Slate: Black. Arts. World.
Eclipse Theatre Company Ltd
Total project grant (euros)
1 Aug 2018 - 20 Dec 2020
Number of partners in project
Eclipse Theatre Company Ltd, England
Griot - Associacao Cultural, Portugal
Stichting De Meervaart, Netherlands
Slate: Black. Arts. World. addresses our partnership’s common need to increase the visibility and mobility of Black and Ethnic Minority artists through a two year capacity building programme that will provide artists and professionals with a set of experiences, skills and tools to develop new narratives on Europe’s racial identities.
The cooperation seeks to address the pervading dis-empowerment of Black and Ethnic Minority artists. New models for collaboration and working together are needed to grow sector wide understanding of best practice and working methods, generate long term career sustainability for Black artists and professionals, and raise the ambition of cultural organisations to better represent their local demographic and contextualise Black European identity within mainstream European culture.
The partnership’s programme will feature:
- Recruitment of 6 Black artists and arts professionals who will embark on a 2 year programme of 3 weeks of intra-European training, new work development and networking.
- 600 Black artists and professionals reached through a public programme of networking and training opportunities.
- Development of 3 work in progress performances of new Black-led work.
- 2000 new and current audience members reached through a European tour of an existing production that explores Black European Identity, contextualised through a series of talks, film screenings and events.
In committing to two years of research, development and delivery, Slate will enable the European performing arts sector to build a truly diverse and inclusive network to urgently address the barriers that currently exclude Black audiences and artists from participating in arts and culture, and identifying with the European image.