As The Dots point out, there “is still a huge disparity of BAME individuals in the creative industry”. According to Stripes (an initiative helping create opportunities for BAME individuals in the creative industries) only 13% of the UK creative industry workforce identify as coming from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. While this figure may compare favourably to national demographics, in the cities in which the creative industries are predominantly based, it translates as considerable under-representation.
Throughout Black History Month, The Dots is attempting to shine a spotlight on up-and-coming BAME creative talent. With the help of ‘personal development’ brand Dream Nation, it has assembled a list of over 100 young creatives, nominated by leading figures such as Trevor Robinson, founder of advertising agency Quiet Storm, Karen Blackett, chairwoman of MediaCom, and Melanie Eusebe, executive producer of the Women of the World festival.
The nominations span the full gamut of the creative industries, including fashion designers, comedians, entrepreneurs and filmmakers as well as designers and advertising creatives.