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Arts Programme: Industry and Alumni Panel

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Malet Street

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We are delighted to host a panel of alumni and Arts sector professionals to give an insight in to their career journey and how they used their studies.

Speakers will include:

Madeline Roelofsma - Ministry of Justice

Madeline Roelofsma is currently Employee Experience Researcher at the Ministry of Justice, looking at what staff think is great (and not so great!) about working at the Ministry. This is latest in a string of roles in several Government Departments over the past 13 years, which have included: being responsible for data integrity during the short-lived introduction of ID Cards; working with Ministers and Board Members as Head of Secretariat at the Department of Business; and running a Ministerial Briefing Hub during the steel crisis.

After completing her PhD in Spanish at Birkbeck in 2001, Madeline worked briefly in Spain before returning to the UK where she worked for a conflict transformation charity and an NHS hospital before becoming a Civil Servant in 2006.

Earlier in her long and varied career, Madeline was PA to the Chairman of the BBC and organised cultural activities for the Instituto Cervantes in London, while studying part-time for a BA Hispanic Studies.

Laura Lane - My Icon Story

Laura is Solo Founder of - the first personalised print platform that allows customers to create their own visual story with icons. Laura has 8 years experience in the creative industries and began her career at one of the UK's top 3 Media Communications Agencies. During her time she scooped numerous creative awards including a Young Cannes Lion, D&AD Pencil and Webby Award. Laura launched My Icon Story in 2017 which has since been featured in Metro, City AM and Stylist Magazine and won Highly Commended at the Gift of the Year Awards. She's created My Icon Story prints for the likes of Olly Murs an Nadiya Hussain and secured the business licensing deals with Transport for London, Natural History Museum, Love Hearts and Mr Men. As a result, Laura was named as this year's Rising Star in the Licensing industry.

Warren Shore - Freelance Journalist

Warren Shore is a freelance journalist who for the past 15 years has worked mainly for The Sunday Times as a sub-editor and writer. His work is often seen on the sports pages and he was chief sub-editor of The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide and the Sunday Times Rich List.

He has worked in newspapers, magazines and various online and digital formats, and was new media editor of the Press Association, based in Leeds, before freelancing.

In 2017-19 he studied at Birkbeck for an MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture. The title of his dissertation was A State of Anxiety: Division and Decay In Florida's Contemporary Fiction.


Fortunata Calabro -Art historian, curator, activist and art producer based in London.

Her research focuses on the interrelation between contemporary artistic practices in Latin America and the Arab Countries where she addresses transnational social and political issues. She has served as associate curator at the Bienal del Fin del Mundo (Argentina and Chile) and as exhibition manager at the Bienal de las Fronteras (Mexico), among others.

Fortunata Calabro has done research at the Wallace Collection in London and at the Queens Museum in New York. She was a columnist for the International Women's Museum (San Francisco) and is currently a member of the editorial board of Artheorica Magazine (Mexico and USA). She has collaborated with different organizations and museums such as V&A and TATE in London, Pompidou in Malaga among others.

As Director of Exhibitions and Operations, Fortunata oversees international art fairs such as Pinta (The Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art Show) (London / New York), Art Marbella (Spain) and CROSSROADS (UK). She frequently participates in several conferences/seminars and has published several essays in online and print publications. Presently she is the editor of Corporeal aesthetics in the work of Louise Bourgeois, which explore the idea of the body and aesthetics in relation to the artist's work.


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