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Hi, I am Uzma Johal MBE
Co-Founder & Director, Threshold Studios

Uzma is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Threshold Studios, as well as Co-director of Frequency Festival. A passionate advocate for social change, her work prioritises participation, innovation and development of creativity in media, technology and the arts. In 2016, Uzma was recognised on the New Years Honours List and received an MBE for her contribution to the Digital Economy.

About Uzma

In her role as Co-Founder and Co-Director of Threshold Studios, a not-for-profit social enterprise whose mission is ‘Creative Media for Social Change’, Uzma drives the ethos and vision behind the company.

She is a passionate advocate for initiatives that prioritise participation, innovation and development of creativity in the UK. Uzma has undertaken significant strategic development work in arts and education sectors across the East Midlands. This includes delivering digital strategies and facilitating organisations to embrace technology into their futures, as well as brokering partnerships with the Higher Education sector to unlock opportunities for meaningful, sector-specific internships and collaborative production of new and emerging technologies.

As Festival Director of Lincoln’s biennial Frequency Festival of Digital Culture, established in 2011 with partners in the City of Lincoln, Uzma has led the festival to become a distinctive feature in cultural calendars.

Since 2011 the festival has reached 60,000 people, as well as being a key driver for economic development in the region. Frequency Festival is approaching its fifth iteration in October 2019.

About Threshold Studios

Threshold Studios are UK-based media arts producers and educators. They are a social enterprise committed to talent and skills development in all that they do and are a partner of C4CC delivering key projects such as Frequency Festival and RADAR. Threshold Studios has been producing new media art since 1998, with specialisms in moving image, digital and emerging technologies. They also produce and curate high-quality, no barriers festivals with a commitment to democratising arts engagement. Their aim is to enable those who might not regularly attend gallery spaces to experience surprising and playful art with meaning, and relevance to their lives.

As educators the Threshold Studios team foster new talent and devise initiatives to offer routes into the arts and media industries, with a particular focus on those from diverse backgrounds and those who are currently under-represented in these industries.

They also play a strategic role in the development of the arts and creative industries, mentoring individual artists and creative organisations through periods of change or development. They work with Universities, businesses, and local authorities to design creative projects that engage both existing communities and new audiences.