Internships threaten diversity in the creative industries

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21 Apr 2017

Young people in creative occupations are almost 50% more likely to have had a parent working in a professional position while growing up, new research has found.

An unequal art world

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20 Apr 2017

The gender divide amongst artists exhibited and sold is not inevitable, and new research into Artfinder’s online community proves it, says Jonas Almgren.

Refugees to the fore

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19 Apr 2017

As an arts festival with an explicit social change mission, Refugee Week faces some unique challenges. Emily Churchill Zaraa discusses how it tackles them head on. 

Major arts organisations to report gender pay gap

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13 Apr 2017

New Government requirements will see organisations that employ more than 250 people, on either a permanent or contractual basis, disclose their gender pay gaps online.

Navigating a different world

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05 Apr 2017

Autism and dyslexia have long been associated with creativity, but is the arts sector doing enough to support neurodivergent artists? Susan Jones highlights some concerns and opportunities. 

An inconvenient truth

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28 Mar 2017

Joe Hallgarten proposes a new solution to the uncomfortable fact that attendance at taxpayer-subsidised arts events remains stubbornly skewed by social class.

Arts Council England to move all funding programmes onto Grantium

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17 Mar 2017

A planned evaluation of the much-criticised funding portal will not lead to them retiring the system, ACE has confirmed.

Soften lighting to become autism-friendly, galleries advised

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09 Mar 2017

Introducing safe spaces for people with sensory issues is key to creating accessible cultural venues, according to a new report.

Power shift

Dawn Walton and Shamser Sinha in rehearsals
21 Feb 2017

A new diversity programme will shift power and resources to where they can be most effective. Dawn Walton explains the thinking behind Eclipse Theatre’s new artist development initiative.

ACE-backed trans theatre company gears up for launch

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10 Feb 2017

Trans Creative aims to become a hub for the transgender community in the North of England, providing creative and employment opportunities.

Sheffield Theatres to drop booking fees

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11 Nov 2016

The new Artistic Director has announced a series of inclusive measures, including free tickets for drama and performing arts students in the city.

Dancing with the stars

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10 Nov 2016

Can you teach astrophysics through dance? Academics and dancers in Manchester have been giving it a go. And tackling gender inequalities to boot, says Deb Ashby.

Arts diversity: There is catching up to do

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08 Sep 2016

In the first in a series of articles based on independent research and interviews with key figures about diversity in the arts, Christy Romer asks: how can we be getting it so wrong when everything seems so right?

The reluctant mutant

Photo of Inua Ellams peforming
08 Sep 2016

He’s been called Nigerian, Black British and oyinbo, but Inua Ellams just feels normal. He calls for the destruction of ‘othering’ classifications.

Strategy aims to put artists at the heart of society

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10 Aug 2016

Paying artists fairly is listed in Creative Scotland’s new Arts Strategy among a range of measures to raise the profile of artists and the arts in Scotland.

Arts Council of Wales consults on new approach to diversity

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05 Aug 2016

A new Strategic Equality Action Plan has been drawn up after researchers found that some aspects of the arts in Wales are becoming less diverse.

A capable band of women

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07 Jul 2016

Astounded by the sexist remarks she received while touring a theatre production with an all-female crew, Sarah Brown tries to make sense of it.

ACE to update review on equality and diversity in the arts

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07 Jul 2016

Arts Council England has issued a callout for research conducted around diversity in arts participation, audiences, employment practices and funding.

The best road to a different future

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30 Jun 2016

Twenty-five years after writing an article about his concern for ‘the future of black arts’, David Bryan considers whether progress has been made and looks to the future.

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