Diversity is important, we all know that. So why is there still so little of it?

I attended Ballet Black earlier this month and it was an amazing show, such class and quality!
Ballet Black is a professional ballet company for Black and Asian dancers that aims to diversify ballet both in the audience and on the stage. They also teach dance classes too, so they're ushering in a new generation of dancers and I'm very glad the company exists, though it shouldn't have to.

I also attended a Young People in Arts talk on diversity on the arts and I wanted to share my favourite quotes from the panel:

"Every person of colour would have been told by their parents that they have to be better than their white counterparts in order to succeed."

"The things you learn by learning an instrument equips you for life."

"The glass ceiling is a figment of your imagination. If you don't acknowledge it, then it doesn't have to be your reality."

"If 44% of the workforce are from a 'minority' (I hate that word) background, then where are they? Clearly not in senior positions!"

"Why are we always trying to get a slice of the cake? Why can' we bake our own?"

We live in a diverse society and the creative industries should be most representative of that. Representation is so important. People naturally feel more comfortable when they see someone who looks like them.
Race, gender and disability are still so under-represented within the workforce, but there's a lot of talk going on so things are starting to change. I think. I hope.

What's your opinion on diversity?

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Diversity is important, we all know that. So why is there still so little of it? I attended Ballet Black  earlier this month and it was...
Made You Look Exhibition

It's been two years since I officially started working in the creative arts (excluding fashion) and I'm committed to developing my career, so I've made it my mission to attend at least 4 art - or art related - exhibition/events a month. It's important to keep in the know and it's a productive (and enjoyable) way to spend a day off.

Here's what I saw this month:

Rastafari in Motion.

Rastafari in Motion

Held at the Black Cultural Archives Heritage Institution, RIM told the evolutionary story of the Rastafari movement in Britain from the early 1920's to the current day and its contributions to British society. It was also a celebration of the 80th anniversary of Emperor Haile Selassie’s appearance before the League of Nations.

Teachings on Black History were far and few between during my school years so I'm glad that exhibitions - and cultural centres like BCA - exist ✊🏾

The best education happens outside of the classroom.

Homeless Library + Poetry Library

The Homeless Library told the personal stories of those affected by homelessness in Manchester and gave first-hand insights to their lives through poetry, artworks and interviews in. Millions around the world are homeless and their voices need to be heard. As awful as their stories were, it's somewhat refreshing to hear how their involvement in the project changed the lives of some for the better. Read the stories here.

"We live in a rich society, everyone should have a home to feel safe..."

The Poetry Library, which played host to THL, is the world's largest public collection of modern poetry and a must visit for someone like me who's trying to develop their creative writing.
It was my first trip to the Library despite numerous visits to the Southbank Centre and it's the perfect space to shake off dreaded writers block so I'll definitely be going back!

Made You Look

"Stay laced in the best, well dressed with finesse."
The lyrics of Nas' 'Made You Look' were spread across a small wall in a corner of the exhibition. Pretty cool.

I'm a big fan of photography (who isn't?), street photography in particular. I like the authenticity of street photography, the realness.
The exhibition, as you can see from the helpful photo above, explored masculinity amongst black men and the flamboyant lifestyle of a "dandy" - something that required a bit of Googling admittedly.

I felt so plain in my black jeans and ankle boots. The outfits were sharp as hell.

There's a few shows and exhibitions I'm looking forward to seeing this month so stay tuned for October's edit.

Did you go to any art shows last month? Do you plan to go to any this month?

Art in September.

Made You Look, The Photographers Gallery. It's been two years since I officially started working in the creative arts (excluding fa...