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Safe & Equal Brighton: Safety of Women in the Arts

Cultural leaders across the sector have a duty to ensure that artists, performers and workers feel safe in organisations, in venues and when travelling around the city.

Culture In Our City heard from Brighton based freelance producer, Faith Dodkins on the Safe & Equal Brighton project…

 

“For the Safe & Equal Brighton pilot project I have been lucky enough to work with a small group of highly experienced and skilled women, all of whom work in the arts in Brighton & Hove – as poets, comedians, writers, activists, musicians and academics. Their contributions to the project are of huge value and have provided great insight into the issues of safety, equality and equity for women,  including trans women, disabled women, women from the global majority and non-binary people who experience misogyny,  working in the arts and cultural industries. 

Over the past three months participants have researched existing codes of conduct, examples of good practice and principles; heard examples of misogynistic behaviours within the arts and cultural sector; drafted a number of resources for organisations and women cultural workers, visiting artists and companies and developed a training workshop Safer Arts & Cultural Workspaces for venues and cultural organisations, with Good Night Out Campaign. 

At the end of the month, the group will present an overview of the work undertaken so far to key stakeholders in the City and share their ambition for the next stage of the project. 

Cultural leaders across the sector have a duty to ensure that artists, performers and workers feel safe in organisations, in venues and when travelling around the city. We want everyone in the sector to commit to keeping Brighton & Hove the rich, vibrant creative city that it is, by helping artists and freelancers thrive. Part of that work is to ensure all women, particularly women of colour, trans women and those from the LGBTQI+, Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent communities are given due respect and valued when working in our city and are represented in our arts programming, decision-making processes and in the leadership of our arts and cultural institutions. We hope that Safe & Equal Brighton is the first step in making this a reality. “

 

If you’d like to find out more please contact arts@brighton-hove.gov.uk