Victoria and Albert Museum: Archive of Art and Design

Arts Council of Great Britain: records, 1928-1997


Series description

Series title: Cultural Diversity Unit Files, 1985-1995
Reference: ACGB/90
Extent: 114 files

Context

The Ethnic Minority Arts Unit was renamed Cultural Diversity in 1991, after the short-lived Arts Access Unit had disbanded. Peter Blackman, who had led the Arts Access Unit, continued as the Head of Cultural Diversity.

There are some pre-Cultural Diversity Unit records in this series which reflects the continuity of work in the area of access and equal opportunities, in spite of all the restructuring and the change of name.

Scope and content

This series contains a number of general files relating to, for example, regional matters, application for funding and general enquiries. There are also files relating to specific schemes and organisations such as the Cultural Diversity Task Force, the Minority Arts Advisory Service, Artrage and the National Arts Strategy.

Arrangement

These records have been arranged in their original order.

Access

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Restrictions on access

Access to unpublished material less than 30 years old may be restricted and requests for access can take up to 20 working days to be processed. When applying for access, it is helpful if you can quote the reference number, title and covering dates of the file(s) in question. For very large requests you are advised to contact us to discuss your requirements. All requests should be sent to archive@vam.ac.uk or Victoria and Albert Museum Archives (ref. ACGB), Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX.


Detailed catalogue

Reference Description Dates
ACGB/90/49 Ethnic Arts Working Group / Cultural Diversity Matrical team minutes and internal correspondence
1 file
1985-1991
ACGB/90/9 Correspondence with Labour MPs regarding Arts Council restructuring
1 file
1988-1991
Access to this file will be restricted until 2024.
ACGB/90/63 Correspondence with Minister for Arts
1 file
1989-1991
ACGB/90/5 Cultural diversity and the arts reports
2 files
1989-1993
Reports concerning sponsorship of black arts groups, building a national black arts co-ordinating organisation or network, international connections, travel opportunities for artists and audience attitudes.
ACGB/90/66 CVs and applications
1 file
1989
Access to this file will be restricted until 2060.
ACGB/90/65 Cultural diversity and the arts reports
1 file
1990-1993
ACGB/90/36 Black Arts in London, Towards Cultural Diversity publications
2 files
1990-1995
Black Arts in London numbers 80, 125-126, 128, 130, 133-139. Includes other black arts magazines and artists' catalogues.
ACGB/90/67 Press cuttings on cultural diversity and the arts
1 file
1990-1993
ACGB/90/72 Cultural Diversity Related Organisations file
2 files
1990-1993
ACGB/90/16 Controllable funds file
1 file
1989-1992
File on Arts Council spending on cultural diversity.
ACGB/90/40 Controllable funds file regarding funding applications and grants awarded
4 files
1991-1993
ACGB/90/28 File regarding training for black arts professionals
1 file
1990-1991
ACGB/90/29 Applications for training for black arts professionals
1 file
1990-1991
Access to this file will be restricted until 2022.
ACGB/90/41 Cultural Diversity internal correspondence
1 file
1990-1993
ACGB/90/71 Cultural Diversity internal correspondence
2 files
1992-1994
ACGB/90/55 Cultural Diversity Task Force minutes and internal correspondence
3 files
1993
ACGB/90/70 Cultural Diversity external correspondence
2 files
1991-1993
ACGB/90/82 File of application letters for funding
1 file
1992-1994
Access to this file will be restricted until 2065.
ACGB/90/37 General enquiries regarding black arts and Arts Council
2 files
1992-1994
ACGB/90/43 General enquiries file
1 file
1994
ACGB/90/42 Cultural Diversity staff appraisal
1 file
1993
Access to this file will be restricted until 2064.
ACGB/90/76 File of Cultural Diversity contacts
1 file
ca. 1990 - 1994
Access to this file will be restricted until 2024.
ACGB/90/50 Second tier offices group minutes
1 file
1993
ACGB/90/78 National Arts Strategy file
2 files
1991
ACGB/90/77 Arts Policy Group papers
1 file
1991-1994
ACGB/90/12 Sponsorship of black arts file
1 file
1991-1992
Correspondence with Chiron Consultancy and the Association for Business Sponsorship of the Arts regarding development proposal for sponsorship and marketing of black arts groups.
ACGB/90/73 National Arts and Media Strategy file
2 files
1992
Policy documents, Promoting Diversity in the Arts and A Creative Future, responses to documents, conference and monitoring group papers.
ACGB/90/45 Waiting in the Wings report
1 file
1992-1994
African Caribbean performing arts audit and related correspondence.
ACGB/90/10 Papers from Arts Council meetings
1 file
1993
Access to this file will be restricted until 2024.
ACGB/90/11 Price Waterhouse review of the Arts Council
1 file
1993
Also appraisal of Cambridge Theatre Company.
Access to this file will be restricted until 2024.
ACGB/90/34 National Asian Arts Networking Programme reports
2 files
1993-1994
ACGB/90/20 Proposals for National Network for Cultural Diversity
1 file
1994
Includes papers regarding the beginnings of the National Black Arts Network.
ACGB/90/21 National Black Arts Network minutes and information on related regional organisations
2 files
1994
ACGB/90/44 New initiatives with young black artists file
1 file
1994
ACGB/90/32 MAAS (Minority Arts Advisory Service) appraisal file
1 file
1989-1993
Correspondence and material relating to appraisal including job descriptions and financial information. Includes appraisal submission.
ACGB/90/68 MAAS appraisal file
1 file
1989-1993
Material relating to appraisal including job descriptions.
ACGB/90/33 MAAS appraisal file
1 file
1992
Questionnaires and review relating to appraisal.
Access to this file will be restricted until 2023.
ACGB/90/69 MAAS appraisal file
1 file
1993
Staff appraisals.
Access to this file will be restricted until 2064.
ACGB/90/74 MAAS Cultural Equity Seminar file
1 file
1992
Correspondence regarding seminar.
ACGB/90/4 MAAS Board meeting minutes
1 file
1992
Access to this file will be restricted until 2023.
ACGB/90/3 MAAS papers
2 files
1992-1993
Papers include reports, minutes, correspondence, financial statements regarding the Arts Council funding of MAAS and their appraisal.
ACGB/90/18 MAAS / Artrage correspondence, minutes and publications
2 files
1994
ACGB/90/19 MAAS / Artrage CVs
1 file
1994
Access to this file will be restricted until 2065.
ACGB/90/30 Cultural Diversity / MAAS general file
2 files
1994
Correspondence and finances regarding relocation.
ACGB/90/31 Correspondence regarding MAAS staff
1 file
1993-1994
Access to this file will be restricted until 2065.
ACGB/90/27 Correspondence and papers from Regional Arts Boards
1 file
1991-1993
ACGB/90/26 Business plans and policies from Regional Arts Boards
2 files
1991-1992
ACGB/90/57 Correspondence with Regional Arts Boards
1 file
1992
ACGB/90/22 Minutes of meeting between funding bodies and Regional Arts Boards and corporate plans
3 files
1992-1994
ACGB/90/23 Regional Arts Boards corporate plans
1 file
1992-1994
Access to this file will be restricted until 2025.
ACGB/90/25 Analysis of 1991 census by region
1 file
1993
Analysis of socio-economic demographics of each region and characteristics of people employed in the arts.
ACGB/90/17 Networking in Europe file
2 files
1990-1993
Reports on other European Arts Councils and related correspondence regarding black arts in Europe.
ACGB/90/56 European Black Arts Travel Awards file
1 file
1990-1991
Access to this file will be restricted until 2022.
ACGB/90/24 Black Arts in Europe file
1 file
1991-1992
Various reports on artistic activities of black artists in Europe, includes minutes regarding Black Arts Travel Award.
ACGB/90/52 Mission to EC, European Community file
1 file
1992
Correspondence to set up meetings in Europe, including Amsterdam.
ACGB/90/81 European connections file
4 files
1991-1995
ACGB/90/79 European connections file
3 files
1992-1993
ACGB/90/80 European connections CVs
1 file
1991-1995
Access to this file will be restricted until 2066.
ACGB/90/47 European connections file
1 file
1994
ACGB/90/51 Arts Council guide to travel opportunities file
1 file
1992-1994
ACGB/90/58 Correspondence regarding International meetings and festivals
1 file
1991-1993
Correspondence with international artists and organisations, also regarding international conferences and festivals.
ACGB/90/15 International initiatives file
2 files
1992-1993
Policy documents and correspondence with relevant organisations regarding black arts in Europe.
ACGB/90/35 INIVA, International Institute of New Visual Arts correspondence file
3 files
1992-1994
Includes artists' catalogues.
ACGB/90/64 Royal Ballet file
1 file
1987-1991
Papers on policies and education activities.
ACGB/90/59 Women's writing file
2 files
1990-1992
Also Asian Women Writers newsletter.
ACGB/90/75 Women in Arts survey
1 file
1993-1994
ACGB/90/61 Various speech transcripts about black arts
1 file
1991
ACGB/90/39 Community Radio Association file
1 file
1992
Press release and annual report.
ACGB/90/60 Shaka Abafazi Project correspondence
1 file
1992
ACGB/90/62 Survivors Poetry correspondence
1 file
1993
ACGB/90/46 Festivals file
1 file
1994
Various correspondence, including regarding Junebug / Jack UK tour.
ACGB/90/38 TAAC, The Association of American Cultures, Open Dialogue conferences file
1 file
1988-1994
Includes conference papers and delegates reports.
ACGB/90/2 TAAC Open Dialogue information on delegates
1 file
1988-1994
Access to this file will be restricted until 2025.
ACGB/90/1 TAAC Open Dialogue conference file
1 file
1992
Relates to TAAC Open Dialogue event from 25 to 28 June 1992. Correspondence, agenda notes, financial information, conference publicity material and delegates reports.
ACGB/90/6 Live Arts and Cultural Diversity conference file
1 file
1992-1993
Includes papers for conference, Cultural Diversity minutes and publicity material for various arts events.
ACGB/90/7 Live Arts and Cultural Diversity conference file
1 file
1992-1993
Access to this file will be restricted until 2024.
ACGB/90/53 Panafest file
2 files
1992-1994
ACGB/90/54 Panafest, information on delegates
1 file
1992-1994
Access to this file will be restricted until 2025.
ACGB/90/8 Information on venues for events
1 file
1990-1991
ACGB/90/13 Cultural Grounding conference file
1 file
1993-1994
ACGB/90/14 Cultural Grounding conference, information on delegates
1 file
1993-1994
Access to this file will be restricted until 2025.
ACGB/90/48 Critical Practices conference and Black Art towards 2000 file
1 file
1994