sales to museum and culture professionals 

1 hour interactive conversation

We invited women to recharge their energy in an hour-long talk aimed to support, inspire and embolden women. Including Q&As, all sessions were a trans-inclusive space for women, femme identifying and non-binary folk to have safe and honest discussion about their experiences in culture.

About Arike Oke
Arike Oke is a noted cultural leader, a registered archivist and curator. She is Executive Director of Knowledge and Collections at the British Film Institute. Formerly she was the Managing Director for Black Cultural Archives, the home of Black British history.


She’s worked in heritage for over 15 years, from the seminal Connecting Histories project in Birmingham, to developing Wellcome Collection’s archive, and co-convening Hull’s first official Black History Month. Her fiction is published in magazines and anthologies. Her critical art writing has been featured in The Girls Are and This is Tomorrow. Her academic writing has appeared in journals. She has written an anti-racism book for children to be published in 2022.

About Esther Hallberg

Esther Hallberg is the Access and Inclusion Manager for Hull Museums. In over 15 years in the heritage sector, Esther has worked as an Education Officer, including at the Hull History Centre creating the education programme from scratch and as a Freelancer developing museums education sessions across Yorkshire. 


As well as a specialism in Access, she developed expertise in Early Years as the Under 5s Project Developer at Hull Museums from 2015-18. During this time she project managed the Explore Art gallery for Under 5s, which was Highly Commended at the 2018 Museums + Heritage Awards.


Attendees described the event as: encouraging, inspiring, personal, inspirational and supportive.



Up Front was captioned and facilitated as a relaxed event.  Anyone with access requirements was encouraged to let ARCADE know in advance.

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