What does under-represented mean?

Under-represented refers to a person or group of people who are insufficiently or inadequately represented. Creative Future nurture and promote the talent of under-represented artists and writers. We seek diversity throughout the UK arts sector and a world where all artists and writers are equally represented.

Who are under-represented groups?

At Creative Future, we work with talented creatives who face barriers to opportunities due to mental health issues, physical health/disability, sensory impairment, learning disabilities, neurodivergence, substance misuse, homelessness, survivors of abuse, carers/care leavers, ex-offenders, and those from the LGBTQ+ and BMER/Traveller communities

Things to consider when engaging under-represented
communities

We work with a wide range of under-represented artists and writers, and many of them identify with more than one area of under-representation. It is difficult to give detailed guidance on how to approach people from each under-represented group. Also, generalisations about groups of people are potentially stigmatising and misleading. However, there are a number of things to consider which may help, especially if you or your organisation is relatively new to working with under-represented and/or vulnerable artist and writers.

Download our guide to engaging under-represented communities here

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