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 are… Continue reading The sector: A room with no windows

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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 national… Continue reading Why I’m happy when discrimination hits headlines.

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

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.  At… Continue reading Why I will now be talking to white middle aged men about race.

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 want… Continue reading What is my true voice?