A powerful moment with Gill Hicks on being your own mentor in life. Based on her personal experience in surving the London Bombings and how the greatest relationship she could have is with herself
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‘Gill Hicks designs the How, to communicate the ‘why’ - EVERYTHING she does is about reminding, reviving and encouraging the ‘I’ in Humanity - through music, art and discussion!
Gill is a powerful and thought-provoking communicator, challenging us to think deeply about the relationship we have with the world around us, with each other and importantly hold with ourselves.
Her vital work, particularly in countering violent extremism, became her focus after she was left severely and permanently injured from the actions of a suicide bomber in the coordinated terrorist attack on London’s transport network in July 2005.
Prior to the bombings, Gill was a respected figure within the fields of Architecture, Design and the Arts in London. As Publisher of Blueprint, the contemporary culture magazine, she established herself within the world renowned British design scene. She later went on to be Founding Director of The Dangerous Minds Design consultancy and then Head Curator at the Design Council.
‘Designing a sustainable peace’ has become the core focus of Gill’s body of work. Under the acronym for Making a Difference ‘M.A.D.’, Gill has created both an agency, a ‘think’ and ‘do’ tank, M.A.D. Minds and a creative business, Music Art Discussion, where she brings her performance and visual art together to express her wonder and observations of life.
Receiving Honorary Doctorates within Philosophy from London Metropolitan University, Kingston University and University South Australia, Gill is also an Adjunct Lecturer with Edith Cowan University. Working within Education, she develops critical thinking modules for primary and secondary school-age children.
Gill has also been awarded an MBE and an AM in recognition for her work within the Charity sector. Gill is an active Board Director for The Women’s Playhouse Trust in the UK and Europe and of SALA ( South Australian Living Artists ).
After living and working in London for over two decades, Gill returned to Australia where she continues to grow her Arts practice. A recipient of the prestigious Ed Tweddell Residency at Central Studios, Adelaide, she runs a commercial studio within this consortium of acclaimed artists.
Her 2021 Adelaide Fringe debut performance, Still Alive and Kicking, played to sold-out audiences, received five-star reviews and won multiple awards, including the coveted Edinburgh Fringe award.