Welcome to the AACDD (The African and African-Caribbean Design) Diaspora an initiative headed by Karin Beate Phillips from the British European Design Group.
Their aim is to help promote British/Black artists and designers in the UK to give them a unique opportunity to showcase their work. They have various shows taking place in Southbank during the month of September which will coincide with design festival.
The African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora is a three year initiative of the British European Design Group (BEDG) to promote the creative skills and commercial potential of ethnic minorities of African and African-Caribbean descent in the UK and their creative counterparts in Africa and the Caribbean.
Co-funded by the Arts Council England/Lottery Fund and supported by the London Design Festival, the Initiative will run alongside the London Design Festival until the Olympics in 2012.
London is one of the greatest multicultural cities in the world. It is also one of the most creative, with worldwide inspiration and interpretation feeding into the city’s design community. The power of diversity to stimulate creativity is well established. Despite this potential, the UK design industry has remained surprisingly mono-cultural, with many different parts of London’s broader community unable to gain employment, access support and showcase talent. This is especially true for London’s black ethnic community. A point of celebration is required to demonstrate the quality of creative thinking derived from the small but significant African and African-Caribbean design communities in London and the UK.
The intention of the BEDG initiative is to provide a positive insight into their design skills, to engage and inspire others and to provide a promotional platform for black designers working in London, the UK in general, Africa and the Caribbean.
The British European Design Group will work in close partnership with the London Design Festival organising a series of events as part of the Festival to celebrate African and African-Caribbean creative talent.
A range of supporting events will be organised and complimentary resources such as a website and print materials will publicise the aims of the programme to a wider audience, exploit the impact of the exhibitions and provide ongoing stimuli for stakeholders, such as funding bodies, potential sponsors, designers and others.
It is intended to hold at least two African and African-Caribbean Design Seminars (organised in association with various official bodies and institutions) and an annual African and African-Caribbean Design Competition. Further public activities will hopefully include a series of sponsored retail promotions and school and community activities throughout the three-year programme.
A very important aspect of the initiative will be to build bridges between black British born and UK based designers and those residing in Africa and the Caribbean in the hope that both sides will benefit greatly from such an exchange of cultural identities, their origins and their changes. Black British creativity can offer a virtually untapped vein of talent that can be mobilised to enrich the UK design community, both aesthetically and commercially.
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