Open call

LGBTQI+ Artworkers’ Advisory Group

VASW calls for LGBTQI+* artists and art­work­ers in South West Eng­land to join an Advi­so­ry Group as part of its sup­port pro­gramme, Togeth­er We Will.

We are looking for ten LGBTQI+ artists and artworkers to join an Advisory Group focusing on structural challenges in our sector that disproportionately affect LGBTQI+ arts professionals and the public. The advisory group will meet online 24 March 2021.

The safety of LGBTQI+ people continues to be compromised by homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and/or heterosexism. Though cultural organisations have increased their focus on social justice and inclusivity, progress has been slow and major gaps in the knowledge and training of teams continue to result in unfair treatment of LGBTQI+ cultural workers – especially of trans and non-binary people.

The key objective of the advisory group is to outline what different sector bodies need to do to provide inclusive, safe and supportive environments for LGBTQI+ arts professionals and the public alike.

Based on the outcomes of the Advisory Group conversations, VASW will collate all recommendations and, as part of a long-term sector development initiative, pass these on to regional arts organisations.

Each Advisory Group member will attend one meeting on 24 March 2021, and receive a stipend of £75 for their participation. The meeting will last approximately two hours and no preparation is required. The meeting will be hosted by a dedicated facilitator, who will share the outcomes of the conversations with VASW.

Further information on the full Artworker Advisory Group scheme, as part of Together We Will, and how to express your interest can be found via the link on the right.

* Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, Intersex +