Ellie Tait is a North Easterner whose work is around issues of identity and representation. Ellie helps with understanding of different perspectives to reach new audiences, be welcoming and avoid inadvertent discrimination. Ellie’s work encourages a move away from acceptance of anthropological mindsets to emancipatory approaches – so participatory work is not just informed by community links but shaped by the community from the outset. Reframing perspectives is the heartbeat of Ellie’s practices. As a critical friend Ellie gently challenges and encourages you to stretch and grow through supportive and constructive conversations.
Ellie throws a spotlight on artificial institutional, community and personal hierarchies that underpin inequitable approaches and stifle change. Ellie champions supporting artists who are facing barriers and helps with understanding of why people can be rightfully distrustful of the arts sector. This non-traditional bio is an equitable approach Ellie uses to focus on the benefits people bring.