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The Homecoming Project

The Homecoming Project

In a departure from our usual work in the arts and cultural sector, we’ve appreciated the opportunity to work with black-led CIC – The Diverse Creative – to interrogate how blackness intersects with disability in the workplace. What we learned was that the impacts of ‘race’ and neurodivergence combined and intersected in sometimes surprising ways according to…

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I just wanted to say a big “thank you” for such a useful session earlier this week. I thought that the day was one of the best training days I’d ever been on, or hosted. It was very thoughtful, focuses for our environment and operated in a very open and welcoming way. I feel like…

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The World Reimagined

The World Reimagined

We’re delighted to have been engaged to evaluate The World Reimagined, an ambitious programme of work spearheaded by luminaries including Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, Baroness Lola Young, Yinka Shonibare CBE and Chair and co-founder, Michelle Gayle. This ground breaking, national arts education project aims to transform our understanding of the Transatlantic Traffic in Enslaved Africans and…

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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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