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?
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 dancing… Continue reading Introducing myself to the children’s sector…
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 is… Continue reading Diversity … are we really still talking about this?
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’.
Last month I attended the Uncommon Ground event at The Lowry in Salford. Among other things, the speakers and fellow delegates were questioning our role and motives as arts practitioners and producers working in and around social engagement. Are we really ’engaging’ audiences and making an ‘impact’ - or are we more focused on data collection… Continue reading How can honesty shape practice?