Question your cultural context

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If you’re in a position of power assessing and evaluating the merit of artistic works, it’s important to understand your own cultural context and assumptions. This is especially true if you are making assessments based on your ‘gut instinct’, ‘aesthetic feeling’ or other undefinable judgement calls.

How do I do it?

Online tools like the Harvard Implicit Association Test and training courses, such as the Unconscious Bias Training undertaken by BAFTA jurors, can help you to question your associations and cultural assumptions. However it should be noted that this sort of training has not been demonstrated to reduce prejudice or improve structural discrimination embedded in institutional, organisational or political systems. A better way to avoid issues of cultural bias is to engage and collaborate with people from the relevant community.

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