The Crafts Council ask expert commentators what they think the main problems are and how institutions should be addressing them.
‘Digital Diaspora: The Midlands Covid-19 Project’ is led by a team of award-winning photographers and curators who believe that visual arts play a critical role in shaping civic and contemporary attitudes, initiating collaborative conversations, and changing prevailing thoughts about race and our communities.
There is much-documented local racial disparity in terms of wealth, opportunity, social isolation and mental health, yet local BAME communities are underrepresented in the arts. This project will attempt to redress these issues.
Over the next six months, the project will inspire and train local Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities to engage with photography, alongside spoken and written narratives, to enable them to capture and present a greater range of stories than is normally represented of local culture within the Midlands.
As part of the project, they will also run online art classes to enable local people to tell their own stories, showcasing local narratives on this website and awarding bursaries to enable two local artists to produce work. The awards will be £500 each and will be accompanied by support and mentoring.
Find out more about the opportunities on the ReFramed website here.
Black Country Visual Arts (BCVA) and ReFramed are launching a new project to record Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities experiences of COVID-19 across the Midlands.
Arts Council England figures show BME and disabled people under-represented in sector – via the Guardian
Next year arts organisations will have to provide data on the socio-economic background of employees as a step towards tackling working class gaps in their workforce – via The Guardian.
Arts organisations in England are ‘treading water’ when it comes to improving the diversity of their leaders and workers, with progress particularly slow for disabled people. An annual statistical report, published by Arts Council England, showed slow progress. – via The Guardian.