Statement: We stand to denounce racism in all its forms

Posted by

We stand to denounce racism in all its forms.

We, the undersigned from the cultural sector of the North East, declare that silence is not ok and silence is seen as complicity. Racism has no place in a just and humane society.

Whilst we cannot undo pain and neglect, we are calling on all of us in the arts, cultural, heritage sectors; professional and voluntary to work together to address racism and its deep roots. We must listen, have conversations and most importantly act, we know we need to do better. Everyone is part of the solution – artists, staff, trustees, partners, promoters, audiences and communities.

We want to tackle this together in sharing better understanding and practices. We stand united to bring about change in our thinking and actions as a collective of organisations and individuals.

In the weeks and months to come we will collectively act to build on this statement with concrete steps and actions to demonstrate our commitment to bringing about real change. We ask you to stand with us.

We contacted as many organisations and individuals we could in a short space of time. Apologies if you were not contacted and we ask you to join us now.


If you would like to join us in these future conversations please contact any of the points of contacts listed below:

Alphabetti Theatre
Signee: Ali Pritchard, Artistic/Executive Director
Contact: Ali Pritchard, [email protected]

The Angelou Centre
Signee: Rosie Lewis, Deputy Director & VAWG Services Manager

ARC Stockton
Signee: Annalbel Turpin
Contact: [email protected]

Assembly Rooms Theatre Durham
Signee: Kate Barton
Contact: [email protected]

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Signee: Sarah Munro, Director
Contact: Caroline Murphy, [email protected]

Beverley Prevatt Goldstein
Contact: [email protected]

Camisado Club
Signee: Caroline Liversidge, Camisado Club
Contact: [email protected]

Centre for Life, Newcastle
Signee: Linda Conlon
Contact: Louise Richardson, [email protected]

Company of Others
Signee: Nadia Iftkhar, Artistic Director & CEO
Contact: Nadia Iftkhar, [email protected]

Curious Arts
Signee: Phil Douglas, Director
Contact: Ellie Puckering, [email protected]

Curious Monkey
Signee: Amy Golding
Contact: [email protected]

Creative Seed
Contact: Sandy and Garner Harris, Founding Directors

Dance City
Signee: Phil Douglas
Contact: Phil Douglas, [email protected]

Degna Stone
Poet and editor

Gateway Studio CIO
Signee: Martin Hylton, Artistic Director/CEO
Contact: Martin Hylton, [email protected]

Signee: Vikas Kumar MBE, Director
Contact: Vikas Kumar, [email protected]

Signee: Sean Burn

Harambee Pasadia CIC
Signee: Hannabiell Sanders
Contact: Hannabiell Sanders, [email protected]

Kitchen Zoo
Signee: Bob Nicholson
Contact: [email protected]

Ladies of Midnight Blue
Signee: Yilis Suriel
Point of contact: Yilis Suriel, [email protected]

The Letter Room
Signees: Meghan Doyle and Stan Hodgson, Co-Artistic Directors
contact: [email protected]

Little Cog
Signee: Vici Wreford-Sinnott, Artistic Director
Contact: [email protected]

Live Theatre
Signee: Jim Beirne, Chief Executive
Contact: [email protected]

The NewBridge Project
Signee: Rebecca Huggan, Director
Contact: [email protected]

New Writing North
Claire Malcolm, Chief Executive
Contact: Claire Malcolm, [email protected]

Newcastle City Council Arts Team
Signee: Cllr Ged Bell (Cabinet Member for Culture)
Contact: Jim Mawdsley, Arts and Culture Senior Advisor, [email protected]

Newcastle University
Signee: Professor Julie Sanders, Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Contact: [email protected]

Northern Roots
Signee: Adam Collerton, Director
Contact: [email protected]

Northern Stage
Signee: Kate Denby, CEO Northern Stage
Contact: Mark McCalvert, [email protected]

Contact: Steven Walker, Creative Director

Open Clasp
Signees: Joint Chief Executives Catrina McHugh MBE / Ellie Turner
Contacts: [email protected], [email protected]

Sage Gateshead
Signee: Abigail Pogson, Director
Contact: Wendy Smith, [email protected]

Signee: Padma Rao

Seven Stories
Signee: John Coburn
Contact: Amanda Beckham, [email protected]

Skimstone Arts
Signee: Claire Webster-Saaramets, Director
Contact: Claire Webster-Saaramets, [email protected]

Susan Ashley
AHRC Researcher
Contact: [email protected]

Newcastle Theatre Royal
Signee: Philip Bernays, Chief Executive

Tyneside Cinema
Signee: Holli Keeble, Chief Executive Officer
Contact: Holli Keeble, [email protected]

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
Signee: Iain Watson, Director
Contact: Bill Griffiths, [email protected]

Tyne and Wear Cultural Freelancers
Signee: Leila d’Aronville
Contact: Leila d’Aronville, [email protected]

Unfolding Theatre
Signees: Michael Barrass, Alex Elliott, Garry Lydon, Annie Rigby and Luca Rutherford
Contact: [email protected]

Signee: Nikolas Barrera
Contact: [email protected]

Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir
Signees: Mathapelo Imarhiagbe, Chinyere Igun, Glen Smiley