Art in Colour is a brand new web series launching on 1st November. It features prominent Australian creative artists and performers who promote People of Colour, while also delving into the prejudice faced in the Australian arts industry.
The series is produced by Anisha Senaratne, who founded For the Love of Good, a collective of artists committed to instigating positive change through creative projects. “We want young People of Colour artists to feel welcome in an industry that too often doesn’t consider them as equal contenders”.
Each week throughout November, audiences will be introduced to a different ethnically diverse artist and will see how each of claims their space in the mainstream arts landscape. They believe the arts has the incredible power to shift people’s perspectives and inspire action.
Writer Rajith Savandasa says there are “…certain groups of people who aren’t represented very much, aren’t valued very much”. Rajith, originally from Colombo, Sri Lanka, was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist in 2017. “Australian literature is still very focused on what the West thinks of them so I think we still kind of pander to this taste”.
The series comes at a time when the world’s current political climate has seen the Black Lives Matter Movement gain world-wide momentum against racial inequality. In Australia, the Movement was awarded the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize.
Sonya Suares is an actor who has appeared in theatre, films and television. She is the Artistic Director of the Green Room Award-nominated Sondheim musical theatre company ‘Watch This’. “The Barriers you face in this industry happen behind your back, or while you’re not looking, they happen before you even get to the casting table”.
Performance artist Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is no longer willing to accept the system and “…spaces that have made us into the taxi driver or the doctor or the side Indian hairy girl but never the lead.”
Sukhjit is a celebrated spoken word artist who received widespread media attention after featuring on Australia’s Got Talent in 2016.
The artists work across multi-media platforms to create projects and campaigns tailored to important social issues within society that desperately need addressing. Their projects aim to resonate with all those who come in contact with them.
Up-and-coming musical theatre performer, Sasha Chong says, “If you don’t see anyone who looks like you doing something, then I suppose there’s no idea in your head that you can do that”. Sasha is co-founder of DisColourNation, a group championing People of Colour in student musical theatre.
“These kids need to know you’re there. They need to see your face in the community. They need to see you’re advocating for them and being a voice with them” says Kat Clarke, a proud Wotjobaluk woman from Wimmera with a degree in Creative Writing. She has gradually developed her craft by combining her skills and knowledge in community engagement, mentoring, music and the arts, screen, and education. “I went to a school where really I was the only black kid here so there wasn’t much push for me to be anything other than what I was. Part of me wanting to write was to prove others wrong”.
Rajith hopes “this project gives people, especially young people, the confidence to explore their inner lives to realise that their experiences are worthy and interesting and can be the basis of a successful career in the arts.”
The series will launch on Wednesday 1 November 2017 via www.facebook.com/fortheloveofgood
with the release of a new episode every Wednesday in November.
Episode Release Dates
Wednesday 1 November 2017, 4pm AEST – Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa
Wednesday 8 November 2017, 4pm AEST – Rajith Savanadasa
Monday 13 November 2017, 4pm AEST – Sasha Chong
Wednesday 22 November 2017, 4pm AEST – Sonya Suares
Wednesday 29 November 2017, 4pm AEST – Kat Clarke
All episodes will also be uploaded to the For the Love of Good website: www.fortheloveofgood.net/art-in-colour