Wednesday 21st September 2022, 11am – 6.30pm
You are welcome to join us for the whole day or book individual sessions.
We will be addressing the following questions: How can we bring about equitable change in our everyday work? What action can we take to start instituting equity within the Visual Arts?
Taking place on Zoom, Making Time for Equitable Change is a day-long programme of public learning events informed by the findings of CVAN’s Fair and Equitable programme report ‘Fostering Equity in the Visual Arts’. Making Time for Equitable Change focuses on sharing knowledge about how organisations, artists and arts workers can make practical changes to create more equitable working practices in the visual arts sector.
Themed workshops and discussions with guest speakers will explore topics including:
11 - 12.15 The role of language in communicating diversity Led by Binita Walia. 12.30 - 13.30 Creating Equitable Partnerships Facilitated by Jessica Taylor, Head of Programmes of International Curators Forum. With Bolanle Tajudeen, founder of Black Blossoms, and Seth Amani Scafe-Smith from RESOLVE Collective. 14.30 - 15.30 Disability and Governance With Tim Wheeler 17.00 - 18.30 What do we do when things go wrong? With Amanda Parker We aim to create a space where all participants and audiences are able to explore issues of equity bravely and with compassion. The Fair and Equitable programme team has created a set of Community Participation Guidelines and we invite you to read the guidelines before attending the events. Although our intention is to foster spaces of mutual support within these sessions, please be aware that the sessions may contain references to experiences of ableism, ageism, classism, homophobia, racism, sexism, transphobia and xenophobia. In joining these sessions, please take care of the effects that such references may have on you - listen and respond to whatever you feel you need. BSL interpretation and auto captions via Zoom will be provided. If you have any other access requirements please get in touch with us firstname.lastname@example.org The events will take place on Zoom and the same Zoom link will be used for all events throughout the day. The events will be recorded and recordings will be available on this page after the event.
Schedule 11:00-11.15 Welcome and introduction
Dr Cecilia Wee, Lead for the CVAN Fair and Equitable programme pilot year and co-author of the research report ‘Fostering Equity in the Visual Arts' and Rukhsana Jahangir, co-ordinator for the CVAN Fair and Equitable programme provide a welcome to the day.
11:15-12:15 Workshop on communicating diversity, led by Binita Walia
Binita will be exploring the theme of ‘communicating diversity’, to help artists and artsworkers in the visual arts sector, including those who work on marketing and communications, to develop more confidence and engage with the power of language to communicate diversity and difference. Book your free place here.
12:30-13:30 Creating more equitable partnerships with the International Curators Forum
A workshop and emergent conversation about fostering more equitable collaborations between large and small organisations, including international collaborations between organisations in the Global South and the Global North. The session will reflect on approaches to cultural production, funding, equity and sustainability in relation to experiences of collaborative partnerships. The session is part of a programme of work led by International Curators Forum to learn, share and develop strategies for fostering new methodologies and ways of working together that are equally beneficial and productive for all partners and responsive to their respective communities. Book your free place here.
13:30-14:30 LUNCH BREAK
14:30-15:30 Disability and Governance, a conversation with Tim Wheeler
In June 2022, Tim Wheeler published the report ‘'Place/s at the Table': A review of disability and governance in the Cultural Sector’, exploring the benefits and barriers to the involvement of D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people as board members within the arts and cultural sector, commissioned by Clore Leadership. In this session, we do a deep dive into the report’s findings and recommendations, exploring what is required to create effective and sustainable support for disability and governance in the cultural sector. Book your free place here.
15.30 - 16.30 BREAK
17:00-18:30 What do we do when things go wrong? With Amanda Parker Amanda Parker in conversation with Dr Cecilia Wee about the relationship between equity and the stories we tell ourselves and our peers about success, risk and how we learn. This will be followed by some closing words and prompts for reflection about the day from Dr Cecilia Wee and Rukhsana Jahangir. Book your free place here.
Binita Walia is an experienced freelance Public Relations consultant, helping companies and individuals raise their visibility through strategic PR and powerful storytelling. Binita work’s with a diverse portfolio of clients in the arts, creative and arts/tech sectors. Current clients include Museums Galleries Scotland, Clore Foundation, Extraordinary Bodies, Green Space Dark Skies and Horizon showcase. www.thespaceinbetween.co.uk
International Curators Forum (ICF) offers a dynamic and evolving programme that responds to the conditions and contexts impacting creative practitioners through commissions, exhibitions, projects, publications and events. We provide tools and platforms for professional development and facilitate an open peer-to-peer network inviting participants to be part of a generative system of skills and knowledge transfer. Based in London, ICF has conceived and produced projects with artists, curators and thinkers who engage with diaspora across the UK, Europe, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.
RESOLVE is an interdisciplinary design collective that combines architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges. They have delivered numerous projects, workshops, publications, and talks in the UK and across Europe, all of which look toward realising just and equitable visions of change in our built environment. Bolanle Tajudeen (she/her) is the founder of Black Blossoms - an expanded curatorial platform showcasing contemporary Black women and non-binary artists since 2015. In 2020 Bolanle launched the Black Blossoms School of Art and Culture, an online learning platform decolonizing art education.
Tim Wheeler is an independent arts consultant, award-winning performance maker, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester. Tim is co-founder of and, between 1988 and 2014, was Artistic Director and joint CEO of Mind the Gap (UK), a theatre company working with learning disabled and non-disabled artists. His version of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men won the Stage/TMA award for Outstanding Achievement in Regional Theatre in 2002. In the 1990s, he collaborated with Augusto Boal to make Theatre of the Oppressed accessible to learning disabled artists in the UK. He is currently working with Jana Sanskriti, Kolkata and Graeae on a British Council funded UK-India Together project inspired by TS Eliot’s The Waste Land, which will premiere in India on 3rd December 2022. Recent publications include: Reflecting on Change: Exploring an international disability arts programme (2021) for the British Council and Place/s at the Table: A review of disability and governance in the Cultural Sector (2022) for Clore Leadership. He has recently been appointed Senior Project Manager with Arts Council England to develop a UK-wide Arts Access Scheme with Arts Council Northern Ireland, Warts Council Wales, The BFI and Creative Scotland. www.timwheelerarts.com Image © Carolyn Mendelsohn 2017
Amanda Parker is the Director of Policy and Communications at The Forward Institute, a non-profit that works with corporate industry to build responsible leadership. Formerly editor of Arts Professional magazine, Parker is founder of Inc Arts UK, and campaigns for greater inclusion in the arts sector workforce.