PLAYING THE RACE CARD

PLAYING THE RACE CARD

When black people call out racism, they are too often blamed for being over sensitive or even accused of using sensitivities around race to their advantage.

‘Playing the Race Card’ is a call out to UK artists who identify as black to submit artworks responding to perceptions or experiences relating to the concept of the race card. ​

Asking artists to consider how this problematic metaphor can be turned on its head, and explore ideas that replace a culture of victim blaming with a celebration of diversity.

“It is our hope that the ingenuity of the UK's creative community will help to raise awareness of this discussion and work towards rendering this phrase extinct.” Claudine Ecclestone, Founder of Playing the Race Card

All entries will be displayed as part of a digital exhibition launching on Martin Luther King Day, the 17th January 2021. Following a public vote, one winning entry will win a £500 cash prize, with five runners up each winning £100.

The project is open to all forms of visual art and can be entered by any UK resident who identifies as black, including people whose ancestral origins are African, South and East Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Romany, the indigenous people of the South Pacific Islands, the American continents, Australia and New Zealand.

More information can be found on the dedicated Playing the Race Card website

Further info

Playing the Race Card is a community project led by local residents who have formed a voluntary run Working Group to help shape the vision of the project. The project is further supported by Black Butterfly, a not for profit creative organisation based in Hastings raising awareness of equalities issues and engaging communities to come together through creative art activities.

If you are interested in being involved helping make this project happen, please email info@goodstuffinstlens.com or alternatively call 020 3920 9045 and leave a voice message with your name and telephone number and we will get back to you when we can.

Supported by

Playing the Race Card is part of Good Stuff in St Leonards, a community-led programme of creative activities and events funded by Creative Civic Change and facilitated by local arts charity Home Live Art

If you have any questions or queries regarding Flexed please email info@goodstuffinstlens.comor alternatively call 020 3920 9045 and leave a voice message with your name and telephone number and we will get back to you when we can.