Set up by Take Art The Diversity Forum is a safe space for the performing arts community of Somerset to gather and talk honestly about diversity, meet potential partners and champion new projects.
Our second event, Stimulating Women, took place at the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton on 25 April 2017 and proved to be an inspiring afternoon of provocation. Fodo Higginson challenged the school
music curriculum to be less male-biased and called for venues to consider their programming gender balance; Vanessa LeFrancois made us think about the lack of female cultural leaders; Emily Souter Johnson talked about her route into working in the arts and Kira Lewis, a member of the Youth Parliament, put role models for young women under the spotlight.
Cabaret performer Audacity Chutzpah (aka Leela Bunce) entertained us with a whizz through ‘herstory’, from the Suffragette era to bang up to date.
Our next event will focus on ‘class’ and aims to spark topical debate around challenging stereotypes in the Arts.