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How do academics talk to Black and minority-ethnic (BME) communities? How can BME-led arts, cultural, heritage and community organisations make more mutually productive collaborations with Universities?

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There is a `common cause’ to be forged between Arts and Humanities academics seeking to pluralise and deepen their accounts of the world and their collaborations with BME artists, organisations and communities. Common Cause is a programme which seeks to map, understand and improve these collaborations. What makes such projects and working relationships work well or fail? What are the benefits and challenges to both parties? And what would enable more BME artists and BME-led organisations to access the rich research and development resources of their local, regional and national Universities?

The Runnymede Trust, as part of Common Cause (run by Bristol University through its Connected Communities Programme) are hosting a one-day workshop which seeks to lead a discussion on how to make such collaborations much more co-productive. This all-day event will provide an open space for talking through (often difficult) experiences, concerns and risks as well as articulating the rich potential of such collaborations.

In addition to Bristol University and the Runnymede Trust, Common Cause partners are Xtend (UK) Ltd, Liverpool University, University of Nottingham’s Centre for Race & Rights, Professor Charles Forsdick from Translating Cultures AHRC programme, the Arts Council and other community partners such as Voice4Change and Takethespace. This session will be facilitated by David Bryan from Xtend (UK) Ltd, Dr Karen Salt from Centre for Race & Rights and Dr Omar Khan from the Runnymede Trust.

PARTICIPANTS

This is an open call for participants, but you are especially encouraged to attend if you are a BME artist, writer, scholar, community worker, activist or educator. If you have lead or set up any arts or community-based projects, or attempted to do so. Have sought or experienced a collaborative project with a University or other academic institution or work in Further/Higher Education. Or, perhaps you are an academic yourself, perhaps with some experience of local arts and community-based indivduals and organisations.

BURSARIES FOR PARTICIPATION

Runnymede are able to offer a small number of travel and subsistence bursaries for participation, which will be given on a combined needs/first-come-first served basis. Please email your interest and request to info@runnymedetrust.org with "Bursaries" in the subject line.


FUTHER INFORMATION:

Email: info@runnymedetrust.org

Website: www.commoncauseresearch.com

BIOGRAPHIES

DAVID BRYAN is a management consultant and the Director of Xtend (UK) Ltd with over twenty-five years’ experience of organisational development, management development and equality training in the voluntary and public sector. In addition, he has a long history of working in the arts, for instance, training Arts Council staff to implement change in relation to equality and diversity. He is currently a member of the National Council for Arts Council (England) and Chair of Working With Men.

DR KAREN SALT has worked on issues of race and power for twenty years. During that time, she has led community-based research projects, run non-profits (at the regional and international level) and engaged in sustained involvement in initiatives around racial equality and social justice. A leading theorist on race, she has been involved in a range of UK-wide initiatives and projects aimed at increasing the presence of BME researchers and the participation of BME communities in the research landscape.

DR OMAR KHAN is Director of the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s race equality research and policy think-tank. He has lead research, written reports and spoken on topics such as financial inclusion for BME communities, multiculturalism, integration, socio-economic disadvantage and positive action for nearly twenty years. His latest report Minority Report: Race and Class in Post-Brexit Britain can be read here:

http://www.runnymedetrust.org/uploads/publications/pdfs/Race%20and%20Class%20Post-Brexit%20Perspectives%20report%20v5.pdf


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