Why I’m happy when discrimination hits headlines.

I’ve had a number of conversations with people about controversies exposed via social media or the news and the thing that quite often surprises people is that, regardless of how I ‘feel’ about the incident in question my overriding emotion is not shocked or angry, it’s glad. Glad that it’s reached a level of nationalContinue reading “Why I’m happy when discrimination hits headlines.”

Do our funding patterns halt diversity?

Is it ever too soon to start thinking about the legacy or exit strategy of a funded project? We work in a sector where funding can be taken away faster than it’s given and where nothing is permanent. But when projects are in place to support and enrich peoples live – sometimes to provide essential,Continue reading “Do our funding patterns halt diversity?”

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.”

No hair; no identity.

The other day I was walking my dog when a fellow dog walker stopped me. He was clearly just wanting the general polite chit chat but his opening line threw me for 7am in the morning… “Wow, have you been on holiday? Where d’you catch a tan like that ducky?” I include the ‘ducky’ referenceContinue reading “No hair; no identity.”

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.”

The importance & problem of language

There’s no denying that language plays a massive role in our day to day communications, but what problems can language cause when it comes to tackling more difficult subjects with a wider group? I have spent the last 5 or so years entering in to discussions about race, identity, privilege and, more recently, unconscious bias.Continue reading “The importance & problem of language”

What’s your blind-spot?

Over the past 9 months I’ve been working with a group of arts professionals on an enquiry focused on ‘diversity in the arts’… a massive subject with so many layers, view points and opinions; that’s exactly what has made it so interesting. One of the things that has really struck a chord and got meContinue reading “What’s your blind-spot?”