The sector: A room with no windows

When I think about the arts sector I am reminded that we, for so much of the time, are one big echo chamber. Too often we’re discussing diversity in relations to the time and space within which we operate – taking the conversations from where we are as a sector rather than where we areContinue reading “The sector: A room with no windows”

A Vital Contribution

Vital Spark is a national initiative aiming to create more inclusive and diverse performances for children and young people. Tara Lopez tells the story. As a child of mixed race, I remember my mum handing ethnicity data forms back to my school, saying, “There’s no box for my daughter so I won’t be completing this.”Continue reading “A Vital Contribution”

Introducing myself to the children’s sector…

Recently, I was asked to introduce myself to the children’s art sector through a network called Assitej UK. Here’s what I had to say… ‘My fondest memories of ‘art’ are of dancing in the kitchen to a mix of reggae, funk and R&B with my family on a Sunday afternoon. This early love of dancingContinue reading “Introducing myself to the children’s sector…”

Why I will now be talking to white middle aged men about race.

Over the past few years I’ve been gathering a network of supportive senior people of colour in the arts sector. Mainly women, they have been a huge part of my career so far and have helped me to make great connections, make sense of my feelings and build confidence in a majoritively white sector.  AtContinue reading “Why I will now be talking to white middle aged men about race.”

Diversity … are we really still talking about this?

Over the past few months of working on my first positive action programme, I’ve noticed something. People who are totally liberal and on the side of diversity giving off a sense of ‘but we do this already’ or even ‘why are we still talking about this?’ I’m not here to discredit the work anyone isContinue reading “Diversity … are we really still talking about this?”

What is my true voice?

The other day I was speaking to my mentor about my personal goals. Immediately I began to speak about the goals I have for the programme I am delivering. Once she pointed this out I realised that in the intensity and excitement of setting Vital Spark up, I had lost sight of what I wantContinue reading “What is my true voice?”

Living my best life; outside the ‘Comfort Zone’.

Recently I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone. I’ve gone from working with a very diverse group of colleagues in an environment synonymous with diversity (because it just was); to a world that looks and acts very differently.  I knew this going in. My role is attempting to change this very landscape and I’m excitedContinue reading “Living my best life; outside the ‘Comfort Zone’.”

Why representation on screen and stage really matters.

The other day I was at a festival attending a Q&A session for a theatre performance that had been presented by a South African company by black female actors. I sat and listened to the questions being asked by a group of predominantly white women, and in doing so was reminded just how important betterContinue reading “Why representation on screen and stage really matters.”