Veuve Clicquot Sparkling Conversations: Creatives Panel

Creatives Panel featuring female powerhouses in the creative industry from film makers documenting in the Congo, photographers celebrating Irish female musicians and a set designer who has worked on projects like Star Wars and Avatar.

Mary Pike

Mary Pike is an Irish designer for Events and Film. She was based in New Zealand until 2014 at the renowned Weta Workshop in Wellington. She now has her own design and manufacture company in Dublin and works mostly in Ireland and the UK. This is her second year designing and coordinating for SOLAS at Latitude. Mary has worked for 10 years in the film industry on projects such as Avatar, The Hobbit and Alice Through the Looking Glass. She has also designed and built installations for San Diego Comic Con and multiple film and art events globally. Mary is head of design at Body&Soul.

Ruth Medjber

Photographer Ruth Medjber (Ruthless Imagery) was born in Dublin to Irish/Algerian parents. Through her work as a live music photographer she has captured internationally renowned acts like Beyonce, Metallica, JayZ, Green Day, Muse, Madonna and more. With her AAA pass she has gained unprecedented ‘behind the scenes’ access to Electric Picnic and has even covered the Stone Roses in Marley Park. Most recently, Ruth has been working backstage with Arcade Fire documenting their 2018 tour. At home in Dublin you can find Ruth in her studio where she creates album artwork and promotional photographs for local musicians as well as focusing her attention on gender balance in the music industry by celebrating Irish female musicians with her portrait series “Women Of Notes”.

Dearbhla Glynn

Dearbhla Glynn is an award winning documentary filmmaker, specializing in explorations of culture, human rights and conflict. Since 2009 Dearbhla has focused on rights based films, she has made several films in Palestine, Iraq, and The Democratic Republic of the Congo. ‘Gaza- Post Operation Cast Lead’ won the grand prize at the ICCl Human Rights Film award in 2010.

In June 2013 Dearbhla won the grand prize at the ICCl Awards for the second time for her short film ‘The Value of Women in DRC’. In recent years Dearbhla has also been a published writer and photo-journalist, publishing with Vice, Al Jazeera, Mashable and the Irish Times. Since October 2014 she documented an ongoing massacre in Beni, Eastern Congo and was the only international media in the region at the time.

Dearbhla is still focused mainly in Eastern Congo where she will re visit Beni in 2018 where the massacre is still ongoing. Dearbhla lectures in gender and conflict and also in film and photography.  Dearbhla also teaches yoga and is one of the resident teachers at the Cliffs of Mother Retreat in Clare.