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20 Sep 2016

Should the arts be doing more to increase diversity? And if so, what? In this first of three reports, Frances Richens looks at the findings from ArtsProfessional's latest Pulse survey, with a focus on diversity in the workplace.

Questions about equality and diversity in the arts sector are not new. The Arts Council of Great Britain held a symposium called ‘The Arts and Cultural Diversity’ as long ago as 1989. But calls to deliver equality of access and to increase the diversity of voices in the sector have never been louder.

While the mainstream press may be mostly concerned about the dominance of white, privileged actors, a multitude of conversations are going on in the arts sector, from the under-... more

Photo of someone doing paperwork 22 Sep 2016 Feature

Artists and other self-employed arts professionals are missing out by failing to take advantage of the tax rules designed to leave more money in their pockets. Alistair Bambridge explores the possibilities.

Photo of Laura Jones 22 Sep 2016 Feature

In part two of a series on diversity in the arts, Christy Romer says that labels like ‘diverse’ and ‘BME’ may fail to capture a person’s lived experience - but it would be harder to address inequality without them.

Photo of British Museum 22 Sep 2016 Feature

Visitor numbers may have grown, but the diversity of museum-goers in London has hardly changed over the past ten years. James Doeser and colleagues suggest what new research is needed if London’s museums are to understand how to attract new audiences.

Photo of person in spotlight 22 Sep 2016 Feature

Just how diverse is the arts workforce in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland? Find out with these Infographics collating the latest data. 

Graphic of man with megaphone 22 Sep 2016 Opinion

Following AP’s coverage of Arts Council England’s plans to impose a standardised system for measuring artistic quality on its National Portfolio Organisations, hundreds of artists, academics, arts professionals and other commentators across the world have taken to Twitter to share their views. The overwhelming majority are not impressed, as shown in this small but representative selection of comments…

Photo of performer high-fiving young girl in audience 22 Sep 2016 Feature

Theatre for young audiences has suffered from low status and under-investment, but perceptions of its quality are changing, says Nina Hajiyianni.

Photo of people at a conference 22 Sep 2016 Case study

Training has given many non-specialist fundraisers in the East of England the skills and confidence to make their case to potential funders, says Miranda Rowlands.

Photo of woman with laptop in cafe 15 Sep 2016 Feature

Now that we have all gone digital, the next challenge is to find out much more about our online audiences, says Katie Moffat.

Photo of digital display of 100% 15 Sep 2016 Case study

Can we teach artists to be entrepreneurial? Laurent Noël reports on a programme in France that mixes business plans, sales skills and corporate relations with creative ideas to help artists become successful ‘artrepreneurs’.

Photo of old people smiling 15 Sep 2016 Case study

Short films showcasing the work of museums in Cornwall have had a real impact on the local community and attracted the attention of key influencers and decision-makers. Chloe Hughes explains.

Artist's impression of new arts centre 15 Sep 2016 Case study

Harrow Arts Centre faced almost certain closure following council cuts, but a fresh vision and new governance under a charitable trust are securing its long-term future. Andrew Welch tells the story.

Photo of the exterior of the Design Museum at night 15 Sep 2016 Case study

Josephine Chanter reveals how The Design Museum ditched its quiet fundraising approach, starting with a glamorous benefit auction in central London.

Children and sculptures 15 Sep 2016 Case study

How do you teach young people about collective power? A recent arts project involving three schools in Tottenham aimed to do just that. Marcus Stanton reveals how.

Photo of Spare Tyre 08 Sep 2016 Feature

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?

Photo of Clare Twomey and William Morris work 08 Sep 2016 Case study

The Art Fund’s crowdfunding platform has given artists the chance to realise their dreams, but to make it happen requires hard work and commitment from everyone involved, says Rachel Mapplebeck.

Photo of dancers in industrial setting 08 Sep 2016 Case study

The Arts Impact Fund offers loans based on artistic as well as social impacts. Seva Phillips explains the aims and benefits of its pilot investment scheme.

Photo of Terry Jones with megaphone 08 Sep 2016 Case study

Red Ladder’s #GisATenner campaign appealed to the company’s Twitter followers to donate as little as £10 to help save the company following funding cuts. Chris Lloyd reveals what happened next.

Photo of Inua Ellams peforming 08 Sep 2016 Opinion

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

Photo of audience member 08 Sep 2016 Feature

To make a fundraising project stand out from the crowd you need to create a powerful and engaging supporter experience. Bernard Ross explains how to do it.