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Records of the Minority Arts Advisory Service

Identifier: MAAS

Scope and Contents

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


  • 1977-1994

Biographical / Historical

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". 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. Unfortunately the organisation ceased to operate due to insufficient funding.

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Black Cultural Archives: Records of the Minority Arts Advisory Service
Black Cultural Archives
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Black Cultural Archives
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