Inclusion and Diversity
Culture Studio creates projects that link India and the UK and that advance culture, education and business practice. Working with partners in both countries, Culture Studio forges links that help grow and sustain arts activities. These projects generate opportunities for people to develop understanding, competencies, communication and, as an outcome, their economic sustainability.
Culture Studio is beginning to produce distinctive, high quality, artistic exchange projects that link disadvantaged artists and communities across the UK and India. In the UK, hard to reach communities, especially ones with a large South Asian diaspora population, are locations where there may be limited engagement with the arts and which are full of promise.
Our initial UK interest is to create a body of work in the areas of Slough identified by the local authority, Arts Council England and other bodies as needing improved community involvement and participation in the arts. This will be allied with our focus on encouraging self-employment and transitions to fields of cultural and other employment and the development of core enterprise skills by members of our targeted communities.
Addressing class and culture
Culture Studio desires to give existing and emerging artists in the UK exciting opportunities to collaborate with Indian partners in order to create new arts and craft work. As the areas where participation and engagement in the arts are often working class as well as black, minority ethnic and refugee, there is a clear cultural deficit that needs to be addressed. Culture Studio will seek to add to the range of possibilities that the communities it works with can access and explore.
Culture Studio reaches out, reaches within and reaches across communities. We will facilitate exchange, mentor those we engage with, test new ways of working and extend our range and impact through the digital exchange artistic programs and by developing digital audiences.