Access & Inclusion Consultancy

There are over half a million Central & Eastern European people in the UK according to a pre-war census, and they are disconnected from one another. For over 10 years, we have been supporting the Central & Eastern European (CEE) community in the UK and internationally in being included in cultural programming. We have come a long way, having organised a biannual Art Week with leading auction houses like Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonham’s Rosebery’s, Sworder’s and Hermitage Fine Art bringing a range of art from the region to the UK, there is much to be done still in public programmes, galleries and museums featuring CEE work. Moreover, a significant number of CEE migrants are cultural workers and not just makers, and have faced a range of barriers in joining creative teams in light of Brexit and the war in Ukraine perpetuating a cycle of discrimination. There is more still to be said about an inherent shame of being Eastern European that many members of our vibrant and diverse community face

To support CEE creatives through the years, we have featured their work on our platform, run hybrid residencies and takeovers, organised a range of events for them to network, and brokered creative partnerships with venues and other organisations to embed a focus on CEE communities in public programmes. Now more than ever, it is essential that cultural events offer safe spaces for discussion and connection, with more refugees from Ukraine coming to the the UK and seeking community. It is also key that conversations around the consequences of colonial heritage for white-passing diasporas and the intersectional challenges faced by their members are had beyond academia.

We are thus offering consultancy services for cultural organisations to evaluate their engagement with CEE communities and connect them with creatives from our network that are already working at grassroots level to create inclusive spaces for this diaspora. If you are interested in learning more about CEE ethnographies in the UK and discussing collaboration further, please email our Director, Ksenia Kazintseva at ksenia@izbaarts.com.

If you’d like to read more about access & inclusion for Central & Eastern European communities in the cultural sector, please refer to an academic report published by our colleagues at Centrala Birmingham https://centrala-space.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/In_Between_Spaces_report.pdf