Pre-conference Keynote: Childhood Lasts a Lifetime
17:30 pm –18:30 pm
Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE DL will give delegates an insight into her incredible career as an actress, presenter, writer, award winning independent producer, politician and an active advocate for the wellbeing, care and education of children throughout the world. Her keynote speech is titled: ‘Childhood Lasts a Lifetime’.
Dates & times
16th March 2021
17:30 pm – 18:30 pm
Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE DL
Floella left school at 16 with the aim of becoming Britain’s first ever black woman bank manager but changed direction and became an actress, presenter, writer, award winning independent producer, politician and an active advocate for the wellbeing, care and education of children throughout the world.
For the last 50 years she has appeared on stage, film and television, working with some Britain’s top drama directors. Her most recent film credits are Run Fat Boy Run, Rendition and Sarah Jane Adventures for CBBC. But she is best known for her appearances in the iconic children’s programmes Playschool and Playaway, which she starred in 45 years ago.
Her creative work has been recognised with an OBE, a Special BAFTA Award and the JM Barrie Award for lasting contribution to children’s Arts. From 2006 to 2016 she was Chancellor of the University of Exeter, the first Afro-Caribbean woman to be a Chancellor in the UK.
S.H.E.D – Social Higher Education Depot has taken the premise of a garden shed and created a mobile, reconfigurable space for the shedding of preconceptions about people and place. S.H.E.D has over 11 designs, that were developed with the aim of supporting co-creative practice as art-making that invites participation and explores real issues people want to discuss.
It is positioned as a curatorial, consultation, lab and public space. S.H.E.D combines design and dialogue theory.
Shortlisted for Shed of the Year ‘Unexpected Category’ 2020
Finalist, Green Gown Awards ‘Benefiting Society’ Category, 2020
S.H.E.D is run by:
CEO / Creative Director – Dr Rhiannon Jones
Business Development Director – Dr Victoria Barker
Operations Director – Sarah Webb