28 March 2019 to 31 March 2019
28 March 2019 to 31 March 2019

Nothing about us without us


In a world as diverse as ours, identity is a hot topic. When programming work about a specific identity group, do we want to give power and control over to members of that group? Do we take liberties when showcasing the work? Who is setting the rules? What do we want to achieve?

To discuss further how we can make cultural democracy a reality, see the Cultural democracy in practice session.

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Hull New Theatre - Restaurant
Kingston Square
United Kingdom
30 March, 2019 - 11:30 to 13:00

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image of David TOVEY

Evening everyone, 

Thought i'd post this BBC Radio4 documentary I presented last year about Outsiders. I think its very revelant to our session.



Posted 1 year 4 months ago
image of Marie-Adeline TAVARES

Morning everyone,

Thanks David Tovey for sharing !

I would like to share the Ariane Mnouchkine editorial of 22nd October concerning Kanata and the relevant definition of what an actor is by Hélène Cixous (in french).



Posted 1 year 4 months ago
image of Marie-Adeline TAVARES

Morning everyone,

I would like to share two ressources :

a book : Felwine Sarr, Habiter le monde (in french) and

our article/review about Kanata http://www.culturesendialogue.fr/kanata-un-theatre-monde/


Posted 1 year 3 months ago
image of Tarik Elmoutawakil

Hello! I will be moderating this talk. In advance of this session here are some links that to articles and videos that may inform the discussion. 

*First up, a transcription of a talk I created for IETM in 2017:HOW TO AVOID TOKENISM IN PROGRAMMING

  • * The subject of 'intersectionality' is likely to come up, if you haven't heard of the term, here is a short video explaining it.  
  • *This article highlights how structural inequlaity problems are still faced by the UK arts sector and questions the industry's more recent reliance on treating diversity as a business argument rather than a social justice one.

    *Nothing About Us Without Us is a phrase made popular by the disability social justice movement, and it has been used to highlight structural power injustices throughout social justice. Here is a TEDx talk relating to the impact of this movement when applied to the food industry. How can this be applied to your area of the arts industry? 

Posted 1 year 3 months ago
image of Tim Wheeler

I’m interested in 'following the money' in relation to this topic - when working with different groups - who gains financial benefit? 

My own background is in working with learning disabled people and the payment situations here are complicated. Currently, many learning disability arts charities employ full-time non-disabled people and only offer part-time, temporary work for learning disabled people. As a result, most of the money that funders provide does not go to disabled colleagues but to non-disabled colleagues. Often learning disabled people receive £20 a week 'top-up' on their benefits, yet they turn up on time, do a full days rehearsal, or admin work, and work unsocial hours like their non-disabled peers, who are gaining full payment. 

In some situations, learning disabled people are even paying for the opportunity to take part - they have become participants or trainees rather than artists. In the UK this is happening through a process called direct payments where a disabled person has between £35 and £50 per day from the state available to attend activities. This makes sense when someone is in training or accessing the arts as a recreational activity, but if companies use this as a way to subsidise activities, does it mean that learning disabled people can never become professional paid workers? There are non-arts organisations that successfully pay learning disabled people a living wage for the work they do. I’m not sure why it’s not possible in the arts.

Is this common in other areas other than learning disability? How do those based in different countries support learning disabled artists?

Posted 1 year 3 months ago