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Salford students provide artwork for first Women’s Equality Party conference

Tuesday 15 November 2016

The University of Salford has won a commission from the Women’s Equality Party to provide a unique creative arts installation for its first ever conference in Manchester.

The conference, taking place in Trafford’s Victoria Warehouse next week, is expected to attract 1,500 delegates and will feature speakers including founding members Sandi Toksvig, Sophie Walker and Catherine Mayer.

Singer and mentor Sinitta, who had a string of hits in the 1980s and starred on TV programmes including The X Factor, will also speak at the conference about the challenges she has faced within the music industry.

The University of Salford will provide visual art, design and creative media input for the three-day conference, including contributions from young female artists working in Graphics, Fashion, Photography and Visual Arts.

There will also be pop up performances by student actors dressed as famous historical women, and music provided by emerging female vocalists.

Frances Piper, Director of Performance and Film Studies at the University of Salford, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity and we are delighted to have been commissioned. We aim to provide all of our students with real world experience, to increase their opportunities for employment.

“This installation work hugely raises the profile of our ‘live briefs’ and puts University of Salford students on a far bigger stage than they would otherwise achieve at this point in terms of their careers. The work forms part of their overall course portfolio and will be seen by 1,500 people – including potential future employers.”

Hannah Peaker, Chief of Staff at the Women’s Equality Party, said: “University of Salford prides itself on having a diverse students body, and is dedicated to equality in education, empowerment and community.

“In this, the University’s aims align perfectly with those of the Women’s Equality Party and that’s why they were our first choice to add such an exciting, creative and thought-provoking energy to our first ever conference.”

Salford midwifery student Nicolette Peel has already made the link between her university and the Women’s Equality Party, receiving a nomination for a Women of the Year Award from the prestigious organisation chaired by WEP co-founder Sandi Toksvig.

In addition, Salford Business School student Sophie Iredale organised #WomenoftheNorth: Moving in, Moving on, Moving Up, which provided a platform to positively promote and inspire women in technology.

The Women’s Equality Party’s first ever conference takes place at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester between 25 and 27 November 2016.

To find out more about the Women’s Equality Party conference, and to buy tickets, go to