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Black Lives Matter

Saturday 1st August

A Taliesin Arts Centre statement on the Black Lives Matter movement


The brutal murder of George Floyd has brought racial injustice into sharp focus and has made us stop and think about our community here at Taliesin Arts Centre.

As part of Swansea University, we pride ourselves on being open, safe and inclusive, welcoming visitors from all over the world, and we are committed to creating a community based on respect and equality for one another. However, we know we’re not perfect. Much more can, and will be done, as we do our part to help eradicate racism.

To our Black students, colleagues, audiences and artists; we want you to know that we are listening, learning and are committed to finding ways to end discrimination of any kind and to bring about positive change.

In Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

 

The future in relation to Taliesin

Following our statement and words of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, we have been thinking hard about how we can make real changes within our circles. We recognise the important role that the arts and culture sector has to play in addressing inequalities in our society and the part we play in challenging and ending systems that privilege some over others. We also recognise there are areas where we would like to
have been stronger in the past, especially in the diversity of our teams for example.

We are committed to change, but we acknowledge that sometimes we will get things wrong. When we do, we won’t shy away from the difficult conversations as we seek to create the most inclusive, the most open and the most positively future-focused space for audiences, artists, staff and the students of Swansea University.

Over the past few years we have made changes to our programmes to ensure they are more diverse and representative of the communities we work for, however, there is always more we can do.

Our next steps look something like this:
1. As part of Swansea University, we share an equalities and diversity policy. We will review this and make the necessary changes to ensure it is fit for our purpose as a presenter and occasional producer of arts events. We are signed up to the Race Equality Charter Mark. More can be found here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/jobs-atswansea/equality-and-diversity/raceequalitychartermark/

2. We will set out clear goals and action towards a more equal and representative workplace, diversifying the people we are working with including our staff team, collaborators, advisors and artists we support etc.

3. We will ensure that our channels of communication (website, social media etc) reflect the society we are actively working to build or challenge the status quo to bring greater awareness, discussion and understanding.

4. We will continue to attend sector-led conversations about the change that is needed and have pledged support towards these initiatives to help them succeed.

5. We will continue to educate ourselves on topics including systemic racism, unconscious bias and cultural appropriation that are all too prevalent in society and our industry in order not to perpetuate systemic issues.


Our commitment to this plan will require us to constantly listen, learn and push ourselves. As we develop as an organisation, we will need to review and update our plan to make sure we are on top of it and that we are still ambitious in our aims. This statement is a pledge of support and solidarity to all those fighting for a more just and more equal society.