⇷ Statement + Resources
+Following the death of George Floyd on 25th May 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement has gained momentum like never before, giving voice to BAME people across the globe. Uncomfortable discussions about race and privilege have come to the fore, and now is a time to support, listen to and amplify black voices.
+19+1 came about from a desire to catch up and share how our creative practices have changed and developed since graduating from Oxford in 2019. As a group we decided to postpone the show as self-promotion at this time of activism, protest and social uprising was untimely. Our feeds are full of important information, accounts of personal experiences, and materials documenting the realities of police brutality and abuses of power occurring both in the United States and at home. We did and do not want to divert attention from this movement. Whilst the format of this exhibition has remained unchanged, we would like to use this platform to show our support for Black Lives Matter and condemn racism of all forms.
+It is a fact that Oxford University, along with many other universities and art schools suffer from the effects of structural racism. Therefore we would also like to share with you some resources that artists in the show have compiled concerning the fight against this systemic racism, and for the promotion of diversity in the art world, Oxford, and beyond.
+Please note that these lists do not claim or attempt to be exhaustive or comprehensive, but are starting points and suggestions that have arisen from discussions between the artists of 19+1.
+ Donation Suggestions
The Black Curriculum: Addresses the lack of Black British history in the UK curriculum, delivering arts-focused Black history programmes, providing teacher training and campaigning to facilitate social change.
The Access Project: Although not explicitly for BAME students, The Access Project works with bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised tuition, to help them gain access to top universities.
+ Resources for BAME Artists and Students
Black Artists Grant: No-strings-attached financial support for black artists.
Carl Kostyal Gallery: a sponsorship scheme for black students pursuing a career in the arts.
Do That Thing: A grassroots mentorship scheme bringing together creatives from BAME backgrounds from across the UK to learn from, lean on and lift up one another.
Target OxBridge: A free programme that aims to help black students increase their chances of getting into OxBridge.
Onyx Magazine: A platform for black artists and writers at Oxford University.
+ Further Information, Comments and Resources
Evan Ifekoya’s open letter withdrawing her labour from Goldsmith’s Department of Art
‘You Start the Game Tired’: What It’s Like to Be One of the Few Black Students at an Elite Art School, Melissa Smith (2019)
Young Black Artists Are More in Demand Than Ever—But the Art World Is Burning Them Out, Melissa Smith (2019)
Oxford diversity report from Full Fact (2018)
On Oxford colleges admitting no black students (2017)
Arts Organisations’ responses to BLM matrix
The experiences of Black and minority ethnic academics: a comparative study of the unequal academy
Bhopal, K. (2020)
Activating Diversity and Inclusion: A Blueprint for Museum Educators as Allies and Change Makers, Journal of Museum Education, Wendy Ng, Syrus Marcus Ware & Alyssa Greenberg (2017)
“Whitewashing” by Jaheed Hussain via @thisisintern: On racism in universities.
“Ideas for a new art world” by The White Pube: Resources here for thinking about how we could reconstruct the art world.
“Why museums are bad vibes” by The White Pube.
“Decolonising the University” edited by Gurminder K. Bhambra, Dalia Gebrial, Kerem Nişancıoğlu.
Being Black in the Arts and Heritage Sector, Ashleigh Brown.
Petition to Introduce Mandatory Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting
@ablackhistoryofart Reading List
+ Social Media Suggestions
+ There are many more resources on all aspects of this issue, this is by no means an exhaustive or comprehensive list.