Contemporary African Arts Report

This report is not intended as a comprehensive review of all contemporary African arts programmes and artistic collaborations taking place between the UK and Africa today. The insights offered by the contributors on best practice programming, successful international collaborations and audience development strategies offer a snapshot of current thinking on the subject. Though the report covers the spectrum of contemporary African arts, the research does not cover sector-specific questions. Lastly, it must be noted that our range of contacts comes from our joint networks, which are large but not exhaustive, and there is a major focus on London, the location of the Royal African Society’s primary network.


The statistical audience data presented in this report was the result of an analysis of two public surveys conducted between October 2018 and January 2019. We conducted surveys with two main groups to find out about people’s perceptions and knowledge of contemporary African arts and culture, how they currently engage, and what prevents them from engaging.