We wrote a statement in June 2020 which shared reflections on our work in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement, and highlighted our responsibility to challenge intolerance, prejudice, and racism by taking action. Since then, we joined the discussions led by the More Than a Moment working group as they developed a pledge from the West Midlands arts sector "to take radical, bold, and immediate action, to dismantle the systems that have for too long kept Black artists and creatives from achieving their potential in the arts and cultural industries".
We, Geese Theatre Company, have signed up to this pledge to demonstrate our commitment to make real changes to the systems in which we develop and deliver our work. We are hopeful that by working together, the West Midlands arts sector can create safe creative spaces and opportunities for Black artists and can therefore "reflect and represent the UK of the 21st Century".
As an organisation with a core belief that the arts should be 'recognised as a powerful vehicle for individual and social change', we must prove ourselves right by taking action now.
We look forward to working with other organisations who are signed up, and with the working group, and will keep you posted on the actions/changes we are making as an organisation via our newsletter (sign up here) and on social media.
We acknowledge and thank all of the Black Creative Workforce for their time, honesty and emotional labour in contributing to the process that led to the co-creation of the Pledge, and to the Radically Listening research that underpins it.