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.
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.
The University and Museums are still problematic in terms of race and gender, but your journey is an inspiration in itself to go from BCA to BFI and beyond
This has been a wonderful relaxed session, such a great change from meetings where the focus has been promoting projects. These personal, but constructive recollections of working in the sector have been a joy.
What a lovely supportive relaxed space , thank you for your insight and inspiration
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.