The GALA Night consisted of Guest Speakers, a debate about dyslexiaWhispering Theatre performances, a screening of the DYSPLAMENTARY film, an exhibition of The Letters Project, an open wine bar sponsored by Barefoot Wine, and delicious finger food.


The debate was chaired by Marcus Warry of the REAL Debate Club. Marcus introduced each speaker and chaired the debate on this year's motion: Dyslexia: Help or Hindrance? 


Benedict Phillips  is an artist, activist, writer and curator.  Benedict’s practice encompasses a broad range of approaches and methodologies often responding to his profound dyslexia as well as researching and reacting to the people and places in which he finds himself. Benedict Philips' work is multidisciplinary but retains photography, sculpture and performance as his central concerns.

He has exhibited nationally, in Europe and in the US working with curators Debra Klomp Ching, Kathy Rae Huffman and Nicola Triscott as well as numerous arts organisations including the V&A, Arts Council England, Arts Catalyst, PVA Media Lab, Beam and MAAP.

Benedict is a co-founder of Field Study (book art & mail art group), Creative Director of Digital Media Labs and has worked as a curator for QUAD (Darby), CUBE (Manchester), and CAPE UK. He has been artist residence for Impression Gallery, Yorkshire Arts Space, Vorwerk Gallery (Hamburg) and Pavilion at PIRO Louisville (US).

Benedict recently published his first book A Benedictionary (2011), the worlds first “lexic to dyslexic dictionary” introduced at the V&A in conjunction with the Arts Catalyst. Benedict has delivered talks at the Cheltenham Science Festival (2011), CIDA ECCE Symposium, isea 2009, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (2012), Central St Martins, University of Leeds and University of Maryland, (US).
His work is held in private and public collections including the Tate, MoMA (NY) and the V&A.


Dr. Louise Tondeur  is a graduate of UEA’s Creative Writing MA and has a PhD in English Literature from Reading. Her first two novels The Water’s Edge and The Haven Home for Delinquent Girls were published by Headline Review and she has just finished her third. You can read one of her short stories ‘The Swim’ in The View from Here.  Her nonfiction book A Small Steps Guide to Goal Setting and Time Management came out with Emerald in July 2012 and she has recently self-published an eBook called How to Plan a Novel.  She had a poem called 'Voices' published in Forgotten Letters: An Anthology of Dyslexic Literature (RASP 2011). Louise has previously taught Drama and English and is now is now a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton, specializing in fiction.


Jon Adams: ‘I play with the transformation and metamorphosis of the 'ordinary' found object or pattern and concepts of ‘hidden’ and 'normality'. Through this I continuously correlate and reference elements of arts, sciences and investigate autobiographical reinterpretation of living with Aspergers/Dyslexia /synaesthesia combined weaving in fragments of hidden metaphor subversion and/or geological sub context. As an artist I play with a wide range of materials and processes which include photography, illustration written word, video, found sound recording, analogue synthesizers and digital sound/visual manipulation, installations, traditional sculpture and 'art in public’. My work represents a unique visual perspective of recording and systemizing history, time and place.

I am currently Artist in Residence and Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth. I started work in 1985 as a book Illustrator after leaving University having studied geology. I found a niche market in geological and science publication and later archaeological and architectural illustration due to my 3D visualization skills. In 1999 I also started writing poetry which has won competitions and more recently exhibited at Brighton Festival in 2011. I also write short verse--‘Twitter poetry’--and keep an active blog on a.n.

More recently I have worked on a range of diverse art/science contemporary projects including Sound from Supernovae for a Leverhulme Residency, creating a ‘geological map' of the Cultural Olympiad in the South-East with Accentuate and the British Geological Survey. As Wellcome Trust artist in residence with The Autism Research Centre Cambridge I composed several Musical works combining fMRI machine noise and analogue synthesis, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst. I am an Area Council Member for Arts Council England south West, Director of AA2A and RSA Fellow.

Visit Jon's field of fragments SoundCloud stream and follow @soundcube


Chris Arnold didn't discover he was dyslexic until his early 20's, "but finding out explained everything". Ironically, he was working on an advertising campaign to change the way teachers saw dyslexia when they discovered he was dyslexic. Many of his ads for dyslexia have won awards.

Chris is founder of the ad agency Creative Orchestra and mobile specialist agency Comobi2. He has been a board director and Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi, as well as many other top ad agencies. He has is a former chair of the DMA Agencies Council and the Creative Council.

Despite his dyslexia, he has written for many publications including the Times, FT, Creative Review, Marketing, and many more, and does a weekly column on Brand Republic. He has also written a book, Ethical Marketing & The New Consumer and is currently writing THUNK, a different way to think.

He lectures around the world on creativity, branding and ethical marketing, and has also appeared on numerous TV programmes talking about brands and ethics, including Working Lunch and Watchdog.

He lives in Crouch End, plays in the plunderphonic band The Perrinormal and is founder and Artistic Director of the Crouch End (Community Arts) Festival. Follow @ecosuperman



Caglar Kimyoncu  is a digital and video artist as well as curator and arts consultant. In the past fifteen years, he has collaborated with artists in a variety of media, including film and video production, website design, theatre sceneography, video and photo documentary, and script development. His practice includes collaborating with and mentoring artists, consulting with international arts organisations and film festivals, and curating digital arts.

His continuing interest is in alternative representations of excluded voices, voices perceived as “other”, whether they be from a sexual, gender, disability or ethnic perspective.

Caglar recently completed COnscription, his first solo exhibition in East London, at the Old Truman Brewery, in May 2013. The project was based on factual research and aimed to promote awareness and discussion around the issues faced by people (including LGBTQ people, disabled people and conscientious objectors) in Turkey and, tangentially, in other countries with conscription. As part of the exhibition, he created a four-channel film using my ‘no-script’ approach with the actors, and exploring collaborative improvisational techniques from start to finish with the whole team.

COnscription was funded by Arts Council England and produced by Filmpro, in partnership with War Resisters International.

Caglar is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Filmpro ltd, a disabled-led film and digital art agency. Filmpro’s mission is to extend the ways of making and experiencing film and digital art, and the diversity and openness of the arts sector. Follow @_caglark

Marcus Warry is passionate about debate, and loves putting on events that challenge people to think deeply and differently about politics, philosophy & life. He's been running the Lansdowne Debating Society for many years, and more recently set up the innovative new REAL Debate Club, which creates immersive environments for REAL debates. Informal, and theatrical in style, the location and setting of the debates is inextricably linked to the topic. During the day he's to found running his Accounting firm Archie & Doris, helping Entrepreneurs get loans through Start Up Direct, and building CAN, a new style of collaborative advertising agency. He found out he was Dyslexic in the last couple of years, whilst trying to tackle a particularly grim exam, whilst he has strong views on Dyslexia, naturally as chair of the debate, he'll keep these to himself (for now!). Follow @realdebates