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Join us for a series of afternoon panel discussions which cover a whole spectrum of topics which will help you to navigate your own path in the world of arts, culture and technology.

The Programme:

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Tue 20 Jul 

2pm: Audio – Working in the World of Sound

For this discussion we will be joined by:

Rachel Jackson:
Rachel Jackson is a Music and Arts Programmer. Rachel has worked in the music industry for the last decade programming acts for large-scale arts venues and festivals. Clients include LiveNation, Wilderness Festival, Love Supreme Festival, Lovebox Festival, Citadel Festival, Kings Place, The Old Church Stoke Newington, for the British Council and more.

Sangeeta Pillai:
Podcaster, activist & speaker Sangeeta Pillai is the founder of the feminist network Soul Sutras tackling taboos in South Asian culture.

She’s the creator of Masala Podcast, winner at the British Podcast Awards & also Spotify SoundUp 2018. She’s also behind the Masala Monologues series of writing workshops & theatre shows in the UK & the US.

Sangeeta has been featured on BBC Radio London, Observer, Cosmopolitan, Evening Standard, Huffington Post & more.

Dennis Cooke:
Dennis is Rich Mix’s Technical Co-ordinator. He specialises in lighting and is a sound engineer. Most of the events you see at Rich Mix have had Dennis’s technical input in them. Dennis is also a fantastic DJ.

Christy Ku:
Christy Ku is a poet, performer and workshop facilitator. She is an alumna of the Barbican Young Poets, Making Lemonade, National Youth Theatre and New Earth Academy, and a BBC 1Xtra’s Words First 2019 finalist. Christy has worked on commissions including poetry films, spoken word tracks and theatre shows with organisations such as the BBC, Apples & Snakes and the Barbican. She has been published in numerous anthologies including PanMacmillan, Own It! Publishing, and Magma Poetry. Christy founded BESEA Poets, a platform for British based East and South-East Asian poets. She is also the co-host and editor of the TeaTotal podcast.


Tue 27 Jul 

2pm: 21st Century Hustle – Making Money in the Arts

For this discussion we will be joined by: Emil Socialize, Founder Socialize Media; Georgia Mitchell, Rich Mix Finance Officer; Amina Darwish, Head of Rights Pluto Press.

Emil Socialize:
Emil is the Founding Director of Socialize Media a video production company that creates content for TV film and online. Emil is also a Broadcast Journalism lecturer at the University of Arts London.  

He graduated with a Batchelor of Science in Business Information Systems and worked in graphic design before moving into software builds for brands including Cable & Wireless, NTL, Accenture, Sky and MMC. 

After ten years in the job Emil was made redundant, and knew he needed something more creative for my next move; he was bitten creative bug and left the  Fintech sector for freelance videography and won contracts with EMAP, Sony, BBC, Kiss FM and Relentless Records.  

In 2014 Emil embarked on my most ambitious project; to create the world’s first ever feature-length documentary about trainers and the sub culture here in Britain. Armed with a cameras and and trainer knowledge, I delved into the world of the SoleSeeker and the award winning film, titled ‘Soleseekers’, was born. 

Amina Darwish:
Amina Darwish is Head of Rights at Pluto Press; an independent publisher of radical, left‐wing non-fiction books. She is responsible for selling translation rights and developing partnerships for Pluto’s books in various formats including audio. Before joining Pluto, Amina was Director of Commercial Enterprises at Whitechapel Gallery; where she looked after a portfolio of income generating activities including artists’ editions, events, publications as well as the on-site bookshop, café & restaurant. Prior to that she held business development roles at the Natural History Museum and Yale University Press in London.

Georgia Mitchell:

Georgia Mitchell is the Producer at FEM Zine, a London-based arts platform with a queer focus, running its independent publisher FEM Press under its umbrella. FEM Press publishes zines, books and political pamphlets aiming to amplify voices lesser heard and previously unpublished, and FEM Zine produces digital content and hosts events across arts disciplines, including three FEM Festivals involving zine fairs and performances from London artists and musicians. They read English at university, before falling into the more logistical side of the arts, and now works as the Finance Officer at Rich Mix, running FEM with its Director part-time.


Tue 3 Aug 

2pm: Visual – Eye Catching Careers

For this discussion we will be joined by Ada Jusic, Animator; ​​Jamal Peace, Artist / Motion Designer; Jess Stratton, Tattoo Artist; Andrew Farid Demetry, Founder of NAFS.SPACE; Dreph, Visual Artist.

Ada Jusic:
Ada Jusic is a Bosnian artist and animator. Her work is strongly influenced by storytelling, dialogue and investigation; particularly the stories and experiences of marginalised communities. As a refugee who came to the UK in the early 90s, art and creativity was how she made sense of her story and identity. Now she works to help others do the same – through making thought provoking animation and illustration. 

She is now focused on working within her community in Newham. She is often working with youth groups and is passionate about advocating for young people to have better access to arts.

​​Jamal Peace:
An Ex-electrician now a self taught generalist who works with animation, graffiti & 3D design for over 10 years

Experience includes cultivating clients, building brands, marketing campaigns and team leading

Jess Stratton:
Former fashion pr manager turned contemporary tattoo artist, opting for a massive career change mid pandemic. Jess works for “the most amazing tattoo studio” called Kink Peckham who pride themselves on being a “safe space tattoo place.”

Andrew Farid Demetry:
Born and raised in Copenhagen, Andrew decided to follow his passion for the arts in London in 2006. After studying Fashion Design and Marketing, Fine Art BA and Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation MA, he began to work within both the Art and Fashion industries in London. From curating, developing and project managing an event space in East London in 2009, to conceptualising windows and installs for companies such as Christian Louboutin and Browns Fashion.  

Due to the lack of Arab representation within the creative industries, Andrew founded NAFS.SPACE, an online platform celebrating creative Queers from the SWANA Regions. varying from artists, fashion designers, musicians and writers. 


Dreph is a visual artist working across a wide range of media. With a focus on portraiture and painting the human figure, Dreph’s subjects are everyday people, friends, family or those he meets whilst painting in the streets. With exploration of colour and an attention to sartorial detail, he uses his work to tell his subjects stories.

He is inspired, as much by 80s British sci-fi comics and New York subway art, as he is the old masters. Dreph is passionate about the cultural and creative exchange that can be shared whilst travelling and this has profoundly informed his practice. After 3 decades of street based painting, Dreph’s work can be found in Asia, Africa, the UAE, Central, South and North America and throughout Europe.

Dreph is an Illustration lecturer at Portsmouth University. He lives and works in London.


Tue 10 Aug

POSTPONED: 2pm: Race , Culture and Creativity 

This event has been postponed, we will reschedule it shortly. For this discussion we will be joined by: Akua GyamfiFounder of The British Blacklist; Shanice Shields Mills, Founder Kallure Consulting; Maryam Abdullah, #BecauseWeveRead

An open discussion on how race and culture impacts creativity and the arts.

With light now being shone on racism in the UK and the rest of the world and the rise of political movements like BLM , the context of this conversation is the haunting of colonialism that sits in the air and the distaste for, and appropriation of, various cultures.

Does race and culture have a massive impact on how we create and what we create? How important is creativity as a culture for unity?

Shanice Shields-Mills:

Shanice Shields-Mills is the Founder and Managing Director of Kallure; a communications agency that delivers services for clients across lifestyle and tech. A communications specialist, providing high quality public relation services across international markets within finance, technology and consumer brands. Shanice started her career organising music events under Grounded Live in collaboration with LinkUp TV and completed a number of interns including assisting the Fashion Editor of Notion magazine. 

Maryam Abdullah 

Maryam Abdullah  is a creative producer in East London. She spearheads the London group of the international book club #BecauseWeveRead and hosts conversations on topics such as race, colonialism, empire etc. She is also the Project Manager of Muslim Girls Fence (a project that combines fencing with creativity), the Young Adult producer for MFest: A festival of Muslim knowledge and creativity, and a Coordinator for the Newham Word Festival, supporting young people to produce events in their local areas. Through all her different roles, Maryam is focused on creating safe spaces for marginalised communities, where they/we can learn, create, imagine and thrive together.  


Tue 17 Aug 

2pm: Concept – When Ideas are the Engine

For this discussion we will be joined by: Archie Maddocks, Writer and Comedian; Poppy Reeve Tucker, Executive Creative Director, We Are Family; Martha Rumney, Rich Mix Producer and Carrot, performance artist; Jen Wakefield, We Are Family London.

Archie Maddocks:
Archie is a multi-talented, multi-disciplined creative artist, with extensive experience in Comedy and Drama. As a Stand-Up Comedian, Archie is a confident, cheerful, provocative and most importantly hilarious award winning stand-up comedian armed with a natural stage presence, quick acerbic wit and a ‘winning smile’ – he’s worked all over Europe, North and Central America, Africa and Asia. As a writer, his work has been produced at the Bush Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Orange Tree Theatre, Royal Court, and in New York at the New Light Theatre for theatre, BBC Radio 4, and Sky One for TV show INTERGALACTIC.

Carrot is a non-binary drag vegetable from outer space. They crash landed on this planet in 2018 with the goal of spreading joy, silliness and campery to the queer venues in London. They’ve since established themselves as a staple of non-binary drag, created The Enby Show, been called “everyone’s favourite drag vegetable” by TimeOut London and performed across the UK.  

Jen Wakefield:
Jen Wakefield is a senior event designer for Shoreditch based creative events agency, We Are Family London. Having trained in Interior design, she found her home in the events industry years later. She is now a creative lead for digital and in-person events such as bespoke creative conferences and parties with up to 3000 guests for clients including Facebook, Sport England and Kantar. 

(More panelist information to come) 

Tue 24 Aug 

2pm: The Road Less Travelled– Twists and Turns in Jobs and Life 

For this discussion we will be joined by: Lynne Egwuekwe, Product Designer, This Place; Dwayne Nosworthy, Actor/Choreographer/Presenter; Simone Dyer, The Most Sacred Journey; Rachael Jones, Digital Marketing Officer, Rich Mix.

Simone Dyer:
Simone is immersed in the world of wellbeing & healing. She is a MotherGuide, a name that encompasses her expansive work in birth keeping and intuitive energy & body work, specialising in womb wellness. As part of her work she also shares her experience and wisdom through guiding both group and one to one sessions, exploring meditation, mindfulness and ways to know ‘self’ in a deeper, more connected way. Simone works with those committed to their own personal development and healing. Her intention is to always hold a safe, heart led space where you leave feeling inspired, empowered and deeply nourished. 

Lynne Egwuekwe
Lynne Egwuekwe is a Product Designer at Shoreditch based agency This Place, who design and create websites, apps and digital products for businesses globally. 

Having worked as an actor, Lynne decided to switch careers and has since been named one of Google & The Dots 50 young creatives to watch, Livity’s 100 Future List and most recently was a juror for the internationally recognised D&AD New Blood awards, as part of the Spotify design panel. 

Lynne is a firm believer that creative thinking and skills can be utilised in a variety of industries and that more thorough careers education is paramount to empowering the next generation of creatives. 

Rachael Jones:
Rachael is Digital Marketing Officer at Rich Mix. She is also studying for an MA in Arts and Cultural Enterprise at Central Saint Martins.

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