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Working with Armstrong Cameron was a real pleasure.  Derrick and Dawn brought rigour and challenge to the process but also encouragement, wisdom and kindness as we approached the task of seeking to make meaningful and long-standing change to the culture and confidence of the organisation in relation to race equality and racial justice.  We’d thoroughly…

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Working with Armstrong Cameron was a real pleasure.  Derrick and Dawn brought rigour and challenge to the process but also encouragement, wisdom and kindness as we approached the task of seeking to make meaningful and long-standing change to the culture and confidence of the organisation in relation to race equality and racial justice.  We’d thoroughly…

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Leeds Playhouse Plan for Change

Leeds Playhouse Plan for Change

It’s been an interesting and stimulating few months working with Leeds Playhouse to develop a Plan for Change which sets out its ambitions and actions for racial justice. The process has been overseen by a Reference Group comprising trustees, senior leadership and staff from across all core functions of the organisation. Starting with a survey of…

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Am I Black enough for you?

Am I Black enough for you?

Dr Tony Sewell’s report into racial disparities wasn’t the only research published last week which interrogated issues of ‘race’. With rather less fanfare and controversy, our evaluation of Eclipse Theatre’s ambitious Slate.Black.Arts.World was also signed off. At a time when it feels that we are increasingly cast adrift from the continent of Europe, it felt interesting to…

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Fish and chips

Fish and chips

We’re looking forward to working with colleagues at Scarborough Museums Trust and Crescent Arts, supporting them to interpret diversity, equity and inclusion for their specific context. We anticipate some interesting and illuminating conversations with staff, trustees, freelancers, volunteers and others which will help to shape  framework for future actions. We also hope to test the…

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A Tale of Two Wards

A Tale of Two Wards

We’re just completing an interesting piece of research on behalf of the Royal Armouries in Leeds supporting the organisation in gaining a more in depth understanding of its near neighbours in Hunslet and Riverside and Burmantofts and Richmond Hill – both inner city wards in Leeds which have changed and evolved over the period of…

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Uplift Action Researchers

Uplift Action Researchers

Leah Francis is the Outreach Manager and Co-founder of Speak Woman Speak theatre collective. The Company formed in February 2013, and seeks to highlight hidden voices of diverse women. Work by the company includes: Loss, Unknown and Soledad & Betto funded by Arts Council England. The company’s work has been performed at Yorkshire Dance and…

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Uplift Action Researchers

Uplift Action Researchers

Seki Lynch is a literary creative – he writes facts, fiction, poetry and lyrics. He is the author of a work of non-fiction, Ten Drinks that Changed the World, which is a compendium of ten different alcoholic spirits. Seki’s poetry has appeared online and in several print anthologies. He has written poetry for the V&A…

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Uplift Action Researchers

Uplift Action Researchers

Sheila Freeman is a recent University of Leeds MA Communication and Media graduate. She has a varied background in paid and voluntary work settings, within education, counselling, IAG/careers guidance, community arts and oral history projects, to name but a few. In recent years, she has developed a passion for social research with a widening participation,…

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