Zesting //

The Big Squeeze - Illustration by Lizzie Reid

Zesting is our offer to support the creative and cultural industries to become environments that enable everyone to thrive. A short course for leaders in organisations and those who are freelance creatives to begin their anti-racist practice. The course is for white and white passing people only, with a specific course for Black and Global Majority people planned for the new year


We are people-centered and led by an intersectional team of experts who have lived experiences of racism and multiple systemic barriers.
We hold up mirrors to support organisations to consider their role in upholding systems of oppressions; providing space for abundant dreaming to begin dismantling.
We are adaptive and iterative – we respond to the environments that we find.


The course runs for seven weeks and will support you to advocate for anti-racism practice within your organisation or in spaces where you work.
You will be supported to:
Unpack how systemic racism and white supremacy manifest in the cultural sector and your organisation
Consider your individual and collective prejudices, power and privileges, alongside your responsibility to uphold or dismantle a system of oppression
Explore alternative practices, policies and systems that centre people with lived experience of racism and do not seek to cause harm
Develop an accountability toolkit and establish a community of intent to travel with as you activate your anti-racism practice


Dates: 20th Jan - 3rd March 2022
Times: 11am-2pm and 5pm-8pm

Register your interest by filling out the form below.


Learning Cycles //

We are open to expressions of interest for the next cohort of partners starting in September 2021.

Express Interest 

The Big Squeeze  //

The Big Squeeze - Illustration by Lizzie Reid

The Big Squeeze Partnership runs over two years and is an iterative and adaptive process that responds to the needs of the organisations we are working with.

We root all actions in response to the lived experiences of Black and Global Majority People working within the organisation.

Our current Big Squeeze Partners are Young Vic and Royal Court Theatre. Every six months we will be publishing our learnings and holding a dialogue with the industry about the challenges and opportunities of dismantling systemic racism.


What people are saying... //

I thought the course was remarkable. The facilitators were extraordinary in their generosity and vision, and the space felt both rigorous, and non judgemental.”
Kate Wasserberg, Artistic Director for Stockroom
“…As a freelancer running an artist led company I have immediately been able to shape policy and procedure in my company and Zesting really taught me a lot in this area.”
Ruby Glaskin, Executive Producer for Milk Presents
“I feel I have developed the lens through which to view and understand racist behaviour.”
Caroline Barth, Creative Learning Director for Derby Theatre