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Cultural Equity Forum

The Cultural Equity Forum is a series of open digital forums for art workers on cultural equity and social justice as part of our VisualiSE programme. Participants can present and discuss upcoming/work-in-progress projects aimed at improving cultural equity in the contemporary visual arts sector. As well as helping you develop your work, the forum aims to enable everyone taking part to be aware of new initiatives, ideas, and directions developing within the contemporary visual arts sector.

How do I get involved?

Each presentation is expected to be around 20 minutes in length, followed by a 20-minute open discussion. If you would like to present a project that you are working on please send a max. 250-word project blurb and 100-word bio to with the subject title Cultural Equity Forum. We are currently accepting proposals for July and August.

What is Cultural Equity?

“Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources” (Americans for the Arts)

About the Facilitator

The Cultural Equity Forum is facilitated by Susuana Amaoh. Susuana, also known as The Black Gallerina is a Brighton-based cultural activist, curator and interdisciplinary artist. Susuana is also currently a PhD researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is researching decolonial praxis in public contemporary art galleries. 

Previous sessions: 

Monday 16th October 2023: What Makes an Anti-Racist Gallery? Susuana Amoah leads an in-person event with guest contributor Paul Hobson (Director, Modern Art Oxford).

Click here to access the outline of the event.

Audio recordings are available from this event: 

Click here for Part One

Click here for Part Two

Notes from the manifesto activity are available to view here.

Tuesday 4th July 2023: Sarah Davies (Arts on Board, Trustees Unlimited, London) explains the work of Arts on Board who help arts organisations recruit trustees from diverse backgrounds.

Click here to access the audio recording from this session.

Click here for Sarah’s presentation.

Monday 24th April 2023Jamie Wyld (videoclub, Brighton) presents Vital Capacities; an accessible online residency programme that supports deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists to participate on an international stage.

Click here to access the audio recording from this session.

Click here to see Jamie’s presentation.

Tuesday 28th March, 2023: Ricardo Reveron Blanco (Aspex, Portsmouth) introduces COMMUNAL; a new public programme which responds to the needs of Portsmouth’s creative communities by providing a space for development, collaboration and creativity.

Click here to view notes from the session.

Click here to see Ricardo’s presentation.

Tuesday 27th February, 2023: Dee Haughney (De La Warr Pavilion) discusses new approaches to equality, diversity and anti-racist practice through creativity via the Creative Development Network.

Click here to view notes from the session.


We have a limited number of bursaries to enable unsalaried art workers to attend. Please get in touch for more information.


If you need any reasonable adjustments to enable you to access the session please contact us as soon as possible.

VisualiSE is funded by Arts Council England.

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