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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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New Art West Midlands is the Contemporary Visual Arts Network for the region. Our purpose is to strengthen and develop the contemporary visual arts sector in the West Midlands, working collectively to safeguard the future of artists and our sector as a whole. Together with our partners, we create defining opportunities for artists and arts professionals to develop their practices through a distinctive, critically-engaged programme. New Art West Midlands plays a leading role in the development of strategic collaborations between Higher Education arts institutions, arts organisations, artists and independent arts professionals. In November 2019, we published No Limits – A Visual Arts Strategy for the West Midlands.

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Advisory Group

Sonia Boué

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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 ⧉





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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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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PEC⧉

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Philippa Cross

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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 ⧉





Mojere Ajayi-Eugunjobi

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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 ⧉





Kim Hackleman

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New Art West Midlands is the Contemporary Visual Arts Network for the region. Our purpose is to strengthen and develop the contemporary visual arts sector in the West Midlands, working collectively to safeguard the future of artists and our sector as a whole. Together with our partners, we create defining opportunities for artists and arts professionals to develop their practices through a distinctive, critically-engaged programme. New Art West Midlands plays a leading role in the development of strategic collaborations between Higher Education arts institutions, arts organisations, artists and independent arts professionals. In November 2019, we published No Limits – A Visual Arts Strategy for the West Midlands.

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Funders

Coventry City Council

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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





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Partners

Coventry Biennial 2021

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New Art West Midlands is the Contemporary Visual Arts Network for the region. Our purpose is to strengthen and develop the contemporary visual arts sector in the West Midlands, working collectively to safeguard the future of artists and our sector as a whole. Together with our partners, we create defining opportunities for artists and arts professionals to develop their practices through a distinctive, critically-engaged programme. New Art West Midlands plays a leading role in the development of strategic collaborations between Higher Education arts institutions, arts organisations, artists and independent arts professionals. In November 2019, we published No Limits – A Visual Arts Strategy for the West Midlands.

Website ⧉ Twitter ⧉ Facebook ⧉ Instagram ⧉





New Art West Midlands

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New Art West Midlands is the Contemporary Visual Arts Network for the region. Our purpose is to strengthen and develop the contemporary visual arts sector in the West Midlands, working collectively to safeguard the future of artists and our sector as a whole. Together with our partners, we create defining opportunities for artists and arts professionals to develop their practices through a distinctive, critically-engaged programme. New Art West Midlands plays a leading role in the development of strategic collaborations between Higher Education arts institutions, arts organisations, artists and independent arts professionals. In November 2019, we published No Limits – A Visual Arts Strategy for the West Midlands.

Website ⧉ Twitter ⧉ Facebook ⧉ Instagram ⧉





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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