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Standing up to racism in the arts: what we can all do

Read, educate, listen, petition and donate

Thank you for all the responses to our social media posts on Monday addressing racism and inequality in the craft sector. These included justified criticism of us and the wider sector. There is a lot of work to be done but we are committed to making lasting change and advocating for it to others. We know we need to do more in amplifying the work and voices of Black makers, researchers, curators and artists.

We are aware work we have done to date is just a starting point, and we will be building on this work to become an inclusive and actively anti-racist organisation and sector. We will share our meaningful changes when they are being actioned. We also want you to know we are open to conversation, so our inbox is open should you feel there is anything you would like to see or share with us as we grow as an organisation.

Now we encourage our audiences, as we do our staff members, to use this time to read, educate, listen, petition and donate. Below we have compiled a list of sector and general anti-racism resources.  We will continue to update this in the coming days.


Diversity in the Arts Resources for Organisations

Below are just a few organisations we at the Crafts Council feel inform and influence diversity in the arts.



  • Shades of Noir - provokes,challenges and encourages dialogue through its programme of activities on the subject of race within Art, Design and Higher Education.
  • Arts Emergency - an award-winning charity that helps marginalised young people overcome barriers to participation and success in higher education and the creative and cultural industries. 
  • BIPOC in Fiber -  a website highlighting  the work of Black Indigenous and People of Colour working throughout the fiber industry. Launched in May 2020 with a database of makers, designers, writers, crafters, associated businesses and organisations working in, or with, fibre and a broad range of disciplines including crochet, weaving, hand knitting, machine knitting, textile artists and more.
  • Black Cultural Archives - the national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain.
  • Sour Lemons - Addressing diverse leadership in the creative, cultural and social sectors.
  • Supporting diversity and expertise development in the contemporary craft economy - an AHRC funded UKRI/RCUK Innovation Fellowship led by Dr Karen Patel of Birmingham City University, in collaboration with Crafts Council 


Articles around Diversity in the Arts

Education Resources

Curriculum Reform

Anti-Racist Teching Resources

Support Black artists and makers

Relevant Reading (for adults and young people)

For Adults

  • Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge⁣⁣⁣
  • I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
  • Natives by Akala
  • Dark Days by James Baldwin
  • Diversify by June Sarpong
  • How To Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
  • White Supremacy and Me by Layla F. Saad
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
  • They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
  • Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
  • White Girls by Hilton Als
  • Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch
  • Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
  • The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla
  • White Fragility: Why it's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates
  • The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment by Amelia Gentleman

For Children (sourced from The New York Time)

  • The Snowy Day | A Letter to Amy | Hi, Cat! | Whistle for Willie - books about Peter by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Saturday written and illustrated by Oge Mora
  • Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry. Illustrated by Vashti Harrison
  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis
  • The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson. Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
  • Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice by Veronica Chambers. Illustrated by Paul Ryding
  • Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness written and illustrated by Anastasia Higginbotham
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi



Tv & Film

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix


Additional Antiracism resources