April 13, 2021

The barriers and opportunities to meaningful collaboration across the arts, migration and racial justice sectors

New research by poet and researcher Selina Nwulu, commissioned by Counterpoints Arts.

A month on from the Race Commission Report, new independent research reveals a picture and set of perceptions within the arts sector that lies in contrast with Sewell’s findings.

While analysis of the cultural, migration and racial justice sectors is emerging, there is little reflection to date on how these three sectors intersect and collaborate with one another.

To begin to address this gap, this research was developed as an independent commission by poet and researcher Selina Nwulu. It explores how these sectors navigate barriers and institutional power dynamics, with a view to recommending how intersectional and cross-sector collaboration might come about in our current climate.

The report is the culmination of 19 interviews with a number of activists, artists and cultural practitioners, researchers and experts in the migration, racial justice and cultural sectors across the UK, taking place from November 2020 to February 2021.

Counterpoints Arts has commissioned this report in the aftermath of BLM and partly in order to inform our future commissioning work and practices.