About

What we do

Skin Deep makes space for Black creatives and creatives of colour to work towards justice through cultural production. Through our live events, online platform and print magazine, we build capacity for artists and activists in London and globally to think beyond crisis and survival, and dream of just futures.

Predominantly Black and POC-led, Skin Deep occupies a unique space in the media and arts landscape. We produce and curate work that centres hope, joy and lasting meaningful change. We always take the long view, tapping into deep currents that flow from generations past to worlds yet to come – both in the stories we facilitate and tell, and in the long-term relationships we build with contributors, partners and our wider community.

Skin Deep is Anu Henriques, Sylvia Hong, Nkenna Akunna, Georgie Johnson and Hannah Azuonye.

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How we’re funded

As of 2021, Skin Deep Media CIC is a Community Interest Company (CIC). That means all our efforts – and any profits we might make – are spent benefiting our community, not shareholders.

Some of our income comes from selling magazines and event tickets, and some from our magical Skin Deep members. But largely we rely on grants and commissions from arts institutions, private foundations and public funding bodies. We have received core and project funding from Arts Council England, Necessity, Solberga Foundation, Climate Story Lab (Doc Society), Horniman Museum, and the Stuart Hall Foundation.

We’ve been commissioned to create work, run workshops and facilitate creative spaces by Bush Theatre, ICA, Southbank Centre, Autograph ABP, Counterpoints Arts / OKRE, Barbican, Tate Modern, Free Word Centre, Doc Martens, Toynbee Hall and Channel 4.

If you’d like to find out more about funding Skin Deep – either a particular project or our organisation as a whole – please get in touch with Anu. We’d love to chat.