Case Study: Where Am I?

In 2017 CAMEo launched their The Pocket Guide to BAME Role Models and Leaders in the Performing Arts, at a workshop at Leicester curve entitled Bright Lights: BAME Role Models and Leaders in Arts and Culture. Convening a panel of industry experts discussed how we can make workforce diversity the responsibility of everyone in arts and culture, and why it is so important to support BAME role models. Featuring: Kumiko Mendle Artistic Director, Yellow Earth Theatre Company; Chris Stafford Chief Executive, Curve Theatre; Suzanne Gorman Artistic Director, Maya Productions and Jonny Wright XYM.

Aiming to spark conversation, inspire action, and provide an open space for networking – CAMEo revisited the topic in 2019 at the MHECF conference in Coventry, where Suzanne Gorman from Maya Productions put together a workshop to revisit the topic for the assembled delegates. Both events touched upon the need for arts and cultural venues to reflect diverse society and how Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) role models can help us achieve that.
Suzanne presented key findings from Where Am I?, a project that looked at the importance of BAME role models in relation to workforce diversity and how they can help challenge and change the status quo.

Bright Lights
New Research into the impact of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic role models.
Download a pocket guide, which follows on from a Clore/AHRC funded research project, Where Am I? led by Suzanne Gorman in collaboration with Dr Doris Eikhoff and CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies, University of Leicester.
The guide was launched on 30 November 2017 at the Curve Theatre, Leicester with CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies, University of Leicester.


Cultural Sector partner:

Suzanne Gorman, Maya Productions

HE Partner and other partners:
Doris Eikhof, with CAMEo, the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies at the University of Leicester.

CAMEo was launched in 2016 to provide new understandings of the cultural industries, the ‘creative economy’, arts, media and cultural policy, consumer culture dynamics, and the mediation and representation of cultural and economic life.
CAMEo is an interdisciplinary platform for academic research as well as for collaborations with culture and media practitioners. Together with a wide range of partners we explore the diverse and complex ways in which cultural and media economies are being defined, valued, enacted, experienced and represented. Our research also seeks to foreground issues of participation, sustainability and social justice in cultural and media economies.


Topic category, (if relevant) to working group themes : Talent & Employability / Diversity

Area: East Midlands & National