Art in Colour is a web series celebrating and promoting People of Colour working in the Australian arts industry. The series delves into the prejudice faced by POC artists and encourages ethnically diverse creatives to claim their space in the mainstream arts landscape.
The series is produced by the newly-founded creative collective For the Love of Good. Anisha Senaratne, a Melbourne-based performer and arts administrator who founded the collective, said “we want young POC artists to feel welcome in an industry that too often doesn’t consider them as equal contenders.”
The series will be launched on For the Love of Good’s Facebook page on 1 November, with a new episode being featured every Wednesday in November.
The first season of the series features interviews with the following prominent Australian creatives and performers:
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a celebrated spoken word artist who received widespread media attention after featuring on Australia’s Got Talent in 2016. She is a young leader within Australia’s Sikh community and was recently featured in the ABC TV Compass documentary Turban Legends and The Feed SBS VICELAND’s web documentary Fully Sikh: Spoken word artist.
Rajith Savanadasa is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. His debut novel, Ruins, was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal, the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and saw him named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist in 2017.
Kat Clarke is a proud Wotjobaluk woman from Wimmera. She is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked with a variety of organisations such as The Department of Education, The Wheeler Centre, RISE for Refugees and the Emerging Writers’ Festival.
Sonya Suares is an actor and theatre-maker recently featured in Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Melbourne Talam and Polyglot and Papermoon Puppet Theatre’s Helpmann Award-nominated production Cerita Anak. She is also the Artistic Director of the Green Room Award-nominated Sondheim musical theatre company Watch This.
Sasha Chong is an up-and-coming musical theatre performer and co-founder of DisColourNation, a musical theatre group championing People of Colour in student musical theatre. She is performing in Romeo is the Only Fruit as part of the 2017 Poppy Seed Theatre Festival later this year.
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa said “I’m passionate about representation of diverse faces in the media so any project that wants to encourage that, I’m in!”
Rajith Savanadasa said “I hope 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.”
Click here to view a trailer for the series.