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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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“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 ⧉





Helga Henry

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Mojere Ajayi-Egunjobi is a British born Nigerian writer, filmmaker and cultural producer. She writes both poetry and prose and specialises in documentary filmmaking. Her work as a filmmaker and writer centres heritage and her intersectional identities. Alongside her creative practice she has programmed festivals, events and exhibitions for arts institutions such as Southbank Centre, Ovalhouse Theatre and Tate. Currently she is the Unlimited Trainee based at Shape Arts





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Advisory Group

Sonia Boué

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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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Becki Morris

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Mojere Ajayi-Egunjobi is a British born Nigerian writer, filmmaker and cultural producer. She writes both poetry and prose and specialises in documentary filmmaking. Her work as a filmmaker and writer centres heritage and her intersectional identities. Alongside her creative practice she has programmed festivals, events and exhibitions for arts institutions such as Southbank Centre, Ovalhouse Theatre and Tate. Currently she is the Unlimited Trainee based at Shape Arts





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.

New Art West Midlands Website ⧉
New Art West Midlands Twitter ⧉ New Art West Midlands Facebook ⧉ New Art West Midlands Instagram ⧉ Dash Arts Website ⧉ Dash Arts Twitter ⧉ Dash Arts Facebook ⧉





Philippa Cross

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Mojere Ajayi-Egunjobi is a British born Nigerian writer, filmmaker and cultural producer. She writes both poetry and prose and specialises in documentary filmmaking. Her work as a filmmaker and writer centres heritage and her intersectional identities. Alongside her creative practice she has programmed festivals, events and exhibitions for arts institutions such as Southbank Centre, Ovalhouse Theatre and Tate. Currently she is the Unlimited Trainee based at Shape Arts





Mojere Ajayi-Eugunjobi

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Mojere Ajayi-Egunjobi is a British born Nigerian writer, filmmaker and cultural producer. She writes both poetry and prose and specialises in documentary filmmaking. Her work as a filmmaker and writer centres heritage and her intersectional identities. Alongside her creative practice she has programmed festivals, events and exhibitions for arts institutions such as Southbank Centre, Ovalhouse Theatre and Tate. Currently she is the Unlimited Trainee based at Shape Arts





Kim Hackleman

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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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Funders

Coventry City Council

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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.

New Art West Midlands Website ⧉
New Art West Midlands Twitter ⧉ New Art West Midlands Facebook ⧉ New Art West Midlands Instagram ⧉ Dash Arts Website ⧉ Dash Arts Twitter ⧉ Dash Arts Facebook ⧉





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Partners

Coventry Biennial 2021

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We are a social, political and critical platform for contemporary art that is committed to inclusivity, accessibility, diversity, comfort and making things together. We are committed to walking and eating together and developing a personable and non-institutional approach to existing in the world.

In recent years our exhibitions, events and activities in galleries and more unusual or unexpected locations have attracted over half a million visitors including local residents, artists and art professionals from across the UK, and cultural tourists from around the world.

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New Art West Midlands

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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.

New Art West Midlands Website ⧉
New Art West Midlands Twitter ⧉ New Art West Midlands Facebook ⧉ New Art West Midlands Instagram ⧉ Dash Arts Website ⧉ Dash Arts Twitter ⧉ Dash Arts Facebook ⧉





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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