VASW seeks Black and non-Black Artworkers of Colour* in the South West to join an Advisory Group as part of its support programme, Together We Will.
We are looking for ten Black and non-Black Artworkers of Colour* to join an Advisory Group focusing on structural challenges in our sector that disproportionately affect Black people and People of Colour working in and engaging with visual arts. The advisory group will meet online on 22 April 2021.
The vast majority of visual arts organisations still need to take tangible antiracist action and to constructively acknowledge the legacy of structural racism within their operative structures. Institutional racism continues to manifest within our sector in how Black and POC cultural workers are underrepresented in positions of leadership, yet overrepresented in precarious work; in systemic marginalisation or instrumentalisation of Black and POC voices; in insensitive approaches to programming and collections that do not acknowledge violent colonial histories; and in everyday racism and microaggressions.
The key objective of the advisory group is to outline what different sector bodies need to do to provide inclusive and antiracist environments in which Black and non-Black Artworkers of Colour can feel safe and supported.
Based on the outcomes of the Advisory Group conversations, VASW will collate all recommendations and, as part of a long-term sector development initiative, pass these on to regional arts organisations.
Each Advisory Group member will attend one meeting on 22 April 2021 and receive a stipend of £75 for their participation. The meeting will last approximately two hours and no preparation is required. The meeting will be hosted by a dedicated facilitator, who will share the outcomes of the conversations with VASW.
Further information on the full Artworker Advisory Group scheme, as part of Together We Will, and how to express your interest can be found here.
* Conversation on terminology is ongoing. In this instance we apply terminology used by our Steering Group member Dr Nazneen Ahmed and her collaborator Dr Pathik Pathak. Ahmed and Pathak write in Beyond the Black Square: The Triple Lens of Racial Equity: “We consciously and deliberately use the term Black and non-Black people of colour. We separate Black and non-Black to emphasise the primacy of the former, and we always capitalise Black because it is the recognition of a global ethnic identity and act of reclamation. [...] We reject BAME because it is a state-manufactured term which flattens and depoliticises the global solidarity between people with a lived experience of racism, as well as being recognised only in the United Kingdom.”