We are a female led arts initiative campaigning for a female led arts space. In response to unequal representation and the lack of safe spaces for women to explore what is going on around them. Capturing the recent surge of female energy, global unrest and in the wake of #timesup, #metoo, #blacklivesmatter - and a whole host of intersectional activism world wide. We have come together as a collective with a desire for change, to support and instigate shifts in the terrain and to do so through the powerful platform of the arts.
We intend to create a corner that contributes to global women’s movements, with a focus on the inclusive nature of the arts. The arts engage us to explore, along with holding valuable transformational capacities whilst despite being the fastest growing industry to GDP we find funding is consistantly cut. There are so many reasons why we want to make a success of this but our primary reason is uniting, as women to instigate and inspire creative modes of change in our social standing, treatment and power.
Imelda Staunton, CBE, stage and screen actress said of the campaign 'Lets have it, lets have a change, I don’t want to exclude people but I also think the time is ripe at the moment to maybe push that idea forward and see how it works. I think it’s worth giving it a go and seeing what happens.' 'There’s a lot of men only stuff lets maybe have a bit of women only I think why not give it a go!’
As the organisation develops we plan to nurture dialogue and conversation with men to facilitate shifts in the equilibrium. As things have progressed we are already having amazing conversations with men around us, who support this and wish to be a part of the creative unpicking of roles, relationships and social conditioning.
If unsuccessful we intend to fund female-led arts initiatives in collaboration with other venues and festivals.
Funds will be kept in a bank account under the control of Accalia Arts until such time that Theatre Royal Haymarket has been sold. Funds will be used to bid on the Haymarket Sale then used to purchase the 67 year lease.