Beyond Cultural Diversity: The Case for Creativity

Beyond Cultural Diversity: The Case for Creativity
Library Shelf Location 05.APPI
Publication Date 2010


A Third Text Report Compiled and Edited by Richard Appignanesi

Report offers a new vision of Cultural Diversity in Britainbeyond-cultural-diversity-cover-front-jpeg-240
Britain’s state-sponsored policy of ‘cultural diversity’ has failed. So where do we go from here?

Beyond Cultural Diversity, a special report commissioned by Arts Council England, offers a timely and uncompromising investigation of what has gone wrong, and why, with cultural diversity policy. The Report argues that state funding of cultural diversity has resulted in cultural apartheid.

The Report goes beyond criticism to offer a new concept of creative diversity to promote a culturally integrated British society. It proposes a radical shift of historical perspective in a 10-point programme of institutional, educational and policy reforms to develop a culturally whole Britain.

The Report bases its case on a model of creativity and diversity already seen in British art after World War II. African, African Caribbean and Asian artists contributed decisively to the modernist canon of British art between the 1950s to the 1970s. This model of so-called ‘ethnically diverse’ artists working interactively within the British mainstream has been woefully ignored. The Report restores it to the centre stage of Britain’s cultural heritage.
Beyond Cultural Diversity marks a first significant advance since Naseem Khan’s 1976 report The Arts Britain Ignores. Thirty years on and the question is even more urgent. What is the rightfully creative place of our ethnic communities in Britain’s contemporary culture?
Beyond Cultural Diversity is a platform of independent views expressed by cultural practitioners from institutions such as art colleges, Tate Britain and the Arts Council, to explore the future of creative diversity. Their proposals for a simultaneously diverse and integral public culture deserve our serious consideration.

‘This ground-breaking report is an antidote to the Coalition government’s unprecedented assault on public culture’, says Professor Ziauddin Sardar, Chair of the Third Text Trustees. Munira Mirza, Mayoral Advisor on Arts and Culture, Greater London Authority, says: ‘This is a collection of eloquent and intelligent essays which tackle the important issue of diversity in the arts. I agree with the authors that black artists are often hemmed in by (well-intentioned) policies, and we need to focus more on creativity and artistic freedom. I hope the Arts Council and others heed their advice and re-think their approach.’

ISBN 9780947753115
Quantity 1
Pages 152pp
Author Richard Appignanesi
Format Softcover
Publisher Third Text Publications
Category Art Theory
Keywords Multiculturalism, Art and society
Language English

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