Introducing our hosts

Emerging Futures hosted ‘follow the leader’ sessions are intimate and insightful opportunities to ask our Keynote & ‘Big Ideas’ speakers about their careers and to explore important issues raised in their talks. Our skilled hosts will ensure that attendees in the room get to ask the questions alongside those posed by our online audience – collected and shared via by the FutureEverything team.

Sharon Armstrong-Williams with Maria Balshaw

Sharon joined the Clore Leadership Programme team as Fellowship Manager in 2008, where she leads the fellowship programme. She is a graduate of the Winchester School of Art and began her career as an artist and designer before moving into arts administration and arts management.

Her career in arts management began at the Tower Arts Centre in Winchester and later the Fairfields Arts Centre in Basingstoke, where she was promoted to Acting Centre Director. She then joined the arts team at Winchester City Council leading the arts and community grants scheme.  Most recently she was an associate lecturer in arts management and marketing across a range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Winchester where she also managed two theatre venues and a range of public engagement projects.

Sharon has been a Trustee of the Winnall Rock School and Dreamthinkspeak theatre company. She is also an accredited coach and NLP practitioner.

Shereen Perera with Nikesh Shukla

Shereen is a cultural producer originally from Manchester. She produces many projects for In Place Of War – a global organisation who work with artists based in areas of conflict and marginalised communities across the world. Her main project is managing GRRRL – a bespoke electronic music collaboration featuring revolutionary female artists from Bangladesh, UK, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Brazil and Venezuela, under the musical direction of Laima Leyton (from Mixhell/Soulwax). GRRRL have performed all over the UK from underground music venues to global stages including main stage at Shambala and have recently completed an Australian Tour where they closed the Commonwealth Games. Shereen also directs film/music night Video Jam which has its roots in Manchester and is a part time MA Arts & Politics Student at Goldsmiths.

Titilola Dawudu with Ruth Daniel

Titilola is the Learning and Participation Manager for Ovalhouse theatre and a writer and theatre producer.

She is the co-editor of a new collection of audition monologues for actors of colour called Hear Me Now which will be published in October by Oberon Books. She is the associate writer for Beyond Face, a theatre company based in Plymouth. She has written short plays and spoken word for Tamasha theatre, nitroBEAT and the Arcola.   Titilola’s work has been shown at the Barbican, Barbican Theatre Plymouth, Rich Mix, Soho Theatre and the Bush Theatre and she is on the board of trustees for Theatre Centre.

Kwong Lee with Ibrahim Mahama

5.40pm Friday 14 September – ONLINE ONLY EXCLUSIVE! This not to be missed intimate session is a special Facebook Live event on the Clore Leadership Programme page

Kwong Lee is a freelance Contemporary Art Producer and a producer for Manchester International Festival. Between 2005 and 2016, he was the Director of Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery (CG), a publicly funded contemporary art venue and artist development agency. His recent freelance work has been with the University of Salford, artist groups and individual artists.

From 2013 to 2016, Lee co-chaired Contemporary Visual Arts Manchester (CVAM), part of a national network, consisting of organisations, arts professionals and artists, promoting and supporting the work of the city region’s visual art eco-system. He is a member of the new Greater Manchester Culture Steering Group and is on the board of The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art.

Lee has lectured and taught at a number of universities. He has presented at conferences, seminars and symposia, and has enjoyed chairing discussions on contemporary art practice. As an artist he has exhibited in the UK (including at the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery), nationally and in Hong Kong and Japan.