Emily Hadwen

Director & Executive Producer

Emily comes from a background in communications, visual design and programme and project management. Emily cut her teeth as Marketing Manager at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, where she managed the strategy and delivery of marketing campaigns with an audience development remit – primarily targeting young and hard-to-reach audiences. Previous to this she has worked in public museums, galleries, and commercial theatres, with a focus on audience development and public engagement. Her subsequent work at Film London and the British Film Commission cemented her work in both public and industry-facing communications and strategy. 

Emily went freelance in 2016 during which she co-curated public-facing exhibitions, events and a talks programme with BAFTA, implemented a communications strategy and visual identity for London House at the Toronto International Film Festival, provided design consultation for Film London, the British Film Commission and exhibition designers Factory Settings Ltd, and oversaw key projects as part of the global Shakespeare Lives programme for the British Council. Additionally she has consulted on a number of new art book publications. She also co-founded Yaya London – a supperclub about food, conversation and cultural heritage.

At Big Ideas Emily works with the team on programme development and strategy.