'The Art of Diversity: Contemporary art competition puts spotlight on diversity

The Art of Diversity
The Art of Diversity

An international contemporary art competition is celebrating Black History Month.

The Bridgeman Studio Award is the fastest growing contemporary art competition for artists, illustrators, and fine art photographers. This year it is sponsored by Verizon Media.

Now in its sixth year, this year’s brief is around the “Art of Diversity” and follows the path of Simon Frederick’s Black Is The New Black exhibition last year, which saw the largest acquisition of portraits of Afro-Caribbean sitters go on display at The National Portrait Gallery.

The competition touches on the context of Black History Month to celebrate diversity in its entirety.

That means diversity within the black community itself, but also diversity within the different communities living in our cities, or in the many ways we approach life and work.

The competition focuses on the importance of allies, and how allies can help to make things progress and create more awareness by being advocates of inclusion.

Anna Watkins, UK Managing Director, Verizon Media, said: “Championing diversity and inclusion is not only a moral and cultural mission, but also a business imperative for Verizon Media.

“The business understands that it makes better decisions, creates more innovative products and has a more profound impact on society, the more we can promote diversity and inclusion from within and through compelling partnerships such as with the Bridgeman Studio Award.”


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