Category: Events, exhibition, Professional Services, Business, consultancy, portraits
Diversity Is ... Champions Portrait [email protected] by Shahid Bashir
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The project is an exploration into the corporate brand of diversity and asks, “How is diversity as a business concept perceived and as management practice, how is it experienced”?
It challenges and elucidates on the misconceptions that many still have in relation to diversity and expounds on the value of rethinking leadership, processes and systems to create workplace cultures and workforce behaviours that are inclusive and embrace difference in the broadest sense of the word.
The exhibition consists of a collection of fine art, photographic portraits which have been taken in a particular style moving away from the happy, smiley corporate portraits we are all used to seeing. Using a contemporary black and white film noir style, featuring hard light and stark contrast, the intention behind the style of portraiture is to reflect the notion that the concept of diversity is not merely black and white it’s also about the grey areas in between.
The imagery is accompanied by a powerful narrative prompted through a consistent format as each contributor has responded to three questions;
- Diversity Is...?
- Diversity Isn’t...?
- Diversity Works...?
The responses give thought provoking insight through a series of fresh perspectives, which set out the value of diversity as management practice, what diversity definitely isn’t and under what conditions it can act as a catalyst for change and improve business competitiveness. The responses reflect the nature and spirit of diversity, all quite different yet linked with a binding thread of underlying connectivity.
“As a business consultant and artist I firmly believe it is critical to use contemporary and innovative formats to increase engagement, dialogue and understanding of how equality, diversity and inclusion are the cornerstone to establishing integrity in business. My overarching goal is to move the agenda out of the backroom into the board room and to place it at the heart of the corporate planning process”. Shahid Bashir
On the Tuesday 6th October a celebratory event will be hosted by Melanie Richards, KPMG Vice-chairman and will feature special guest Baroness Scotland speaking on diversity and its place in the corporate world. There will be an opportunity to view The Diversity Is… Champions Exhibition
This will be followed by a networking drinks reception with entertainment provided by The London Flute Quintet, whose repertoire ranges from Baroque to the present day, with a particular enthusiasm for French Impressionist music.
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