Inés Soria-Donlan, University of Leeds

An advocate for the freedom to create and experience art as a right for all, Inés has worked internationally across the academic, cultural and creative sectors since 2008 as a producer, project manager, researcher, musician and creative practitioner. Her work has a continual focus on youth, diversity and arts-led participation and the ways in which artists and researchers can collaborate to make their work as valuable as possible for the people they work with. Inés is currently Project Manager of Changing the Story at University of Leeds, a £4 million AHRC GCRF project that looks at how arts and heritage can support youth-centred approaches to civil society building in communities living with a legacy of conflict. She is co-editor, with Prof. Paul Cooke, of Participatory Arts in International Development (Routledge, 2020).

 In addition to roles at British Council, Contact Theatre and South Asian Arts UK, amongst others, working across dance, film, theatre, music, visual and digital art, Inés spent five years at the award-winning University of Manchester project In Place of War, supporting artists and activists living in sites of conflict to build vibrant creative networks across the world. Inés completed an MA in French Cultural Studies in 2010 and a PGDip in Arts Management, Policy and Practice in 2013.

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