Diversity initiatives and addressing inequalities in craft

Patel, Karen (2020) Diversity initiatives and addressing inequalities in craft. In: Pathways into Creative Working Lives. Palgrave Macmillan. (In Press)

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Abstract

The UK’s creative industries workforce is dominated by the white and relatively privileged, and it appears the craft sector is no different. According to the Crafts Council, compared to the average profile of all occupations, craft workers are more likely to be male and white. The Crafts Council is attempting to support greater diversity in the UK craft sector through various schemes and research projects. This chapter reflects on one such project, a 2018 Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Creative Economy engagement scheme, which sought to provide social media skills training to women makers from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in two UK cities: Birmingham and London. The workshops, facilitated by the author, investigated the specific challenges facing women makers of colour who wish to use social media for the benefit of their craft practice. These challenges centre on the volatile nature of social media platforms, where makers of colour are subject to disproportionate scrutiny. There are also concerns that social media skills gaps may block the pathway of contemporary craft micro-enterprise. The concept ‘mutual aid’ draws attention to the positive possibilities of social media for unblocking those pathways for makers of colour through mutual support and mobilisation.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L300 Sociology
W700 Crafts
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Media
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA34: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
Depositing User: Karen Patel
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2019 11:21
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 11:21
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8297

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