Black Lives Matter
In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, Leeds' Black and Brown Female Cultural Leaders have spoken up regarding the talent and diversity that goes into their creative practice, despite being up against barriers of systemic racism and inequality. The full statement from Eclipse theatre can be found here.
We at Space2 would like to thank the Black and Brown women leaders in the city for your statement, your tireless and inspiring contributions to the cultural life of the city and dedication to representing the diversity of our communities in your work.
We acknowledge the hurt and sadness of Black and Brown people and communities of colour and stand in awe of your resolution and commitment of an open heart. We also acknowledge the richness of culture; celebration; challenge; talent and inspiration that our artists bring to the City.
As an arts and social change organisation, Space2 pledges to work with you and your organisations in your continued mission to ensure the voices and experiences of our diverse communities are cherished and celebrated in our work too.
We seek to educate ourselves to become better allies. We look to our own organisation to better support Black and Brown artists and staff and take part in open, honest conversations in the City.
We stand in solidarity with you and all Leeds Black and Brown artists and communities of colour in a call for justice and meaningful and lasting change.
Our freelance writer Michelle Scally Clarke has compiled her own poem related to this vital movement. This can be found here.