Work and unionsLeft StrategyArt and Culture

The problem with representation

Sat 05.09.20
GMT+1 / British Summer Time
Capacity: Loading...

Throughout recent crises, many arts institutions have paid lip service to ‘diversity’ whilst firing their most precarious, socially marginalised and racially minoritised workers. Is this hypocrisy? Or is it, perhaps, the cold truth of how institutional discrimination operates today? How should we resist? And what do we want to build instead? Join our speakers to discuss how to move beyond a neoliberal politics of ‘inclusion’ and ‘representation’. How might we organise collectively, to fight racism, sexism, ableism, atomisation and more.


Sonali Bhattacharyya is an activist and award-winning playwright. Her work for the stage includes Megaball (National Theatre Learning), 2066 (Almeida Theatre, Participatory), Slummers (Cardboard Citizens/Bunker), and The Invisible Boy (Kiln Theatre). She’s currently under commission to Kiln Theatre and Fifth Word and is writer in residence with National Theatre Studio. She was elected to Momentum’s National Coordinating Group in July.


Zita is an awards winning human rights and equality campaigner and community and trade union activist, the joint National Chair of Artists' Union England, National Vice President of PCS Union and co founder and National Chair of BARAC UK. She is also a visual artist, designer, curator, poet, writer and author. Zita is part of the UNESCO Coalition of Artists for the General History of Africa and the founder and cut off the Roots Culture Identity art exhibition established by the TUC Race Relations Committee which Zita is elected to , in memory of Stephen Lawrence. She is elected to the TUC Women's Committee and General Federation of Trade Unions National Executive Committee. She is also part of European Public Services Union NEA Committee and co-ordinator of the EPSU BAME workers network and part of the Public Services International Education and Culture committee.

Zita has advised the European Commission on social inclusion and gender in the culture sector and is co-editor of a European wide report into gender discrimination and barriers in the culture sector. She is a co founder of BAME Lawyers for Justice and BME Lawyers for Grenfell.



Redundancy resources for Arts and Culture workers - TWT20


Arts & culture for the many

Come dine with TWT: Cooking with Migrateful
Thu 03.09.20
6PM7:30pm (GMT+1)
Fighting back against mass redundancies in Arts and Culture
Sat 05.09.20
10AM11:30am (GMT+1)
With Amanda Walker, Paul Valentine, Joe Hayns, Andrew Candish, Rob Howat & Cristina Petrella
Panel and discussion
Solidarity and recovery in the cultural sector
Sat 05.09.20
2:30pm4PM (GMT+1)
With Maya Goodfellow, Shawab Iqbal, Joon Lynn Goh & Stella Kanu
Panel and discussion
Towards an Arts utopia
Sat 05.09.20
4:30pm6PM (GMT+1)
With Season Butler, Rhiannon White & Bayryam Mustafa Bayryamali
Illustration & discussion
Mapping the Arts and Culture union landscape
Sat 05.09.20
6:30pm7:30pm (GMT+1)
With Siddhi Gupta
DIY Film School: Lights, camera, agitate! Part 1
Sun 06.09.20
2:30pm4PM (GMT+1)
Cabaret Night (in support of SWARM)
Mon 07.09.20
9PM10:30pm (GMT+1)
DIY Film School: Lights, camera, agitate! Part 2
Sun 13.09.20
1PM2:30pm (GMT+1)
Reading group
A Good Night Out reading group: Community DIY centres and socialist culture
Sun 13.09.20
3PM4:30pm (GMT+1)
With Emma Warren & Alan Lane
"The past we inherit, the future we build": Discussion with The Women's Banner Group
Thu 17.09.20
12noon1:30pm (GMT+1)
Instagram Live
Fri 18.09.20
6:30pm8PM (GMT+1)
Collective Listening Session
Collective Listening: A Journey into Sonic Afrofuturism
Fri 18.09.20
8:30pm10PM (GMT+1)
With Jeremy Gilbert & Julian Henriques
Pub Quiz
Novara Media presents: Not Another Zoom Pub Quiz
Sat 19.09.20
8PM10:30pm (GMT+1)
With Michael Walker & Ash Sarkar
Panel and screening
"Injustice" screening and fundraiser for the National Memorial Family Fund
Sun 20.09.20
7:30pm10:30pm (GMT+1)
With Tru Powell, Ken Fero & Michelle Kelly
TWT20 Closing Party
Sun 27.09.20
7PM10PM (GMT+1)
With Owen Jones, Jelly Cleaver, Queer House Party, Carrot, Enyi Okoronkwo & Ella MacLeod
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following organisations in our educational and research work:
AutonomyRosa Luxemburg Stiftung LondonTransform! EuropeMomentumLipman Miliband Trust
About UsFundingPrivacy Policy