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Diversity & Inclusion Fund 2021/22 - Award Recipients

07 Apr 2022

The Diversity and Inclusion Fund seeks to support the work and narratives of ethnically diverse artists and creatives which have been developed and delivered through multi-art form collaborations and partnerships.

A total of 27 applications were received requesting support from the Diversity and Inclusion Fund 2021/22 and as such created a highly competitive process. 
The budget allocation for this fund was £100,000 and the total budget ask of all applications was £244,522.71. 
The projects submitted represented a variety of activities, including literature, dance and music workshops, community events, festivals, new music, dance or theatre productions.  
The fund Assessment Panel comprised of Anthony Mills, Arusa Qureshi and Harriet Mould who met on 26 January 2022. All project proposals were reviewed using the outlined Project Concept, Partnership and Management Model, Community Engagement and Impact and Budget Planning.

The following recommendations for funding were made based on individual application assessment and panel discussion.  

Art Walk Projects in partnership with artist, researcher and programmer Natasha Thembiso Ruwona 

SALT: a live arts programme centred around black histories and ecologies in response to the climate emergency, as part of the 2022 Art Walk Porty festival [Award of £9,800.00; Project Ward(s): Portobello].

Craigmillar Now in partnership with visual artist Barbara Byahurwa 

An artist residency and programme of professional development and mentoring with the Craigmillar-based, Ugandan artist Barbara Byahurwa, supported by Craigmillar Now [Award of £5,000.00; Project Ward(s): Craigmillar].

Edinburgh Printmakers in partnership with visual artists Paria Goodarzi and Francisco Llinas Casas 

Informed by evolving narratives and conversations, Alternative Tracks is a large participatory textile artwork developed collaboratively by refugee groups in Edinburgh using different printmaking techniques [Award of £9,948.00; Project Ward(s): Fountainbridge / Craigmillar / Granton / Pentland Hills]. 

Gorgie Collective in partnership with graphic designer Mario Alberto Gonzalez Robert

 Aztec and Slavic Art and Film in Gorgie, multi-art-form project exploring folk art traditions from Mexico and Poland, facilitating the co-creation of public artworks with, by and for our diverse local community [Award of £9,898.00; Project Ward(s): Dalry / Gorgie]. 

Grid Iron Theatre Company Ltd in partnership with playwright May Sumbwanyambe

‘The Illegitimate Offspring of the mad Dog’, the researching and writing of a new site-specific history play, that increases the visibility of (British-Jamaican radicalist and abolitionist) Robert Wedderburn [Award of £10,000.00; Project Ward(s): Leith]. 

Icky Arts CIC in partnership with drag and spoken word artist Rhys Hollis

‘OMOS’, award-winning Black and Black LGBT artists shine a light on Scotland’s untold Black history and reclaim the story themselves with an exhibition and workshops [Award of £10,000.00; Project Ward(s): City Centre]. 

Intercultural Youth Scotland in partnership with Lost Tones Collective

Scotland in Colour 2022 (SIC22), a ground-breaking event bringing together local groups and talents from Black and people of colour (BPoC) communities [Award of £5,000.00; Project Ward(s): Leith/Granton].  

Latin American Community Association of Edinburgh (LACAE) in partnership with costume maker Onisis Villarroel de Reddie

'LatinA Fest’, artist led workshops (dance, music, carnival costume making) for children, young people, and adults, culminating in a one-day celebration of ‘all things Latin’ [Award of £7,000.00; Project Ward(s): Dalry / Gorgie]. 

Pianodrome CIC in partnership with musician Jose Rojas Navea

“From the SUR”, multidisciplinary project that explores and expands traditional elements of Afro-Latin American music and dances from South America in a non-traditional local setting [Award of £9,860.34; Project Ward(s): Granton / City Centre]. 

St Mary's Cathedral (acting on behalf of Refugee, Asylum Seeker and Migrant Working Group) in partnership with visual artist Mousa AlNana 

Outside IN, a week-long co-creation workshop and exhibition, led by Mousa alNana and Lawrence Darwish to create a new artwork on the theme of Outside In [Award of £7,820.00; Project Ward(s): City Centre]. 

Starcatchers in partnership with performance maker Cynthia WS Cheung

Festival Adventure - Research and Development exploring ideas for an early years performance piece based on festival traditions from around the world [Award of £10,000.00; Project Ward(s): Pentland Hills]. 

Traditional Arts & Culture Scotland in partnership with producer, director, writer, storyteller and comedian Turan Ali

Queer Folks' Tales, queer storytellers from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and cultures share stories of LGBTQ+ lives, past and present. Surprising tales from rarely heard voices [Award of £5,673.66; Project Ward(s): City Centre]. 

Fund Recipients