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Unlock | The anti-racism toolkit

Unlock is a toolkit for the creative and cultural sector to take measurable action against racism. Through committing to Unlock, participants will help the sector take a united and coherent approach to change that can be seen and measured.

400 Black, Asian and ethnically diverse arts sector workers share their experience of racism in the arts sector. Unlock wants to contribute to the solution of the problem by giving arts organisations practical steps to take anti-racist action. Unlock has in it over 100 actions that will help creative work places become more inclusive.

The process is entirely confidential: at the heart of the Unlock toolkit is a commitment to give everyone equal treatment through trust, confidence, dignity and respect. Unlock is for: Dance companies, Independent Producers, Museums, Regional theatres, Collections and archives, Visual Arts spaces, Receiving Houses, Festivals and Outdoor arts, Crafts organisations - and more.

The organisers aim is to create a thriving cultural community that allows everyone to do their best work. Their mission is to help the arts and cultural sector make inclusive change, to provide the sector with transparent, measurable actions to tackle inequality and disadvantage as well as to support a change in heart & mind and encourage behaviours that will lead to a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere for all.

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. Inc Arts Unlock is the result of the anti-racism conference Speak-Listen-Reset-Heal that took place in autumn of 2020. It is based on suggestions for change made by those with lived experience of racism in the arts.