SEAΔ is a program co-created by Mekong Cultural Hub and British Council which creates space for cultural practitioners to reflect on how their work in arts and culture can contribute to sustainable development within South East Asia through their individual and collective leadership.
Each year we will select 10 Fellows from 10 countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
The program has 4 main gatherings spread over a one-year period where Fellows get together. Each gathering takes place in a different country and has a unique purpose: exchange, create, share then reflect.
MEET THE 2018-19 SEAΔ FELLOWS
Nicola is the Director of NT Creative Arts. She offers arts consultancy, creative project and event development and management, teaching, facilitation and coaching in the cultural and creative sector. She is based in London and works all over the UK and internationally, specializing in leadership and entrepreneurship design and development.
Consultancy has included developing, designing and delivering a number of international cultural leadership programmes including the International Creative Entrepreneurs programme for Creative Scotland; the ACCELERATE and INTERSECT Programme for the British Council Australia and working on the design of the SEAD Program for Mekong Cultural Hub and British Council. Project management and consultancy includes developing networks for international delegations and collaborations for Arts Council Korea and Arts Council England; the Making Digital Work event at the Library of Birmingham for the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, The ‘D’ Word event for NitroBEAT and the Barbican; conferences and events for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, She has been a consultant at University of the Arts London Awarding Body working on the development of art education for young people. Nicola is an Associate Tutor on the MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship,Goldsmiths, University of London.
Nicola was the Assistant Director for the Cultural Leadership Programme, 2006-11, at Arts Council England, leading on the strategic development of the work-based learning strand of CLP as well as the development priorities; Artist Practitioner Leadership Development and International Leadership. Previously she was a Project Manager at Nesta, University of Arts London and the RSA.
Sudebi is a narrative designer, creative facilitator, thinker, educator, writer and singer. She designs experiences, engagement and environment that allow people to think and have dialogue, make their thinking and interaction visible and thus enable them to design their own solutions and narratives using different modes and media. Storytelling is her passion and so is the interface of science, humanities, arts and design.
Sudebi emphasises on socially, environmentally and culturally relevant issues while inter-weaving design thinking, imagination, systems thinking, pedagogy, visual and performing arts, oral history, ethnography and research to design possibilities. She has been teaching at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, India across undergrad and post-grad for nearly nine years and has co-founded the transdisciplinary design collective d.epicentre.
She focuses on bringing in inquiry driven, participatory, context based design and trans-disciplinarity into her work. Currently her research areas are: re-defining curation, understanding the role of local wisdom through narrative sources in addressing complex problems, finding pedagogical possibilities in places, exploring the ‘body’ as a site of learning and inquiring about the intersections of pedagogy, design and inclusion.
As designer at d.epicentre, she leads many projects with leading international and national organisations where the projects range from designing facilitation, cultural leadership, pedagogical design, exhibition design, archival, curatorial, media-based, visual-spatial communication design to instructional design. She has also started a unique pedagogy, art and design led trans-local initiative called ‘The Archival City-A Site of Learning’.