LAPEYRE & LAPEYRE created the Zanana Project to champion Creatives of Colour from Scotland and beyond.
Through the Zanana Project we want to amplify People of Colour (PoC) working in the Scottish creative industries by reframing the narrative, telling engaging stories and supporting your ambitions.
It is important to remember that Creatives of Colour are not a homogenous group with the same backgrounds, experiences, needs or dreams. However, certain themes tend to emerge when asked: What do PoC creatives and cultural workers require to develop their creative practice, be supported in their entrepreneurial possibilities and leadership capacity?
Opportunities to be on the same scale as other groups
Cultural projects that do not silo PoC communities into mere outreach and engagement work
Access to funding (this includes understanding what funding is available and being part of the key funding conversations)
Greater representation at a national and local level to spark possibilities
Paid alternative routes in to the cultural sector
Reducing isolation by creating a community across disciplines
More media representation and PoC critics
Access to jobs, mentoring and training
Currently, there is lots of activity in the Scottish creative scene from PoC artists, curators, producers and organisations. However, events are often centred around specific disciplines and ultimately short-term as they are tied to one-off projects. Often due to lack of resources, skills and media-buy in they are not as well publicized as other activity. The Zanana Project identifies this as the key area that we can actively contribute to the community.
Ultimately, the Zanana Project aims to reframe the dominating narrative that arts and culture by PoC should be on the fringes.
Let's look at the facts...
In 2016, BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) employees made up 11 per cent of the 32,422 people working in the creative industries. From Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) report published in July 2017. Low considering that BAME make up 18.1% of the total UK population.
50% of Minority Ethnic* respondents to Creative Scotland's research Understanding Diversity in the Arts Survey (p15, 2017) stated that ethnicity is a barrier to career progression within the arts.
Plus, Minority Ethnic respondents to the Understanding Diversity in the Arts Survey reported having a lower median income than the average cultural worker earnings. And do note that average cultural worker earnings are themselves below the median income for Scotland.
The Zanana Social is a way to bring people together across all creative disciplines to share learnings and facilitate conversations. Unless otherwise stated these events are exclusively for those who identify as People of Colour (POC) and/or Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) and those who are active in the Scottish creative industries.
It is important for People of Colour to have their own private space for real and honest conversations, as explained in this great article by Kelsey Blackwell. We also encourage the limited use of photography, audio and film recording to foster open conversation.
Creative industries includes advertising, architecture, art, craft, design, fashion, film, music, performing arts, publishing, R&D, software, toys, games, TV and radio, and video games. You could be a creative producer, in a more infrastructure role (i.e. marketing, admin etc.) and/or a student.
Zanana Social 1
Held in March 2018, it was a space for a real, open and honest conversation about being a Scottish Creative of Colour and how we create space for ourselves. Thanks to everyone who came along and the panelists Hannah Lavery, Francis Dosoo and Nosheen Khwaja for all your amazing insights.
Zanana Social 2
The second Zanana Social, held at The Scottish Poetry Library, in November 2018 was entitled A problem shared is a problem halved. Creatives of colour came together to discuss our problems - tiny, gigantic, everyday or profound - and collectively we delved into the whys and considered practical solutions.
Zanana project newsletter
The first Zanana Social highlighted just how many awesome Creatives of Colours projects are happening right here in Scotland and that we need to spread the word. So we’ve launched a email newsletter! It's jam packed with all the happenings, so do get out and about.
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What has been the single best thing about the Zanana Social?
“The number of attendees and breadth of projects, interests, talents and experience.”
“Hearing so many interesting points of view and solutions to shared problems”
“Meeting new people”
Anything else you want to tell us?
“Really beautiful atmosphere”
“Just awesome. This is the first time I've experience so many creatives of colour in a room. It's usually 1-4 max in Scotland!”