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20 Oct 2016

Should more be done to increase the diversity of those engaging with the arts in the UK? And if so, what? In her final report, Frances Richens looks at the findings from ArtsProfessional’s latest Pulse survey with a focus on audiences. 


Read the full survey responses in the pdf document here, including over 800 comments related to diversity in the arts.

Achieving diversity in audiences was a priority for most of the 509 UK-based respondents who completed ArtsProfessional’s Pulse survey in June and July 2016. 57% said increasing diversity was a top strategic priority for their organisation and a further 30% said it was important.

Those working in theatre and music were the most likely to see audience... more

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