Excerpt from Daljinder Johal:
“For me, there’s one major sentiment that unpins this all - a lack of belonging. It’s important to consider why 33.2% of young people didn’t want to be part of Birmingham’s creative community despite 60.8% having said the arts are important.
I’ve found the arts industry exclusionary because of these seemingly narrow definitions. Do you belong to a creative community if you don’t have a creative practice? Do you have to be a full-time artist or what if you’re a STEM student with an interest in the arts? What if you don’t speak the ‘language’ of the arts? ”