Join Jhinuk Sarkar and Amberlee Green for an engaging, interactive and safe workshop on diversity in illustration, suitable for both illustrators and commissioners.
In the first half of the session you will explore what it means to illustrate diversity. Drawing on personal experience, case studies and references, the group will discuss race and authenticity and using illustration activities to explore the themes that arise. You’ll use this process to establish what tools you’ll need in order to illustrate diversity.
In the second half of the session, you’ll focus on mental health, wellness and sensory accessibility, exploring tools to use in your creative practice or commissioning processes in future and creating your own manifesto commitment to inclusion and diversity.
At the end of the session we will explore our outcomes by viewing them together as an online exhibition and share our next steps and commitments.
During the workshop you will:
- Identify opportunities in your personal creative practice for addressing inclusivity.
- Participate in discussions about how representation is illustrated.
- Consider how our mental health impacts our work, both in our processes and output.
- Find ways to widen your audiences and consider their access to illustration.
- Begin to develop tools in your practice that question what feels authentic and representative of different communities and cultures.
- Produce a manifesto that summarises your commitment to creative inclusive practice in illustration.
How the workshop works:
- The live online workshop will take place 1-5pm BST on Saturday 24 July 2021.
- We use Padlet for sharing work created during the session. You do not need a Padlet account to access this platform.
- Participants will receive handouts a week before the workshop and login details and Padlet link the day before – these will be sent to the email address linked to your Paypal account so please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible from your contact email address if this is different to the one linked to your Paypal account.
- Please note that our workshops are designed to be experienced in real time. We are unable to provide recordings of the masterclass to attendees or those who are unable to attend, except for pre-arranged accessibility reasons.
- Please download the Guidance for Participants and check our FAQs for more information.
You will need:
- A new journal, notebook or sketchbook
- A3 paper or card in your favourite colour
- Fine liner
- Marker pens
- Scissors (optional)
- PVA glue or glue stick (optional)
- Old newspaper/magazines (optional)
- Black Indian ink (optional)
- Paintbrush (optional)
Experience: Any level of creative practice aligned with illustration.
About the workshop leaders:
Jhinuk Sarkar is an illustrator, educator, creative producer and disability advisor of West Bengali heritage. As an illustrator, she works in editorial, advertising, publishing and design, most recently on the set design for Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series on the BBC. She teaches illustration at Ravensbourne University and Camberwell College of Arts and Inclusive Teaching and Learning at the University of the Arts London. She is also Head of Access at Turf Projects.
Amberlee Green is an illustrator, mental health advisor, facilitator, researcher and associate lecturer at the University of Arts London. She has a Master’s in Clinical Mental Heath Sciences from UCL and over a decade’s experience working in mental health across higher education institutions. Amberlee is of Jamaican heritage and is the founder of Line & Honey, an illustration studio specialising in the representation of Black women.