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When black people call out racism, we are often blamed for being over sensitive or even accused of using sensitivities around race to their advantage. 

‘Playing the Race Card’ is a call out to UK artists who identify as black to submit artworks responding to perceptions or experiences relating to the concept of the race card. 

We ask that artists to consider how this problematic metaphor can be turned on its head, and explore ideas that replace a culture of victim blaming with a celebration of diversity. 

"It is our hope that the ingenuity of the UK's creative community will help to raise awareness of this discussion and work towards rendering this phrase extinct."

All entries will be displayed as part of a digital exhibition launching on Martin Luther King Day, the 17th January 2021. Following a public vote, one winning entry will win a £500 cash prize, with five runners up each winning £100.

The project is open to all forms of visual art and can be entered by any UK resident who identifies as black, including people whose ancestral origins are African, South and East Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Romany, the indigenous people of the South Pacific Islands, the American continents, Australia and New Zealand.