“After careful consideration, we regret to inform you that...”
We know how it goes - we’ve heard it all before, too. As artists of colour, we know how difficult it is to establish ourselves in the creative world. Whether it's applying for jobs or pitching ideas for new work, it's tough to make a mark without compromising your values to be considered a "successful" artist - and, frankly, it's made even more difficult by not being white and middle class.
The S+K Project believes wholly in making the arts sector more accessible, and we understand how collaboration between different people and industries is key in changing the perceptions of what artists of colour can achieve. We want to do our bit to encourage creators, makers and innovators to recognise the importance of building networks and making your mark, by providing a physical space that allows like-minded individuals of similar backgrounds to connect.
Featuring activities, performances and insightful panel discussions, Bring Me In aims to bring together individuals in a physical space to enhance connections particularly within BAME communities, in order to improve inclusivity, access and ultimately to make the arts for everyone.
Keep an eye out for the return of Bring Me In in Spring 2018, with events at the Bush Theatre on 23 March and Battersea Arts Centre on 5 April (as part of Homegrown Festival 2018), before taking off across the UK.
On 25 July, we held the very first Bring Me In in Birmingham, following our success in London.
Funding Your Future
The second Bring Me In focused on the theme of Funding Your Future; how best can we of artists and innovators of colour navigate to ensure we access financial opportunities? What are the best steps to ensure we can reach these opportunities? How can we stand out from the crowd to achieve funding? Tackling the big questions was Clive Little, Chirag Patel, Nathalia Syam and Tobi Kyeremateng, and our good friend Russeni chaired the discussion.
Being Your Own Brand
Our first #BringIns featured a panel of remarkably talented black creatives, including exhibition curators, poets, broadcasters, visual artists and journalists. Chaired by Rasheeda Page-Muir, CEO of Revolyoution, the panel provided insights on how best to establish yourself in the creative world, the best ways to market yourself and your work and how to overcome the hurdles placed in front of BAME creators looking to make a mark in the industry. Many thanks to Nicole Crentsil, Varaidzo, JJ Bola, Ubuntugraphy and Jumoke Fashola for being part of our panel.