London's Metallic Inc Launch Arts & Culture Fund For Black British Creatives

London's Metallic Inc Launch Arts & Culture Fund For Black British Creatives

February 13, 2023

Non-profit organisation Metallic Inc. have kickstarted the third round of their MetallicFund to help Black, UK-based creatives make their visions and projects a reality.

This year, the initiative is set to distribute £60,000 between selected artists, musicians, and creators. Established in 2020 as a way to navigate racial inequality in the creative industry, the funding has uplifted many individuals by providing them with a network of connections within the industry. Louis Culture, No Signal and clothing brand Vivendii are just a few names that have been supported by the organisation and the late Virgil Abloh, editor and creative Carlos Navario and designer Martine Rose were some of the previous mentors.

In a brief statement, Metallic Inc. co-founder Grace Ladoja MBE said, "Community is the DNA of Metallic. We want the fund to be visible to the community outside of the people that know us personally, the community that are in the UK doing amazing things and want to get support from a company that is Black-owned and has an amazing network around it that can nurture them through mentorship."

Former grant winner, Feben also commented, "The fund has been really important for someone like me 'cause I don't really come from that sort of background. It really supported me when I needed it the most, but it wasn't just the money, it was the mentorship as well. I had just graduated and needed guidance. Carlos from i-D was one of my mentors and I found that conversation and his belief in my story really helpful. I really appreciated the support."

You can find further information on the Metallic Fund initiative and how to apply here.

Words: Blessing Borode
Photography: Alyas