I Create... artist grants

About the I Create… artist grant programme

I Create showcase
Some of the I-Create artists with Councillor Catherine Rose. (Photograph by Luke Rowan)

In 2022 Southwark Council awarded seven I Create… grants to local artists, with the aim of helping address the under-representation of people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in areas of the arts in Southwark. Developed as part of Southwark Stands Together, Southwark Council’s commitment to tackling racial inequality, the grants programme was aimed at artists with specific creative ideas that were ready for development and who would benefit from a period of focused mentoring in order to progress their practice.

The grant programme focused on six disciplines. In addition to the grant funding, artists were paired with a creative mentor from a Southwark-based partner organisation specialising in the artist’s chosen discipline.

Read more about the artists and their work here.

Discipline Creative mentor partner organisation


Central School of Ballet

Film and Video

Film and Video Umbrella


The Philharmonia

Public Art

Dulwich Picture Gallery with Bold Tendencies


Theatre Peckham

Visual Arts

Tate Modern

All partner organisations signed up to the Council’s Southwark Stands Together pledges.

Artist showcase

In July 2023 the recipients of the I Create… artist grant showcased their work with a free exhibition at Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library. This was open to the public for two weeks alongside a programme of events and performance. 

Page last updated: 15 September 2023

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