We stand with you

Scroll down to download ‘WE STAND WITH YOU’ an artwork by artist, Elsa James, created in response to recent international events.

“The shift this week, of seeing white communities around the world stepping up and speaking out about black lives has been amazing.

“HOWEVER, what would make black people everywhere feel more supported right now and going forward, would be to see the UK pledge that they will stand with us in this long ongoing fight against racism.

“My artwork ‘WE STAND WITH YOU’ calls for the UK to show its support and be a United Kingdom on this vital issue.” Elsa James, Artist.

Read about our commitment to anti-racism


Print out this poster and display it in your window to show your support. (Download will open in a new tab)



A limited-edition silkscreen print is now available to purchase.

This has been produced to raise money to support the Black Cultural Archives, the only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving, and celebrating African and Caribbean people’s histories in Britain.

Each print is hand-numbered and signed on the back.

£100 each

Contact our Shop to purchase

Elsa James and Super Black

Elsa James co-curated and produced artwork for Super Black, an Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme exhibition at Firstsite in 2019 . Find out more about the exhibition and the Super Black group

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A list of resources for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement

Black Lives Matter has a Educate yourself resource list which is full of  articles, petitions, organisations and individuals they recommend to help you educate yourself and others.

We’ve selected a few key starting points below.

Charities, activist-led organisations and groups:

Black Lives Matter

Stand up to Racism

Campaign Zero

Reclaim the Block



Ways to help – via Black Lives Matter

75 things white people can do for racial injustice – via Medium


Hashtags, Organisations and individuals to follow



The Black Curriculum




Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge⁣⁣⁣

Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch

Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

White Supremacy and Me by Layla F. Saad


This list will be added to as we speak with more organisations and individuals.


Join the conversation

We are working to confront and tackle racism within the art and culture sector by listening to our communities and addressing the issues within our own organisation and in wider society.

We recognise we need to do much more, and over the coming weeks and months we will be talking with more organisations and individuals about how to bring about real change. If you would to join us in these conversations please email [email protected] 

You can also post your own creative responses to the Black Lives Matter movement, and current events affecting you in our Online Studio – here you can share your artwork with our active online creative community

Welcome area at Firstsite. 'Big Hello' (2018) Peter Liversidge. Photo by Jayne Lloyd.

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