Why is this fund needed?
See my open letter to the trade: https://jewellerycut.com/an-open-letter-to-the-jewellery-industry-re-racism/
This fund is for 10 UK Black Jewellers (£1000 each).
The rest of the money will go on fundraising fees, project management fees, fund monitoring and publishing a report.
The UK jewellery trade has been super slow in responding to support Black Jewellers, especially after the recent US black deaths.
The fund is a no-strings attached financial support to help the selected Black Jewellers in whatever they want – be that make new work, buy equipment or materials, travel, research, visit exhibitions or conferences, or to even just cover some life expenses. This is specifically for Black Jewellers; not politically black, not POC or BAME.
This grant has been set up because Black Jewellers are systematically under-supported by the jewellery trade; by institutions, curators, the artist-led scene, major and minor funding bodies, the market, art schools, and by audiences too. We recognise that a full institutional overhaul and dismantling of racist structures is required to transform the industry permanently, but we hope in a small way that this grant will help enable recipients to continue their jewellery practice when the odds are so stacked against them.
All I ask from the grantees is to fill in a short monitoring form to say how the fund has benefited them. The results will be published in to the jewellery trade by in August 2020.
I will ask 3 independent people in the UK jewellery trade to review applications for selection ( to make it fair)
Criteria for the grant:
- Must be a black jeweller/ work in the UK jewellery trade
-Must live/reside in the UK
-Show proof of your work
-Show your social media information/website
-Write in 300 words of less how the grant will benefit you/ why as a black jeweller you are currently in hardship
We want to jewellery trade (aka jeweller designers, trade people and jewellery lovers/customers) to step up and support black jewellers. We need your help, we cannot wait any longer from the UK jewellery trade bodies, to support Black Jewellers in these challenging times.
We cannot just feel anti-racist. We need to proactively act anti-racist.
- Melisa Rashbrook
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