Boxed In: How cultural diversity policies constrict black artists

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The Manifesto Club is today launching a new provocation essay, ‘Boxed In: How cultural diversity policies constrict black artists’.

Sonya Dyer, a London-based artist and arts administrator, argues that diversity schemes and targets are unwittingly creating a ghetto for black and Asian artists, by pigeonholing them according to their ethnicity. ‘Boxed In’ also reveals that UK culture minister David Lammy has pressured galleries to set targets for ethnic minority staff, and that local museums now must draw up diversity plans in order to receive funding.

Dyer’s essay is based on interviews with UK artists and curators – and she concludes by calling for an honest debate within the sector, and for artistic quality to be placed at the centre of arts funding.


We will be holding a public launch event to discuss the issues raised in the report, on Saturday 2 June, 2-4pm, at the Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG.

Speakers include Sonya Dyer (author of ‘Boxed In’), Hassan Mahamdallie (senior strategy officer, Arts Council England), Zoe Whitley (curator, V&A Museum), and Rajni Shah (artist).

With best wishes,
Munira Mirza, Manifesto Club


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