Art or Industry? Pixels or Paint?

Posted on: 9th March 2016

CreatEVE House
Women in Creative Industries

The Playhouse, Monday 7 to Friday 18 March 2016

A street artist, a feminist Liverpool ezine, an animator, a fashion designer and a ballerina-
Exploring Women in Creative Industries at The Playhouse!

The ‘hardest way to make an easy living'? The industry of ‘play'? The lonely world of free labour and inequalities? Our greatest success story?
More than 2 million people are employed in digital and creative industries- it's now worth £137bn a year to the UK. This new creative, tech savvy arm of the economy is a full of creative thinking, and its credited as a leader in our economy.
But tragically only one quarter of those working in the digital sector are female.
The Playhouse has announced an exciting new programme to explore women's role in this new mingling of story, design, and technology

‘CreatEVE House- Women in Creative Industries' is a programme of creative workshops, masterclasses, exhibitions and events on the theme of Women In Creative Industries from Monday 7 to Friday 18 March.
All events are free, open to all, and have focused discussions on various areas of creative work, with contributors from various fields, men and women.
A major conference will be held on Friday 11 March. Panel discussions across the day will explore changes within creative industries, the divide between ‘art' and ‘industry', artistic purity and public subsidy and Northern Ireland as a site of pioneering creative work. Panellists include Liverpool based Feminist Ezine Queen of The Track, street artists, animators, filmmakers, fashion designers and a ballerina!

The conference will finish with locally brewed beer, Pyke n' Pommes and DJ Stray Kitten at the ‘Meet and Freak Event'; where attendees can discuss bursaries, apprenticeships, and receive financial and copyright advice the movers and shakers in the industry, including NI Screen, Audiences NI, Theatre NI, MakeMatic SHIFT Magazine, Chartered Accountant Deb O'Donnell and Niamh Hargan, a Solicitor specializing in media & copyright law.

Several Masterclasses will be held with established females in the creative industries including theatre directors, writers, journalists, publishers and bloggers, theatre technicians, filmmakers, visual artists, and women from digital technologies, including an introduction to digital fabrication at FabLab Nerve Centre!
Also running from Monday 7 to Friday 11 March in The Playhouse gallery space- ‘She Who Makes', an Exhibition of weird and techie artwork from women in various creative industries.
"In this programme, just a few of the many bright female creatives among us are going to look at today's creative work- give us a glimpse of working life in the creative industries, ask questions, and take a peek at the new value of culture and creativity in a so called ‘Knowledge economy'." Playhouse Project co-ordinator Jessica Caldwell said.

"They have kindly offered to explore, over a cup of tea or locally-brewed beer, the significant gap between the percentage of women employed in the creative industries compared to the national average. They will give valuable advice to the brave ladies thinking about venturing into the very exciting sector. They are sharing the secrets of our economy's greatest success story. Be sure to come join them!"

The CreatEVE programme is funded by the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure.
All events are free and all are welcome. For more information contact The Playhouse box office on (028) 71 268027 or book your free place online at

CreatEVE House
The Playhouse, Monday 7 to Friday 18 March 2016

Masterclasses Monday 7th- Friday 11th March with established females in the creative industries including Theatre Directors, Writers, journalists, publishers and bloggers, Theatre Technicians, Filmmakers, Visual Artists, and women from Digital Technologies. These will be held by both indigenous and visiting, international facilitators. CLICK HERE for more information and to book your free place!

Conference Friday 11th March 9am- 5pm A one day conference, tying in with International Women's Day, exploring the role of women in the creative industries, in line with Derry and Northern Ireland's aspirations to grow the creative industries. Panel discussions will explore the creative industries as a whole, changes within it, the divide between ‘art' and ‘industry', the mingling of story, design, and technology and the impact this growing industry is having on women and their creativity. CLICK HERE for more information and to book your free place!

Meet & Freak Networking Event Friday 11th March 5pm- 7pm An event where creative industries employers, artists, funders, educators, support organisations, marketers and investors and meet and network with the aim of developing opportunities for all participants. Includes information points from Theatre NI, Audiences NI etc.

• She Who Makes- An Exhibition Monday 7th- Friday 11th March in our gallery space comprising of weird and techie artwork from women in various different creative industries.



creatEVE programme

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Please note- Change in programming as previously advertised.

we're sorry to announce that Eva Birthistle will be no longer be able join us for the CreatEVE conference due to unforeseen circumstances, but we're delighted to announce a new addition to the programme, a special surprise selection of creative shorts, including a short performance poetry piece, films and videos by and in celebration of creative ladies from 4-5pm!


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