Papers from the Minority Arts Advisory Service

Scope and Content

Annual reports, photographs of events and lectures, contributions to Artrage, training bulletins, newspapers, newsletters, correspondence, register, and conference reports.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Minority Arts Advisory Service came into existence as a result of meetings that were held for a report titled "The Arts Britain Ignores", by Naseem Khan, published in 1976. The resulting committee comprised of six people; Naseem Khan, Taiwo Ajai, Norman Beaton, Peter Blackman, Ravi Jain and Shantu Maher. All members identified with the findings of the report; "that ethnic minority arts were virtually unknown outside their own narrow ambit, that they took exceptionally low place in any funding priorities, that they suffered from their own isolation, diffidence and lack of expertise". The main aims of the organisation were to maintain registers of artists, give advice to artists and arts organisations, and publicise activities. MAAS started as a very small operation in 1976, and became an official legal entity in January 1977. It was initially funded by the ACGB, Gulbenkian Foundation and Marks & Spencer. It ceased to operate due to insufficient funding.This information was compiled from the records, and using this resource'maas')

Access Information

This collection is available for research. Readers are strongly urged to contact Black Cultural Archives in advance of their visit. Some of the material may be stored off-site and advance notice of at least a week is needed in order to retrieve this material.

The reading room is open for access to archive materials Wednesdays-Fridays, 10am-4pm. The reading room is also open late every second Thursday of the month, 1pm-7pm.

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Location of Originals

Administrative records relating to MAAS are also held at the Modern Records Centre at Warwick University