Underrepresented refers to a person or group of people who are insufficiently or inadequately represented. Creative Future nurture and promote the talent of underrepresented artists and writers. We seek diversity throughout the UK arts sector and a world where all artists and writers are equally represented.
Who are underrepresented 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 black and minority ethnic communities or traveller communities.
Things to consider when engaging underrepresented
We work with a wide range of underrepresented artists and writers, and many of them identify with more than one area of underrepresentation. It is difficult to give detailed guidance on how to approach people from each underrepresented 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 underrepresented and/or vulnerable artists and writers.