ICF leads international diversity with £150,000 from the Arts Council Elevate Fund

The International Curators Forum
(ICF), in partnership with UAL University of the Arts London, has been awarded £150,000 for a two year project targeting the under-representation of professionals from BAME backgrounds at senior levels within the visual arts. It will prioritise and support curators from diverse backgrounds within a productive networking and developmental environment, and explore the curatorial changes, disruptions and interventions that occur across the international art world, documenting these processes for the benefit of the sector.

The grant comes from the Arts Council’s Elevate fund, set up to tackle the under-representation of diverse organisations nationally, particularly BAME and Disability-led, and to strengthen the resilience of those who are contributing to the Creative Case for Diversity.

Joyce Wilson, London Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “This is a critical project from the International Curators Forum, and one that will have a significant impact on the Creative Case for Diversity. We’re pleased to support it through Elevate, and look forward to seeing the benefits across the sector in the near future.”

David A Bailey MBE, Director, ICF, said: “ICF and our projects partners are very excited by this award.  We see this project as a two-year strategic intervention programme which will explore the curatorial changes, disruptions, and interventions that occur across the global art worlds and documents these processes to allow established, future and emerging BAME curators to discover, learn and develop their professional practice.”

Elevate was set up in response to the publication of the Arts Council’s 2015 equality analysis which identified that diverse organisations were under represented in its National Portfolio.

A total investment of £5.3million has been made in 40 organisations across the country.

See the full list of successful applicants and find out more about the fund here.