Culture Through Our Eyes

The Culture Through Our Eyes project exhibits the work of several Black organisations across England through a range of mediums including dance, music, and art

By Arts Council England

Nu Civilisation Orchestra - Tomorrow’s Warriors by Tomorrow’s WarriorsArts Council England

This story highlights a sample of the collection, briefly explaining how it all came together.

Irírí (2020) by Ade CokerArts Council England

Who is Arts Council England?

The Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. It supports the creative lives of young people in school, at home and in their social lives. 

An actress at work - SHE documentary (2021) by Tenisha WhiteArts Council England

What is the Culture Through Our Eyes' Project?

The idea for the project was birthed when the Staff at Arts Council England and Google Arts & Culture joined forces to spotlight the exceptional work being produced by Black creatives and organisations within the Arts and Culture sector. Using dance, music, and art, the collection centres on amplifying stories of identity exploring what it truly means to be Black and British.

Zara McFarlane - Tomorrow's Warriors by Tomorrow’s WarriorsArts Council England

Creating the collection

In celebration of Black History Month, we partnered with three organisations from across England to showcase the incredible work of several Black creatives. This collection sheds a light on Black British culture both here and abroad, covering stories from each organisation’s archives to the present day.

Cherelle Skeete being interviewed for the SHE documentary (2021) by Tenisha WhiteArts Council England

Punch

Punch is a creative development agency working closely with young people from diverse backgrounds to sharpen their talents and build sustainable careers. 

They put together a music video and a selection of short documentaries exploring the impact of music and culture on identity, entrepreneurship, and legacy within the Black community. 

View Punch's story

BHM Through Your Eyes (2020) by Patricia VesterArts Council England

Serendipity

Serendipity is a Leicester based, diverse-led, arts and heritage organisation.

The company curated an assortment of artistic works that provide insight into the experience of the African, African Caribbean Diaspora and indigenous communities. 

View Serendipity's story

Moses Boyd - Tomorrow’s Warriors by Tomorrow’s WarriorsArts Council England

Tomorrow’s Warriors

Tomorrows Warriors is a London-based, music development organisation offering support and career guidance to aspiring musicians looking to make their mark in the jazz world. 

Their collection highlights the success of its bespoke jazz education programmes in partnership with a host of local, national and international music/arts education and industry partners. 

View the Tomorrow’s Warriors story

Conclusion and thank you

Thanks to Google Arts & Culture and our partner organisations, who have given us a glimpse into their world.

In the interest of keeping the vibrancy of Black British culture alive for the generations to come it is important to share the work of its creatives and that these stories continue to be told.

We hope it encourages you to discover more.

So get inspired and Let’s Create

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