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Programme Producers and Partners

AD:Vantage is produced by Helga Henry and Lara Ratnaraja.  We are independent arts consultants with a particular interest in developing leadership talent in the arts, culture and heritage sectors.  Previously we have delivered programmes in Birmingham including RE:Present and ASTON-ish.  These programmes, like AD:Vantage were designed to transform the diversity of cultural leadership.  You can find out more about them and us in the FAQs (Jump to FAQ).

The programme is funded by Coventry City Council and we are working in partnership with New Art West Midlands, Coventry Biennial and Warwick University.

Our Team

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Producers

Lara Ratnaraja

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Lara is a freelance consultant specialising in diversity, leadership, collaboration, ideas, innovation cultural policy implementation within the HE, cultural and digital sector.

She develops and delivers projects and policy on how culture and digital technology intersect for a number of national partners as well as programmes around leadership, resilience and business development for the arts.

She is currently delivering and developing cross sector projects with private, public, HE and other education partners.

She co-produced RE:Present and ASTONish with Helga Henry ; leadership development programmes which supported the development of cultural leaders from diverse backgrounds so that the cultural ecology of the city better reflects its changing demographic. Funding partners were Arts Council England andBirmingham City Council.

She was also a broker on the University of Birmingham AHRC Funded CATH Project (Collaborative Triple Helix) which developed 19 collaborative projects across the East and West Midlands with academics , cultural organisations and digital SMEs. The research project led to long term collaborative working and investment. She subsequently became Senior Research Facilitator leveraging investment for further knowledge transfer and research collaborations between academics, cultural organisations and artists across the sector.

Lara has also developed, managed and delivered successful ERDF, ESF, ACE and other funded and non funded programmes and projects cross sectors and is well respected as a key influencer in the development of sector policy.

She is on the Board of Derby Theatres and Vivid Projects and the Advisory Groups for Coventry Biennial and SHOUT Festival. She is on the Midlands Area Council for Arts Council England, the Equality Monitoring Group for Arts Council Wales, and is a Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre Industry Champion.

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Helga Henry

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Helga Henry is a consultant specialising in developing strategy and resilience in the Creative and Cultural sector. Recent clients include the Royal Albert Hall, FirstSite Gallery, Colchester, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and a variety of West Midlands based organisations including Coventry City of Culture 2021, DASH, Birmingham Rep and Fierce Festival. Until 2018 she was Director of Organisational Development at Birmingham Hippodrome, a role which focused on the organisation’s culture and leadership together with strategic consultancy projects and thought leadership. Immediately prior to this role she was Lead Consultant at Creative Shift – a wholly owned subsidiary of the theatre which brought business skills to creatives and creativity to business. Her perspective – as a former corporate solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in arts organisations nationally and internationally – combines commercial savvy, artistic vision and incisive observation. Her experience includes advising a range of national arts organisations and a secondment at St Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY where she worked with the team on the strategic plan that led to the creation of an award-winning theatre space which opened in 2015. A former Clore fellow (2008-2010 NESTA supported fellow for Entrepreneurial Organisations), with her friend and respected consultant colleague Dr Andrew Bass, she is the co-author of “NetworkAbility – Building your business one relationship at a time”, published in November 2016 Helga is on the Board of Beatfreeks Arts, Thames Festival Trust and the Creative Advantage Fund West Midlands, the first dedicated Venture Capital fund for the creative industries.





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Advisory Group

Sonia Boué

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Sonia Boué is an artist. Her multiform work explores home and the domestic as metaphors for exile and displacement. Sonia has a significant body of postmemory work. She is also a writer on autism and art, and a leading consultant for neurodiversity in the arts. She is a Board member for a-n The Artists Information Company and Artist Member for CVAN SE.

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Becki Morris

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Lara is a freelance consultant specialising in diversity, leadership, collaboration, ideas, innovation cultural policy implementation within the HE, cultural and digital sector.

She develops and delivers projects and policy on how culture and digital technology intersect for a number of national partners as well as programmes around leadership, resilience and business development for the arts.

She is currently delivering and developing cross sector projects with private, public, HE and other education partners.

She co-produced RE:Present and ASTONish with Helga Henry ; leadership development programmes which supported the development of cultural leaders from diverse backgrounds so that the cultural ecology of the city better reflects its changing demographic. Funding partners were Arts Council England andBirmingham City Council.

She was also a broker on the University of Birmingham AHRC Funded CATH Project (Collaborative Triple Helix) which developed 19 collaborative projects across the East and West Midlands with academics , cultural organisations and digital SMEs. The research project led to long term collaborative working and investment. She subsequently became Senior Research Facilitator leveraging investment for further knowledge transfer and research collaborations between academics, cultural organisations and artists across the sector.

Lara has also developed, managed and delivered successful ERDF, ESF, ACE and other funded and non funded programmes and projects cross sectors and is well respected as a key influencer in the development of sector policy.

She is on the Board of Derby Theatres and Vivid Projects and the Advisory Groups for Coventry Biennial and SHOUT Festival. She is on the Midlands Area Council for Arts Council England, the Equality Monitoring Group for Arts Council Wales, and is a Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre Industry Champion.

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Craig Ashley

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Craig Ashley is a curator and producer based in the West Midlands. He led the visual arts programme at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) from 2009 to 2016. Notable exhibitions for MAC include By the Rivers of Birminam (2012), an important retrospective of the work of renowned photographer Vanley Burke, Disrupted (2015) curated by Noëmi Lakmaier addressing Disability and the civic space, and Shock & Awe (2016), newly commissioned drawings by Barbara Walker acknowledging the contribution of Black servicemen and women to British war efforts over the past 100 years. In 2016, he curated Peter Kennard’s retrospective exhibition, Off Message. He is currently Director of New Art West Midlands, the contemporary visual arts network for the region. He serves on the Advisory Board of Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, and is Chair of DASH, a leading Disabled led visual arts organisation.

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Philippa Cross

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Lara is a freelance consultant specialising in diversity, leadership, collaboration, ideas, innovation cultural policy implementation within the HE, cultural and digital sector.

She develops and delivers projects and policy on how culture and digital technology intersect for a number of national partners as well as programmes around leadership, resilience and business development for the arts.

She is currently delivering and developing cross sector projects with private, public, HE and other education partners.

She co-produced RE:Present and ASTONish with Helga Henry ; leadership development programmes which supported the development of cultural leaders from diverse backgrounds so that the cultural ecology of the city better reflects its changing demographic. Funding partners were Arts Council England andBirmingham City Council.

She was also a broker on the University of Birmingham AHRC Funded CATH Project (Collaborative Triple Helix) which developed 19 collaborative projects across the East and West Midlands with academics , cultural organisations and digital SMEs. The research project led to long term collaborative working and investment. She subsequently became Senior Research Facilitator leveraging investment for further knowledge transfer and research collaborations between academics, cultural organisations and artists across the sector.

Lara has also developed, managed and delivered successful ERDF, ESF, ACE and other funded and non funded programmes and projects cross sectors and is well respected as a key influencer in the development of sector policy.

She is on the Board of Derby Theatres and Vivid Projects and the Advisory Groups for Coventry Biennial and SHOUT Festival. She is on the Midlands Area Council for Arts Council England, the Equality Monitoring Group for Arts Council Wales, and is a Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre Industry Champion.

Twitter

LinkedIn ⧉

PEC⧉

Photo credit: Ian Davies Photo





Mojere Ajayi-Eugunjobi

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Helga Henry is a consultant specialising in developing strategy and resilience in the Creative and Cultural sector. Recent clients include the Royal Albert Hall, FirstSite Gallery, Colchester, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and a variety of West Midlands based organisations including Coventry City of Culture 2021, DASH, Birmingham Rep and Fierce Festival. Until 2018 she was Director of Organisational Development at Birmingham Hippodrome, a role which focused on the organisation’s culture and leadership together with strategic consultancy projects and thought leadership. Immediately prior to this role she was Lead Consultant at Creative Shift – a wholly owned subsidiary of the theatre which brought business skills to creatives and creativity to business. Her perspective – as a former corporate solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in arts organisations nationally and internationally – combines commercial savvy, artistic vision and incisive observation. Her experience includes advising a range of national arts organisations and a secondment at St Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY where she worked with the team on the strategic plan that led to the creation of an award-winning theatre space which opened in 2015. A former Clore fellow (2008-2010 NESTA supported fellow for Entrepreneurial Organisations), with her friend and respected consultant colleague Dr Andrew Bass, she is the co-author of “NetworkAbility – Building your business one relationship at a time”, published in November 2016 Helga is on the Board of Beatfreeks Arts, Thames Festival Trust and the Creative Advantage Fund West Midlands, the first dedicated Venture Capital fund for the creative industries.





Kim Hackleman

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Sonia Boué is an artist. Her multiform work explores home and the domestic as metaphors for exile and displacement. Sonia has a significant body of postmemory work. She is also a writer on autism and art, and a leading consultant for neurodiversity in the arts. She is a Board member for a-n The Artists Information Company and Artist Member for CVAN SE.

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Instagram ⧉





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Coventry City Council

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Sonia Boué is an artist. Her multiform work explores home and the domestic as metaphors for exile and displacement. Sonia has a significant body of postmemory work. She is also a writer on autism and art, and a leading consultant for neurodiversity in the arts. She is a Board member for a-n The Artists Information Company and Artist Member for CVAN SE.

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Instagram ⧉





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Partners

Coventry Biennial 2021

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“Founded in 1965 the University of Warwick is one of the world’s leading research institutions and is ranked in the top of UK and top 20 of European universities. With a renowned reputation for combining excellence in research and teaching, with innovation and links with business, industry and the arts, the University of Warwick is home to the Warwick Arts Centre and is a Principal Partner of Coventry City of Culture 2021 - underpinned by our four strategic priorities: innovation, inclusion, regional leadership and internationalisation.” Twitter accounts The Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies ⧉ Warwick Enterprise ⧉ University of Warwick ⧉





New Art West Midlands

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Helga Henry is a consultant specialising in developing strategy and resilience in the Creative and Cultural sector. Recent clients include the Royal Albert Hall, FirstSite Gallery, Colchester, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and a variety of West Midlands based organisations including Coventry City of Culture 2021, DASH, Birmingham Rep and Fierce Festival. Until 2018 she was Director of Organisational Development at Birmingham Hippodrome, a role which focused on the organisation’s culture and leadership together with strategic consultancy projects and thought leadership. Immediately prior to this role she was Lead Consultant at Creative Shift – a wholly owned subsidiary of the theatre which brought business skills to creatives and creativity to business. Her perspective – as a former corporate solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in arts organisations nationally and internationally – combines commercial savvy, artistic vision and incisive observation. Her experience includes advising a range of national arts organisations and a secondment at St Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY where she worked with the team on the strategic plan that led to the creation of an award-winning theatre space which opened in 2015. A former Clore fellow (2008-2010 NESTA supported fellow for Entrepreneurial Organisations), with her friend and respected consultant colleague Dr Andrew Bass, she is the co-author of “NetworkAbility – Building your business one relationship at a time”, published in November 2016 Helga is on the Board of Beatfreeks Arts, Thames Festival Trust and the Creative Advantage Fund West Midlands, the first dedicated Venture Capital fund for the creative industries.





University of Warwick

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“Founded in 1965 the University of Warwick is one of the world’s leading research institutions and is ranked in the top of UK and top 20 of European universities. With a renowned reputation for combining excellence in research and teaching, with innovation and links with business, industry and the arts, the University of Warwick is home to the Warwick Arts Centre and is a Principal Partner of Coventry City of Culture 2021 - underpinned by our four strategic priorities: innovation, inclusion, regional leadership and internationalisation.” Twitter accounts The Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies ⧉ Warwick Enterprise ⧉ University of Warwick ⧉





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