Understand progression opportunities within the creative media sector.
Starter – 15 mins
Think about the following and discuss in pairs:
How do you think an artist make a living from their creative practice? (5 mins)
What barriers might an artist encounter while making a living? Write your answers on individual post-it notes. Share your work with another pair. In a group, discuss how your answers compare and differ. (5 mins)
Try to group your responses into personal barriers and institutional barriers. (5 mins)
Activity 1 – 20 mins
Ask: What do you know about Diane Abbott? Share information with one another about Diane Abbott. Watch the footage of Diane Abbott discussing the abuse she receives as an MP. (5 mins)
In pairs/small groups, students discuss the following: Why do you think Diane Abbott receives more hate mail than any other MP? Share your reasons with other pairs/groups. (5 mins)
Explain: Some groups of people may face barriers due to their gender and/or race. Look at the statistics for diversity in the creative sector in the Report published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. (10 mins)
Activity 2 – 60 mins
Ask: We are going to look at the work of Lubaina Himid: has anyone heard of her?
Show: the PowerPoint about artist Lubaina Himid. (10 mins)
Hand out: the article written by Himid, ‘Mapping: A Decade of Black Women Artists 1980–1990’. Individually, read pages 65–68 of the article and, using a highlighter pen, mark:
- what issues Himid raises about money – p. 65 (all students);
- what Himid says about artists’ commissions – p. 66 (most students);
- what Himid says about art schools – p. 68 (some students).
All students: Create a bullet point list of the barriers highlighted by Himid.
Some students: Create a PowerPoint presentation of the barriers highlighted by Himid. (30 mins)
Break – 15 mins
Activity 3 – 75 mins
Read the article ‘Black Artists for Uhuru’ by Eddie Chambers, in pairs. (10 mins)
Answer the following questions about the article:
- Describe what Eddie Chambers is appealing for.
- Explain who you think Eddie Chambers is appealing to.
- Consider why he might be appealing to these people/groups.
Consider what barriers might affect you as a creative practitioner. (15 mins)
Write a personal creative manifesto. (30 mins)
Plenary – 15 mins
What have you learned? (5 mins)
Think back to your post-it notes. How has your understanding of the types of barriers artists face changed? (10 mins)
Develop your manifesto into an A3 poster intended to inspire a work colleague.
- TV monitor/screen
- Diane Abbott PowerPoint presentation
- Diane Abbott video footage
- Post-it notes
- Article: Lubaina Himid, ‘Mapping: A Decade of Black Women Artists 1980–1990’
- Article: Eddie Chambers, ‘Black Artists for Uhuru’
- Personal manifesto template
- Internet access