New for 2020–21
Our arts organisations do not adequately represent the talent of artists from working class backgrounds due to a long history of discriminatory practices that have disproportionately favoured middle- and upper-class artists. The language around working-class identity is missing from our discussion of British art; many seem wary of its intangibility or the ability to ‘see’ it. How can we take the language used by artists in their work to lead discussions around working-class identity and pave the way for greater inclusivity?
The art of working-class artists speaks to all facets of modern life, not just that of class inequality. Through awareness-raising we will counter reductive interpretations of working-class identity, asking how do we create an environment which supports and nurtures talent first and foremost? We hope to see opportunities for participating artists grow from the network.
We will listen carefully to all who participate building their contributions into our future plans to ensure we are a strong force in tackling class inequality in British art.