Pre-conference event: The Challenge of Change

11th March 2021, 17:30 pm –18:30 pm


FACE – Fashion Academics Creating Equality – demands acknowledgement of the contribution of Black culture and creativity, to history, society and of course to fashion. FACE academics will first contextualise and then address the solutions we, as a community of educators, can action for race equality.

Using slides to introduce white academics to both professional and personal tools, we will conclude with an invitation to our audience to join us in change.

FACE is co-founded by Sharon Lloyd, Course Director Southampton Solent; Pascal Matthias, Senior Teaching Fellow at the Winchester School of Art and Andrew Ibi, Course Leader Liverpool John Mores University (see profiles below)

Formed to challenge the lack of Black and Brown academics in the system, which directly impacts the experience of all young creatives but especially Black and Brown students, FACE demands acknowledgement of the contribution of Black culture and creativity, to history, society and to fashion. Working within higher education, further education and the fashion industry, FACE aims, centre around four pillars for race equality: Recruitment, Progression, Curriculum and Culture. FACE asserts that student feedback and course or module evaluation must include race and culture in the metrics. FACE encourages everyone to harness Position, Power, Privilege and Purpose in order to challenge their individual institutions.

Dates & times

11th March 2021

17:30 pm –18:30 pm




Our Speakers

Pascal Matthias

Pascal Matthias

FACE Co-Founder

Pascal Matthias is a Senior Fellow at the Winchester School of Art. He is also a designer, strategic thinker, public speaker and co-founder of FACE (Fashion Academics Creating Equality).

A fierce advocate of educational reform, Pascal is specifically concerned with race equality, facilitating the amplification of voices within education and business sectors and challenging people in positions of power to dismantle, transform and revolutionise the status quo.

Working with the FACE collective, Pascal campaigns for restructure of frameworks and metrics that have historically perpetuated bias and oppression through lack of recruitment, lack of progression, non-inclusive workplace cultures and unsatisfactory strategic planning.

Instagram: @backonair

Andrew Ibi

Andrew Ibi

FACE Co-Founder

Andrew Ibi is a designer, artist and educator. He is currently the programme leader for the BA Fashion: Design & Communication. 

Awarded Graduate of the Year at Middlesex University in 1996, starting his career at Joe Casely-Hayford, Ibi went on to head up menswear design for Burlington and Club Monaco, before launching his own labels. In 2019, Ibi launched arthouse swimwear brand, E.Macbean with his partner Eleanor, debuting during London Fashion Week.

As co-founder of BOLD (The Black Orientated Legacy Development Agency), Ibi works in partnership with the BFC and the IPF. He is the co-founder of FACE – Fashion Academics Creating Equality an active network of Black educators lobbying for educational change and equality.

Instagram: @andrew_ibi_

Sharon Lloyd

Sharon Lloyd

FACE Co-Founder

Sharon Lloyd FHEA, PGCLTHE, MA, is an academic in higher education and a former fashion textile designer, now leading a programme of courses from MA Make-up and Hair Design Futures, BA Make-up and Hair Design, BA Special Effects to BA Prosthetics and Special Effects at Solent University.  

The focus of Sharon’s leadership is the development of learning pathways to foster critical thinking in conjunction with creative practice, while facilitating inclusivity, engagement and integrity within production. Sharon has sat on several university committees that focus on race and equality and is a committee member for Solent’s Race Equality Charter (REC). Sharon is currently Equality and Education Advisor for the Education Pillar, British Beauty Council.  

Instagram: @FaceCulturalist 

Caryn Franklin MBE

Caryn Franklin MBE

FACE Member

Caryn Franklin MBE, BA (Arts) MSc (Psych) MBPsS, fashion and identity commentator, agent of change, visiting professor of diverse selfhood at Kingston School of Art and FACE member.

Former fashion editor and co-editor of i-D Magazine (82-88) and subsequently, TV broadcaster for 15 years on prime-time fashion programmes, Franklin has explored the politics of image, identity and self-esteem through self-authored documentaries, news and current affairs commentary, journalism and book publications. She has presented internationally in Athens, New York, Toronto, Montreal and Prague and projects have involved international design names, everyday users of fashion, refugees in battle zones, workers in free-trade-zone slums, mental-health and body-image experts, MP’s, Government and business leaders.

Instagram: @franklinonfashion


S.H.E.D – Social Higher Education Depot has taken the premise of a garden shed and created a mobile, reconfigurable space for the shedding of preconceptions about people and place. S.H.E.D has over 11 designs, that were developed with the aim of supporting co-creative practice as art-making that invites participation and explores real issues people want to discuss.

 It is positioned as a curatorial, consultation, lab and public space. S.H.E.D combines design and dialogue theory.

Shortlisted for Shed of the Year ‘Unexpected Category’ 2020
Finalist, Green Gown Awards ‘Benefiting Society’ Category, 2020

Follow S.H.E.D’s work on Twitter @Shed_UK and Dr Jones’s research into dialogue at @InDialogueUK.

S.H.E.D is run by:
CEO / Creative Director – Dr Rhiannon Jones
Business Development Director – Dr Victoria Barker
Operations Director – Sarah Webb

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