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    Be Honest, Why is your Organisation Booking Antiracism Training?

    By Rebbbecca Hemmings Mid-sentence, I was interrupted. The lone black man in the room accompanied by his white colleagues gently but insistently interjected “Rebbecca, can I stop you there?” From the look on his face, I could see he needed to speak in that moment. I nodded. “In my 30+ years of working for this organisation, I have never had my white colleagues describe and acknowledge racism for what it truly is.” He shared. Noticing the loaded emotion behind his eyes and knowing what he was experiencing, I asked “And how does that feel?” There was a pregnant pause followed by one simple word which I understood symbolised so many…

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    The Growing White Elephant in Birmingham

    ***This blog was originally written by Rebbecca Hemmings in 2016, a version this was published by Arts Professional online magazine, entitled ‘Birmingham’s Big Problem’. This is part 1 of 3*** We have a huge problem in our city and it is getting bigger. Are Birmingham’s arts organisations fit for purpose? The short answer is ‘no’. Well not entirely, not when it comes to delivering high quality arts for and with all. I know that may hurt some of you reading this, so I must warn you if you are scared of being asked difficult questions and hearing some really honest responses, then you might not to want to continue reading…