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Our Focus

  • Promoting investment in the Asian arts sector and the development of its infrastructure
  • Developing collaborative programmes for strategic impact
  • Investing in organisational development and capacity building
  • Generating cross-cultural programmes to reach mainstream audiences and to promote cultural diversity
  • Providing direct production and management support to artists and arts organisations
  • Providing a forum for critical debate and discussions through conferences, seminars and newsletters
  • Promoting the use of Asian arts for the empowerment of community groups, women, people with disabilities and the elderly Production house operations: commissioning new work, executive producers of Festivals and arts events, designers and providers of targeted arts projects

Our Values

Our strengths lie in the values we hold. These are reflected in our:

  • Vision. We have run national and regional Asian Arts networking rogrammes as a proactive scheme for direct artform development. Until 1997, Asian Arts Access had received the least level of funding compared to other arts networks.
  • Mission to achieve tangible artistic outcomes in conjunction with several arts organisations, individuals, local authorities and regional arts boards.
  • Determination to put artists at the centre of artform development and to make all our projects artist-led.
  • Respect for the arts of all South Asian communities, with no artform preferences of our own
  • Belief in helping less informed and under-privileged artists to access funding based on quality and sustainability of their arts output.

Our capability

Asian Arts Access is capable of handling projects ranging from one-off productions to long-term programmes, which may also require partnership funding or input in kind from us. We have been instrumental in developing several long-term arts projects. We have also designed and managed major events for clients. A recent example is Journey of a Lifetime, a two-day celebration for Slough Borough Council.

Summary of Achievements Asian Arts Access has achieved the following:

  • We have set up a model organisation and become an agent for change in an often-confused market. We have gained trust and respect of several Asian arts organisations, regional arts boards, departments of the Arts Council of England, local authorities and business sponsors.
  • We have developed enviable partnerships and collaborations to create leading edge productions, Festivals and arts events.
  • We have contributed to research and development and led the critical debate in several areas.
  • We have carried out an extensive audience development study and will be disseminating results to the providers and practitioners as well as subscribers to the Asian Arts Access newsletter and the Website.
  • We have shown that communities and less advantaged community groups can be empowered to operate as collaborators and to reach audiences.
  • We have created capacity by recruiting and training volunteers at all levels of operations.

Our Consultancy Clients

We aim to build lifetime partnerships with our partners and always take a long-term view. Our success is derived from our skills in integrated arts planning and development, comprising:

  • Project definition and planning
  • Design, development and delivery of strategic programmes
  • Quality arts productions
  • Project follow-up and support

Past and current clients and collaborators include the following:

  • Slough Borough Council
  • Luton Borough Council
  • Bournemouth Borough Council
  • Oxford City Council
  • Southampton City Council
  • London Borough of Hounslow
  • London Borough of Kingston
  • London Borough of Croydon
  • London Borough of Mertonq London Borough of Bexley
  • London Borough of Newham
  • Bristol City Council
  • Hounslow Asian Arts Agency
  • Art Asia
  • Lotus Arts
  • Artezium Arts and Media Centre
  • Axxiom Creative
  • Traditional Arts Productions
  • The former regional arts boards
  • University of Surrey
  • Jugnu Bhangra Group
  • Asian Street Theatre Company

Our Funders

Asian Arts Access has developed and established a number of themed products and frameworks for its regional and national network-based programmes many of which have received regular support from the Arts Council of England, and the former arts boards - Southern, Eastern and South East Arts Boards and some of the above local authorities.



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