Hello Culture is an ongoing series of events that explore how digital technologies and media are disrupting the way cultural and heritage organisations produce, interact, create and curate content, by transforming how audiences can connect and engage with cultural experiences.

Meet Our Team

Hello Culture started as a collaboration between Big Cat Group and Lara Ratnaraja in 2011. In response to the ever changing cultural landscape it has grown to encompass new partners and collaborations with universities, policy bodies and cultural institutions, producers and artists. Hello Culture continues to demonstrate the agility and resilience it has been arguing are essential for cultural and arts organisations to develop by transforming its programme model in order to be responsive to the needs of the sector with conferences in 2011, 2012, 2014 and a Lab bringing together artists, arts organisations, academics and creative technologists to collaborate on new projects, co-curated by Lara Ratnaraja and Simon Whitehouse.

Lara Ratnaraja
Programme Curator

Lara is a freelance cultural consultant specialising in diversity, innovation, leadership, collaboration and cultural policy implementation within the HE, cultural and digital sector.

Chris Brown
Programme Co-Curator

Chris Brown is founder and editor of Polaroids and Polar Bears, a cultural guide to the West-Midlands and Staffordshire.

Clayton Shaw
Programme Co-Curator

Clayton is responsible for overall project delivery of STEAMhouse (Phase 1) and works closely with the team on areas of capital development, financial management, programme design and delivery, marketing and PR, strategic partnerships, research collaborations, and sector development.

Charmaine Stint
Programme Producer

Charmaine project manages large scale projects across Birmingham City University, primarily working alongside the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media and the Faculty for Computing, Engineering and Built Environment, bringing business and academia together.

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When you look in the mirror

“When you look in the mirror; Do you see yourself; Do you see yourself; On the T.V. screen; Do you see yourself in the magazine” Poly Styrene

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