Samuel Ross is back and ready to do it all over again, with this year’s Black British Artist Grants. Aiming to increase access, visibility and integration across the creative industries for those from marginalised communities, the programme places a specific focus on industrial design, graphic design, fine art, furniture, sculpture and fashion – areas where opportunity has been “historically scarce for the Black British community”.
This will be the fourth instalment of the programme since its inception in 2020, building on the 30-strong alumni of young artists, designers and business owners including Mac Collins (Furniture Design), Ronan Mckenzie (Photography) and Dominique PetiteFrère (Architecture) to name just a few. With Samuel Ross, you can guarantee that nothing has been dismissed – although the programme is specifically aimed at the creative sector, Ross has made sure that the programme donates directly to civil rights organisations such as BLM UK in recognition of work needed to address social issues beyond the creative sector.
However, this year, applicants have the chance to receive financial support and mentorship from not just Ross, but Grace Wales Bonner, too – who has joined the board as a guest advisor alongside Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford, who is an art historian and director of V&A East. Having the opportunity to gain guidance and advice from some of the most dynamic and successful leaders in the fashion and arts fields will no doubt bring in a wealth of applicants – but what else will you receive if successful?
Well, the three board members are set to choose successful candidates to receive the £2500 grant and mentorship from them, with the end goal of propelling young Black creatives in their specialist fields: providing the right tools, understanding and context in order to break and excel in their respective industries. There are 10 slots available this year, with applications open now. Head to the website to apply.
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