Unmasking Colonial agendas: Beyond the façade

Diversity Matters hosted a creative participatory workshop at Central Saint Martins in support of a MA student's research project using Anansi (the folkloric spider) to address colonial agendas. The workshop which used masking making as an aid to discuss un-masking colonial agendas was in aid of Vaidehi's research on legal agendas, their influence on the distribution of stories … Continue reading Unmasking Colonial agendas: Beyond the façade

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Diversity Matters Collective Workshop

The first Diversity Matters Collective workshop took place on the 9th Nov 2017 at ThoughtWorks Soho. Attendees from a range of sectors and industries interested in the topic centred around race equality and inclusion, arrived at the centrally-located open-plan office of our partners ThoughtWorks; revolutionising software design, creation and delivery, while advocating for positive social … Continue reading Diversity Matters Collective Workshop

“Let’s Talk About Race” dissertation submission!

"The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated." James Baldwin, A Talk to Teachers 1963 Yesterday signified a heroic day. I submitted by dissertation, which marks end of my studenthood at University of the Arts London … Continue reading “Let’s Talk About Race” dissertation submission!

BFI Black Star Season: Celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors

Diversity Matters is proud to support the BFI Black Star Season; A celebration of black screen talent in film, TV and special events October - December 2016! Travel back with BFI to the earliest days of American cinema, where black performers fought against racism and stereotypes to blaze a trail for their inheritors to tread. View the giant … Continue reading BFI Black Star Season: Celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors

#ByYourSide: Diversity Matters LGBTQ workshop calls for allyship to the Black struggle

Earlier this week we hosted an audience participatory art workshop to support LGBT charity Stonewall for their Stonewall Season exhibition next month. The workshop held at University of the Arts London (UAL), was facilitated by Black, transfemme performance artist and writer Travis Alabanza. "Instead of presenting a thing where maybe Black folk are expected to have this … Continue reading #ByYourSide: Diversity Matters LGBTQ workshop calls for allyship to the Black struggle

Divercity Arts Project: Platforming Emerging Young Artists through Enterprise Skills

Divercity Arts Project was a 2 week programme delivered by Diversity Matters, which offered students who felt marginalised or from lower-income house-holds an empowering opportunity to attend workshops, be mentored by industry creative professionals, create works for sale and gain enterprise skills by selling at Camden Market over a weekend! Students were encouraged to explore … Continue reading Divercity Arts Project: Platforming Emerging Young Artists through Enterprise Skills

Black Cultural Archives to honour over 1000 Unsung Heroes

The UK's first national heritage centre dedicated to Black history and culture, Black Cultural Archives (BCA), has put out an open call to the community in aid of identifying a minimum of 1000 successful and influential black people to make it on its list of Unsung Heroes! Details: - Successful black people across all sectors - Must … Continue reading Black Cultural Archives to honour over 1000 Unsung Heroes

Diversity Matters Spotlight: Mamiko Yamazaki on Divercity Arts Project

We caught up with Mamiko Yamazaki - CSM Graduate and participant in Divercity Arts Project using her Japanese cultural influence to create handy paper origarmi wallets sold at Camden Market... Perfect casing for your oyster cards! https://youtu.be/XKpZVCXkm6k Find out more about Mamiko and view her portfolio CLICK HERE Keep an eye out on our Facebook page … Continue reading Diversity Matters Spotlight: Mamiko Yamazaki on Divercity Arts Project

Diversity Matters Spotlight: Why ‘Black Faces in White Spaces’ matter (VID)

In the mist of all the darkness surrounding killings of black men - both in the USA and UK, it's  refreshing to highlight a positive spin on campaigning and challenging our social norms though 'art activism'... For the black community especially, this visual medium of campaigning couldn't be more apt to channel our frustrations into making a positive … Continue reading Diversity Matters Spotlight: Why ‘Black Faces in White Spaces’ matter (VID)