Mon 30 Nov 2015, 7pm

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Price: £5


Barbican Frobisher - Auditorium 2, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Image: courtesy of Holly Fulton


How much does the reputation of our most esteemed cultural institutions owe to the edge and attitude brought by young people from non-privileged backgrounds? Would the London College of Fashion or RADA enjoy their current reputations were it not for the contributions of Alexander McQueen and Harold Pinter? What is the most effective way to run organisations in a multicultural global economy? Who are the cultural gatekeepers shaping what culture and talent are? Do diverse workforces make institutions and businesses more dynamic and successful?


Frances Corner is a fashion specialist, Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice Chancellor of University of the Arts London.

Ije Nwokorie is CEO Wolff Olins, a brand consultancy based in London, New York City, Dubai, and San Francisco and founded in 1965.

Catherine Ince is the Senior Curator for the Victoria and Albert Museum, and is currently developing the curatorial programme for V&A East, a new institution planned for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.

Dr Sam Friedman is Assistant Professor of Sociology at The London School of Economics. His research focuses on issues of social class and inequality.

Holly Fulton is an award winning women’s wear designer based in East London.

The debate will be chaired by Aditya Chakrabortty – a Senior Economics Commentator for The Guardian. He has written for numerous publications including The Financial Times, The Telegraph, and The New Statesman.