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Monday, 18 May 2015

The Arts Council England Race Relations

From: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk
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Subject: The Arts Council England Race Relations
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 12:43:12 +0100

RACE RELATIONS (Not Ethnicity Relations or Diversity Relations)

Dear Ashley Egan, Arts Council England,

Thank you for your response.

There appears to have been a terrible misunderstanding. I asked about Race Relations and not about Ethnicity Relations or Diversity Relations. I suspect Racism to be the problem. Poor management of Race Relations must be related to Racism. Race is one of the "Protected Characteristics" in the Equality Act 2010.

Note 1: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/private-and-public-sector-guidance/guidance-all/protected-characteristics

Note 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IC_codes#cite_note-mpabriefing-2

You wrote:

"the creation of fairer entry and progression routes, as well as more diverse leadership and governance"

1. How does the Arts Council England record and monitor Race Equality in their effort to achieve diverse leadership and governance? Please provide the evidence.

You wrote:

" there is not currently any race relations legislation in this country."

2. Are you implying that the effective management of Race Relations is not part of what is required by the Equality Act 2010?

3. Are you, Ashley Egan, a White person?

Please follow these links to understand the Official British Government codification of the differences between Race and Ethnicity.


Source: http://century.guardian.co.uk/1970-1979/Story/0,6051,106880,00.html

The information that you have provided appears to be addressing the issue of ethnicity and not Race. Below I have given the link to the Ethnicity Data Standard as specified by the Information Standards Board.

Source: http://www.education.gov.uk/escs-isb/standardslibrary/a0077051/ethnicity-data-standard

Failure to manage Race Relations effectively results in the failure to address the problem of Racism.

I have copied the Institute of Race Relations in on the inquiry so that they can help clarify any Race issues because there are more ethnicities than there are Races as defined by the Police.

Please could you let me know what efforts the Arts Council England has been making to address inequalities between the IC1 White North European and the IC2 Dark South European Races?

It is very clear that the Police recognise the Racial difference between the IC1 White North European and the IC2 Dark South European Races and record and use this data for legal purposes.

I am now very concerned that no effort is being made to achieve Race Equality at the Arts Council England.

These links may help to explain what I mean by Race Relations in contrast to Ethnicity Relations or Diversity Relations.



I look forward to your reply on this very serious issue.

King regards

Derrick Lynch, Black, IC3, B9, BEUR

From: Enquiries@artscouncil.org.uk
To: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk
Subject: RE: contact form response
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 10:33:02 +0000

Dear Mr Lynch,

Thank you for your enquiry.

All individuals and organisations who are funded or receive grants from the Arts Council must comply with our standard conditions for grants. All funded organisations are required to abide by all applicable laws and best practice, including any guidance produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. You can more information on the Equality Act 2010 on the website.

We do not have any specific Race Relations policies or reports on our website as there is not currently any race relations legislation in this country.

However, Arts Council England is committed to diversity and we want to encourage and promote a diverse and appropriate professional workforce in the arts and cultural sector. We do this by supporting investment in leadership development and the creation of fairer entry and progression routes, as well as more diverse leadership and governance.

For further information about Arts Council England work within the area of Diversity you can visit the Advice and Guidance section of our website. In this area, we publish specific pieces of research and guidance that we provide on various art forms and challenges within the delivery and cultivation of the arts. It may be useful for you to visit the specific Diversity section of our advice and guidance area for further information on the research we have done in this area.

You may find our work on the Creative case for Diversity of particular interest.

I hope this will be useful to you. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us by emailing enquiries@artscouncil.org.uk or calling 0845 300 6200.

Kind Regards,

Ashley Egan
Administrator, Customer Services
National Support Centre - The Hive
Arts Council England
Telephone: 0845 300 6200
Fax: +44 (0)161 934 4426


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-----Original Message-----
From: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk [mailto:derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: 17 May 2015 12:54
To: Enquiries
Subject: contact form response

Arts Council contact form enquiry

name: Derrick Lynch

email: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk

body: From: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk

To: chiefexecutive@artscouncil.org.uk; foi@artscouncil.org.uk

CC: selma@liftfestival.com; black.national.party@gmail.com; info@irr.org.uk

Subject: The Arts Council England Race Relations

Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 12:51:24 +0100

To whom it may concern at the Arts Council England,

I am Derrick Lynch and I attended a Lift Project event on Saturday 16 May 2015 at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham, were I met Selma Nicholls the Lift Project Manager. I was very impressed by what I saw at the Lift Project event and as a result of what I experienced I decided that I would like to contribute to the Lift Project. I also have heard some disturbing news about the Race Relations in the Arts Council England and the Institute of Contemporary Arts and how this could be impacting the Lift Project. I prefer not to go by rumours so I have decided to make some inquiries for myself and my community.

I live at 5 Hedge Hill, Enfield, London, EN2 8RU.

I am classified, by the British Government, as an IC3, Black, Male.

I have attached illustrated versions of the Race and Ethnicity Codes as used by the British Police and Civil Services.

I am a victim of Racism which I understand as being the same as White Supremacy.

I have been reading the Arts Council England website.

Please could you send me:

1. The Arts Council England Race Relations Policy.

2. A Arts Council England report on how the Race Relations Policy has been performing to date.

3. Details of how the Arts Council England manages and monitors Race Relations.

Please process this request for information under the Freedom of Information Act if necessary.

Kind regards

Derrick Lynch, IC3, B9, BEUR


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