City of Edinburgh Council
City of Edinburgh Council Flexible Fund: Diversity and Inclusion – Deadline for applications: Wednesday 25 January 2023 (23:59 GMT).
The City of Edinburgh Council officers overseeing the application process can be contacted via email or phone to assist with submissions. Further information about the fund, including officers’ contact details, can be found below.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION FUND
AMPLIFYING ETHNICALLY DIVERSE VOICES, NARRATIVES AND PERSPECTIVES IN EDINBURGH’S ARTS AND CULTURE SECTOR
Edinburgh has recently been recognised as the most diverse city in Scotland according to Scotland’s Census 2021.The Diversity and Inclusion Fund aims to ensure this diversity is encouraged, facilitated, and celebrated across the city as outlined in The City of Edinburgh Council’s Citywide Cultural Strategy 2023-2030. This resource offers an opportunity for exploration and innovation to ethnically diverse artists and creatives who wish to share their voices and celebrate their heritage, explore intercultural dialogue and provide spaces and experiences for diverse residents to engage with arts and culture by including different languages, forms of creative expression, and engagement models.
The Diversity and Inclusion Fund seeks to support the work and narratives of ethnically diverse artists and creatives which have been developed and delivered through multi-art form collaborations and partnerships. It reflects feedback from previous applicants, fund recipients and network members. With the aim of embedding and mainstreaming the work in mind, this fund supports greater visibility and recognition of projects designed and managed by ethnically diverse artists and creatives for the benefit of participants, audiences and the arts and culture industry at large. It seeks to invest in Edinburgh-based talent and promote the diversity of thought, ideas and expression rooted in cultural identities.
Edinburgh-based ethnically diverse artists and creatives are invited to apply for funding in partnership with other creative practitioners and arts and culture organisations to develop and deliver imaginative and/or experimental creative concepts that reflect their interpretation, experience and sharing of arts, culture and heritage.
The support offered by this fund is using positive action to promote equality as reflected in the Equality Act 2010. In the light of the Creative Scotland’s recognition of ‘a major gap in BAME-led arts in Scotland’, the City of Edinburgh Council identified ethnicity as one of protected characteristics that lead to disadvantage across all service areas, arts and culture being no exception. In response to continued feedback from creative practitioners based in Edinburgh which has highlighted a lack of diversity and representation in mainstream programming and cultural offering, this fund seeks to make inroads into addressing underrepresentation of ethnically diverse artists and creatives in our city.
Reflecting recommendations of the Desire Lines Report, the Flexible Fund aims to ‘invest in artists’ development, and support and sustain the local artistic community’ as well as ‘support greater partnership working across the arts and culture sector enabling it to flourish year-round.’ With that in mind, this fund seeks to support collaborative working between artists and other industry members across artforms and creative practices to encourage greater peer learning, cross-sector working and multi-artform development and production. Quoting Natalie Grant (2010, ‘Music and Collaboration’): ‘There are many elements that can affect an artistʼs work regardless of their location. Artists constantly work within their own particular knowledge base. Therefore, when artists from a variety of disciplines, countries and cultures create artistic works together, they not only collaborate with their art, but also bring together completely different sets of values, perspectives and experiences based on their own lives and environments. Similarly, artists can draw on ideas and skills from collaborative projects in their own solo work, and introduce these into further/future collaborations.’
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