Mulberry School for Girls’ Inaugural Education Lecture took place on 22nd October 2015. This was the first of a new series of annual events for students and valued friends of the school, which aims to foreground and celebrate the relationship between education and industry.
Our inaugural education lecture was delivered by Jude Kelly CBE, a successful theatre director. Jude founded the acclaimed West Yorkshire Playhouse and sat on the National Advisory Committee for Culture, Creativity and Education, which drove forward significant government investment in young people’s creative and cultural education. She joined Southbank Centre as Artistic Director in 2005, and founded the Women of the World (WOW) Festival in 2010. Now a significant global brand, WOW Festival celebrates the lives and achievements of women and girls all over the world, bringing together artists, performers and speakers from a huge range of disciplines and backgrounds to spotlight women’s lives, their successes, and the obstacles against which they continue to struggle. At the lecture, Jude argued that creativity, culture and the arts play a central role in education, and must be fought for and protected.
We are very grateful to Jude for granting us her time and to all who joined us to celebrate the value of arts education, in particular to Ansford Academy, who travelled all the way from Somerset to be there. The event was attended by Mulberry students who have made an admirable commitment to arts subjects at school and the evening provided them with opportunities to network with inspiring professionals from the arts and education sectors.