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: [email protected]

Ampersand Inventions
Signees: Jonpaul Kirvan FRSA / Peter Marchal, Directors
Contact: [email protected]

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

Anna Robinson
Sceneographer
Contact: [email protected]

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

Arts&Heritage
Stephanie Allen, Executive Director
Contact: [email protected]

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

balletLORENT
Signee: Lic Lorent
Contact: [email protected]

Blowin' A Hooley Theatre
Contact: [email protected]

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

Ben Dickenson
Contact: [email protected]
Executive Producer, City of Dreams / Associate Literary Producer Alphabetti

Beverley Prevatt Goldstein
Signee: Beverley Prevatt Goldstein
Contact: [email protected]

Bonnie & the Bonnettes
Signees: Hattie Eason, Cameron Sharp and Rebecca Glendenning, Co-Founders of Bonnie and The Bonnettes. 
Contact: [email protected]

Brash
Signee: Bethan Kitchen, Artistic Director
Cpontact: [email protected]

Bridge+Tunnel Productions
Signee: Tina Gharavi, Creative Director
Contact: [email protected]

Butcher’s Dog Poetry Magazine
Dr. Jo Clement, Managing Editor

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

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

Cobalt Studios
Contact: [email protected]

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

Coracle Productions
Signee: Matt Jamie, Artistic Director
Contact: [email protected]

The Culture Vulture
Signee: Rachel Horton
Contact: [email protected]

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

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

Creative Seed
Contact: Sandy and Garner Harris, Founding Directors

D6 Culture in Transit
Clymene Christoforou, Director

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

Degna Stone
Poet and editor

Disconsortia
Lisette Auton, Co-founding Member
Contact: [email protected]

East Durham Creates
Signees: Jess Hunt & Malcolm Fallow
Contact: [email protected]

Eliot Smith Dance (ESD
Signee: Eliot Smith, Artistic Director
Contact: [email protected]

Elizabeth Kane
Artist
Contact: [email protected]

Ednie Wilson
Gateshead

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

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

Gobscure
Signee: Sean Burn
Contact: [email protected]

Gosforth Civic Theatre
Contact: [email protected]

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

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

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

The Letter Room
Signee: Meghan Doyle & Stan Hodgson -
Contact:  
[email protected] stan.hodgson[email protected]


Little Cog

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

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

Luxi
Signee: Caroline Pearce
Contact: [email protected]

Melody Sproates
Artist/Performer

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)
Signee: Laura Sillars, MIMA Director and Dean of MIMA School of Art & Design
Contact: [email protected]

Mortal Fools
Signee: Kiz Crosbie, Artistic Director/CEO
Contact: [email protected]

Mslexia
Debbie Taylor, Editorial Director
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]

Newcastles of the World
Signee: David Faulkner
Contact: [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 Theatre Royal
Signee: Philip Bernays, Chief Executive

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

North East Culture Partnership
Signee: Matthew Jaratt
Contact: [email protected]

North East Emerging Museum Professionals Group 
Signee: Hannah Mather
Contact: [email protected]

Northern Print
Signee: Anna Wilkinson, Director
Contact: [email protected]

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

Northern Stage
Signee: Kate Denby, Executive Director
Contact: Mark Calvert, [email protected]

November Club
Signee: Cinzia Hardy, Artistic Director
Contact: [email protected]

OGRE
Signee: Steven Walker, Creative Director

One For All Productions 
Signee: John MacMahon, Creative Director 
Contact: [email protected] 

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

Orbis
Signees: Jonpaul Kirvan FRSA, Paul Stone, Chris Yeats

Origin Moko Jumbies
Signee: Alan Vaughan
Contact: [email protected]

Prometheus Foundation CIC
Contact: Dot Owston

Ruth Johnson
Director/Writer/Actor
Contact: [email protected]

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

Sangini
Signee: Padma Rao

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

Side By Side Arts CIC
Signee: Stuart Angus, Director
Contact: [email protected]

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

Slugtown
Signees: Max Lee and Matt Antoniak, Co-directors

Summer Streets Festival
Signee: Ross Millard
Contact: [email protected]

Streetwise Young People’s Project
Signee: Mandy Coppin (Taylor)

Sunderland Culture
Signee: Graeme Thompson
Contact: [email protected]

Sunderland Music Hub
Signee: Lizzie Nixon
Contact: [email protected]

Susan Ashley
AHRC Researcher
Contact: [email protected]

Dr. Tina Gharavi
Creative Director, Bridge+Tunnel
Senior Lecturer in English: Digital Media/Film, Newcastle University

Tees Valley Arts
Signee: James Beighton, Executive Director
Contact: [email protected]

Theatre Hullabaloo
Signees: Miranda Thain, Chief Executive & Artistic Producer
Contact: [email protected]

Theatre Sans Frontieres
Signee: Sarah Kemp
Contact: [email protected] 
The Six Twenty
Signee: Melanie Rashbrooke, Artistic Director
Contact: [email protected]
Thinking/Practice
Signee: Mark Robinson

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

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

Twisterella Festival
Signees: Andy Carr and Henry Carden
Contact: [email protected]

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

VAMOS!
Signee: Nikolas Barrera
Contact: [email protected]

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

Waka Waka Africa North East
Signee: David Fualkner
Contact: [email protected]

We Make Culture CIC
Signee: Laura Brewis, Project Director
Contact: [email protected]

Yvette Ja Hawkins
Visual Artist
Contact: [email protected]

Added 16th June 2020:

The Common Room
Signee: LizMayes
Contact: [email protected]

Cumberland Arms
Signee: Jo Hodson
Contact: Jo Hodson, [email protected]

DrumDin
Signee: Carol Alevroyianni
Contact: [email protected]

Jack Drum Arts CIC
Signee: Helen Ward, Managing Director
Contact: [email protected]

Middlesbrough Council Cultural buildings
Middlesbrough Town Hall, Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough Museums
Signee: Mieka Smiles, Executive Member for Culture, Middlesbrough Council.
Contact: [email protected]

NewcastleGateshead Initiative
Signee: Shelley Johnson
Contact: [email protected]

Northern Alchemy Brewery
Signee: Andrew AItchison
Contact: [email protected]

The Old Coal Yard
Signee: Carl Kennedy
Contact: [email protected]

On Board Arts street theatre company
Signee: Nik Alevroyiannis, Artistic Director
Contact: [email protected]

Paco Rivera, Musician
Contact: [email protected]

SALTo Arts Productions
Signee: Richard Broderick
Contact: [email protected]

Added 23rd June 2020

Artist Union England
Signee: Theresa Easton
Contact: [email protected]

Bensham Grove
Signee: Shirley Brown, Chair
Contact: Vikas Kumar, Vice Chair, [email protected]

Circus Central
Sarah Carrie, Operations Director
Contact: [email protected]

Citizen Songwriters CIC
Signee: Sam Slatcher and Alex Summerson, Directors
Contact: [email protected]

Converge at Northumbria
Signee: Ally Hunter Byron – Coordinator 
Contact: [email protected] 

The Culture Durham Partnership
Signed by Tony Harrington, chair
Contact: [email protected]

The Cultural Spring
Signee: Emma Horsman 
Contact: [email protected]

Dingy Butterflies CIC
Signee: Ben Jones, Founder & Director
Contact: [email protected]

East Durham Creates
Signees: Jess Hunt & Malcolm Fallow
Contact: [email protected]

Explore Lifelong Learning
Signee: Dorothy Stainsby, Co-chair, Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre CIO
Contact: [email protected]

Gateshead Council
Signee: Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure
Contact: [email protected]

The Invisible Labs
Signee: Bhavani Esapathi, Founding Director
Contact: [email protected]

Keep Our NHS Public North East (KONPNE)
Signee: Jude Letham
[email protected]

Katie Mitchell
Arts and Health Network, North East

Laura Fish
Writer and lecturer at Northumbria University
[email protected]

Louise Evan Wong 
Individual
[email protected]

Luca Rutherford
writer + performer
[email protected]

Megan Brown
Dance Artist
[email protected]

Music Partnership North Newcastle
Signee: Georgina Biddle, Senior Specialist Music Service 
Contact: [email protected] 

Network Artists North East
Signee: Jo Liddle
Contact: [email protected]

Empty Shop CIC
Signee: Nick Malayan

Sue Ward
Researcher
Contact: [email protected]

Pippa Kyle
[email protected]

North East Labour History Society
Signee: David Connolly
Contact: [email protected]

LGBT and fed North East
Signee: Phil Hayden
Contact: [email protected]

Sanjee Ratnatunga
Ideas for Change Consulting
Contact: [email protected]

Sensory Spaces, Newcastle
[email protected]

Seventeen Nineteen
Signee: Lily Daniels, Participation and Engagement Officer
Contact: [email protected]

Show Racism the Red Card
Contact name: Justine King, Educational Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

The Poetry Book Society
Signee: Sophie O’Neill
Contact: [email protected]

Sunderland Culture 
Signee: Helen Connify
[email protected]

Tin Arts
Signee: Martin Wilson, Executive Director
Contact: [email protected]

VARC
Signee: Helen Pailing
Contact: [email protected]

Well Newcastle Gateshead
Signee: Mark Mulqueen, Programme Director
Contact: [email protected] 

Added 30th June 2020

Event International

Signee: Frank Wilson
Contact: [email protected] 

Greenfield Arts
Signee: Katy Milne
Contact: [email protected]

Holly Argent
Artist/ Researcher
[email protected]

Kusoma African Book Club
Signee: Pauline Hughes (Plummer) 
Contact: [email protected]

North East of England African Community Association
Signee: Abdul-Aziz Kouamé
Contact: [email protected]

Northern Heartlands
Signee: Jill Cole
Contact: [email protected]

Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne
Signee: Nick Hodgson
Contact: [email protected]

Success4All
Signée: Caroline Afolabi-Deleu
Contact: [email protected]

Sue Woolhouse MA RCA
Ouseburn Warehouse Workshops
[email protected]

Women Artists of the North East Library
Signee: Holly Argent, Project lead
Email: [email protected]