Celebrating Black Excellence in the Creative Industry by Jane Olowe

Mon, 30 Oct 2023
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We shined the spotlight on Impact’s Associate Talent Partner, Jane Olowe in celebration of Black History Month.

Black History Month is the perfect time to shine a spotlight on the vibrant and thriving creative industry, and the talented black businesses and entrepreneurs leaving their indelible mark on it. We are thrilled to celebrate the artistry, innovation and resilience of black-owned businesses in the UK’s creative sector.

The creative industry in the UK has undergone a renaissance, with black artists, designers, and entrepreneurs at the forefront of this movement. Their impact is felt in various creative fields. From fashion and design to film and music, Black-owned businesses have made a significant impact on the cultural landscape. In a world that often struggles with inclusivity and diversity, these businesses serve as a beacon of hope.

Let’s take a closer look at a few remarkable Black-owned creative businesses that continue to inspire and innovate.

Yemaya Collective

The Yemaya collective is a non-profit social creative collective powered by women. They are a vibrant community of talented individuals with a passion for art, culture and creativity. They bring together artists and creatives from various backgrounds and disciplines, creating a rich and dynamic tapestry of talents. This unity is a testament to the power of collaboration and how creativity knows no boundaries. They frequently host workshops and networking events.

GUAP London

GUAP London, the ‘Great Unconventional and Ambitious People’, is a dynamic platform celebrating black culture and diversity. It amplifies the voices of young talent, bridging cultures and communities. GUAP blends art and storytelling, empowers through events, and envisions a future of impactful change in the creative realm.

Babes on Waves London

Babes on Waves empowers women to redefine the creative industry. They are dedicated to uplifting women in the creative game. They are a diverse community celebrating women’s creativity in art, music and more. Their events and workshops centre around equality and empowerment and building a future where every woman’s voice is heard and valued.

Supporting Black-Owned Businesses

It is important not only to celebrate but also to support these black-owned businesses actively. Whether it is attending workshops or simply sharing their work with a friend, every effort contributes to a more inclusive and diverse creative industry.

These businesses represent just a fraction of the incredible creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit within the Black community. As we commemorate Black History Month in the UK, let’s recognise and appreciate the immense contributions of black entrepreneurs and artists in the creative industry.

These individuals and their businesses are not only shaping the cultural landscape but also inspiring future generations. Let’s continue to amplify their voices and celebrate their creativity, not just this month but year-round. The creative sector in the UK is richer and more vibrant thanks to their talent and determination.

By supporting black-owned businesses, we are not only celebrating black history; we are also shaping a more diverse and culturally rich future for all.


For more on Impact’s collaborative approach to supporting London-based charities and organisations, read about our partnership with AfraYanga, a community event that supports LGBTQ+ migrants of African descent, Asylum Seekers, and Refugees in the UK.