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Shaping the Visual Arts Nationally

Cre­ative coach and entre­pre­neur Ceri Hand inter­views CVAN’s nation­al direc­tor, artist and cura­tor Paula Orrell about mak­ing the arts more equitable.


Paula shares her thoughts around how artists can be influential leaders in creating change, offering advice to creatives on using tools like programming and art writing to build community. She also makes recommendations on how to advocate for the arts, and discusses some key skills, such as lateral thinking, holding complexity, and ‘deeper listening’ across differences. Paula also opens up about managing dyslexia and finding the courage to influence government ministers on the value of contemporary art.

The Extraordinary Creatives podcast takes you on a captivating journey into the hearts and minds of exceptional creatives and social entrepreneurs who have defied all odds to create a lasting impact.

You can listen to Ceri and Paula here.