About Inc Arts Unlock

INC ARTS UK

Unlock was created by Inc Arts UK. Inc Arts is a national collective that champions the creative, economic and contractual rights of the UK’s ethnically diverse workforce.

 

We work collaboratively across the arts and cultural sector to create peer-led solutions to redress under-representation and lack of diversity in our creative teams and workplaces.

 

We do this through research and advocacy, creating bespoke Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) solutions to arts organisations, and providing a network of advice, support and fellowship to the diverse arts workforce, across all art forms and seniority, and throughout the UK.

why unlock?

Unlock was created as a result of Inc Art’s Speak-Listen-Reset-Heal anti-racism conference in 2020.  Unlock gathers the recommendations, demands and suggestions of those most affected by racism in the arts sector, and creates a series of actions that arts and cultural organisations can take to make their places of creative practice more inclusive. 

 

Unlock has been developed from the advocacy of organisations including but not limited to: 
Eclipse Theatre, Migrants in Culture, Migrants in Theatre, Freelancers Make Theatre Work, All-Black Coalition, More than a Moment, Coventry Belgrade Theatre, Black Cultural Leaders, Anti-Racism Touring Rider, Museum Detox, and the many individuals who have made advocacy their life's work.

 

You can see these recommendations and more on Inc Arts' website here.

 

Thank you to all those working tirelessly to make anti-racist action.

what is unlock?

Inc Arts has developed the testimony, recommendations and demands into an accountability framework, Unlock, comprising over 100 actions that arts and culture organisations can commit to in order to strengthen their anti-racist practice. 

 

Inc Arts Unlock is designed to help you to bring about change. It is designed to help you make a commitment that is transparent and measurable, by including timescales alongside each action. 

 

You can choose which actions to take. You may already be doing some of them.

 

​​We will stay in touch with you to help you stay on track with your ambitions for anti-racist action.

​Our approach is founded on CONFIDENTIALITY, DIGNITY and TRUST. 

We will never share your commitments with anyone other than you - and NEVER in any digital or physical public space. Click here for details on how we manage your data.

Go to 'Take Action' to begin, and for a step-by-step guide to the Unlock process

Still have questions?

How does Unlock work?


Unlock gathers the recommendations, demands and suggestions of those most affected by racism in the arts sector, and creates a series of actions that arts and cultural organisations can take to make their places of creative practice more inclusive.​ You can choose which actions to take, and how long you can enact them in your organisation. You may already be doing some of them. Once you have chosen which actions to do, we will send you an email summary of your choices. We will also show you how your chosen actions compare to the actions chosen by other organisations in the arts and cultural sector. We will stay in touch with you to help you stay on track with your ambitions for anti-racist action.You can find out more on the Take Action page.




Who is Unlock for?


Unlock is for all creative and cultural organisations, and all organisations working with creative and cultural sector workers.




How does my organisation use Unlock? / Is Unlock an anti-racism policy?


Unlock is NOT an anti-racism policy but it can be used as guidance to help you create your own policy and understand what actions you might take to turn your policy into practice.




Am I liable to committments made in Unlock?


The actions and timeframes you commit to are for your purposes only. We may periodically check in on your progress with these actions as per the timescales you've set, but this remains confidential. We may anonymise this data and use it for research and advocacy purposes, but this will not be identifiable back to a user.




Can I change my Unlock committments?


Yes. You can log in to your Inc Arts Unlock account any time, and change your Unlock answers by clicking through the 'Hire', 'Work and Care' and 'Leadership' sections on the Take Action page again.




Who knows what committments I have made in Unlock?


Only the account holder/user (yourself) and Inc Arts Unlock.




What do I do after I have submitted my Unlock commitments?


Use these commitments to create an anti-racism action plan for your organisation, and start acting on them!




What does my 'Level' mean?


Your level is designed to show you how your chosen actions compare to the actions chosen by other organisations in the arts and cultural sector. All actions in Unlock have been weighted to reflect the level of ease or difficulty in introducing these in workplaces. Level 1: A great start: let us know if you would like help in taking your EDI actions further Level 2: Good progress: we'd be happy to help you in your EDI goals Level 3: You are progressing well in EDI goals Level 4: Congratulations - you are taking radical action on anti-racist action. Your level is assigned without judgement or censure - and is a guide to how your organisation compares to the actions available, and the ease or difficulty of implementation.




How has the Unlock process been developed?


Unlock gathers the recommendations, demands and suggestions of those most affected by racism in the arts sector. The actions have been developed with input and consultation from:
Inc Arts’ Speak-Listen-Reset-Heal conference
Advocacy by cultural collectives
People who experience racism
Arts and culture organisations and leaders
Legal professionals





Inc Arts Unlock is an entirely confidential process. Click here for details on how we manage your data.

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