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 national… Continue reading Why I’m happy when discrimination hits headlines.
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?
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. At… Continue reading Why I will now be talking to white middle aged men about race.
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’ reference… Continue reading No hair; no identity.
I’ve experienced a lot of people lately (online and in person) who consider themselves ‘liberal’ or ‘progressive’ in their thinking, yet they don’t see the significance or the need for some of the activism campaigns that exist today. In fact, I’d go so far as to say they have shown absolute objection to campaigns around… Continue reading Thinking you’re progressive isn’t enough
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 excited… Continue reading Living my best life; outside the ‘Comfort Zone’.
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 better… Continue reading Why representation on screen and stage really matters.