COVID one year on: Impacts on creatives of colour

Already marginalised, the pandemic has seen creatives of colour significantly impacted by increased racism and loss of incomes, writes Monique Choy.

Over the last year, Australian artists saw their livelihoods shredded by COVID-19. For culturally diverse artists, who were already marginalised, the financial hit has been magnified.

But the arts faced another earthquake in 2020. Influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, Australia’s creative industries faced a reckoning with representation. With 39% of Australians identifying as culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), debates about whether our arts were truly representing reached a new intensity.

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Monique Choy
About the Author
Monique Choy is a freelance writer and content producer who works across arts, travel and diversity and inclusion. She has been an author on dozens of travel guidebooks for Lonely Planet and also works as a writing  coach and ghostwriter. Monique developed the Creative Equity Toolkit with Diversity Arts Australia, a site that details practical ways to increase cultural diversity in arts organisations. Find her at