‘You’re not alone’: Fostering creativity and community with Creatives of Colour

Isolation, exclusion and exhaustion are some of the issues facing First Nations, Black-identifying people and POC artists. Research conducted by Creatives of Colour takes a solution-based approach to the findings.

New research shows that First Nations, Black-identifying People, and People of Colour in the arts industry feel exoticised and tokenised, with many of them also feeling ‘exhausted’, ‘drained’, ‘anxious’ and ‘broken’.

Developed by Melbourne-based advocacy project Creatives of Colour, the research – conducted with 60 participants during September 2019 through to March 2020 – also found that marginalised artists struggled due to the demands of unpaid labour, financial exploitation, financial insecurity, financial barriers, and classism within the arts.

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