Our Story //
When I founded Sour Lemons, I was riddled with survivors guilt – Why me? Why am I the only person ‘allowed’ to sit at this table? Surely all of those incredible people over there should be here too?
I’ve been a cultural producer and strategist for the last ten years with the mandate to make the inside of cultural buildings reflect the outside. I became the poster girl for all things diversity and a celebrated anomaly.
Sitting at a table with people who all look and sound the same is mediocre at best, and infuriating at worst.
It’s an injustice that the smallest part of society – the white, formally educated & most privileged part – form the majority of creative decision makers, who get to tell stories on behalf of us all. What a narrow lens.
A year into launching Making LEMONADE – Our flagship creative leadership programme for young leaders who have experienced a ‘sour lemon’ or two in life – the systems designed to prevent people like me from reaching the top became a lot clearer. Continuing to only focus on the individual making lemonade was repeating my experiences of assimilation and I had no choice. Once you know, you know.
So I designed Enabling Environments to interrogate systems of oppression and put the responsibility back on to the organisations to change – not the individual. Systemic racism is not a new concept, but the amplification of Black Lives Matter has taken the conversation to a new level. And we are here for it.
Our model involves tooling up our Young Leaders to hold mirrors & interrogate decision making through intentional questioning. We work with a team of Intersectional Experts to ensure we are coming at it from all angles & we don’t focus on quick wins or short term solutions. This work is in depth and systemic which means it won’t be ‘fixed’ overnight.
Founder and Chief Executive
Our Tribe //
Sour Lemons is made up of some amazing minds with a blend of talents and lived experience. We’re building an organisation that is inclusive in theory and practise.
Our Trustees //
The Sour Lemons trustees have been hand-picked to support our mission with a variety of brilliant minds. Our trustees keep our Lemonade fizzy with expertise, accountability and being radically generous giving their time to Sour Lemons.
These folx are helping nurture our Young Leaders by being radically generous with their time, sharing their stories and building lasting relationships as part of the Making Lemonade programme.
Our Making Lemonade alumni are making waves in the creative and cultural sectors, disrupting the spaces they are taking up and, importantly, leaving ladders down for future leaders.
Young Leaders //
Meet the Young Leaders class of 2020. It’s been a tough year and the programme has had to adapt, due to some additional sour lemons in the form of Covid-19, but they’ve taken it all in their stride and well and truly made LEMONADE!