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INGRID SWENSON has announced she will leave PEER in January after 23 years as Director. During her tenure, Swenson oversaw a 2016 capital...
20 Stories High Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director and Co-CEO JULIA SAMUELS is stepping down from the Liverpool theatre company after 15...
Inverclyde's Beacon Arts Centre has named KAREN TOWNSEND its new Creative Producer and LESLEY DAVIDSON as General Manager. Previously ...
COLIN CAMPBELL-AUSTIN is joining PRS for Music in its newly-created Head of Inclusion and Employee Experience role. He will lead the...
Liverpool's Epstein Theatre reopened under new management with new producers CHANTELLE NOLAN, BILL ELMS and JANE JOSEPH. Nolan, currently...

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  • Our sector is supported by trustees and directors who, through their passion and skills, have stepped up to support organisations when the need has been greatest. But, as Jonathan Mayes argues, our boards could do better.

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    Over the past year, Amanda Parker has been privy to several board-level conflicts that she describes as nightmarish. Boards, she advises, need to ensure democratic processes support equitable redress. 

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    Ten years ago, while most 21-year-olds were exploring their freedom, Toks Dada was spending his evenings and weekends reading company management reports, annotating business plans, and scrutinising financial accounts. Here he explains why.

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    Boards in the cultural sector often focus on improving the delivery of a conventional model, but as Anisa Morridadi argues, both trustees and organisations need to change.

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    One of the oddities of sitting on a board or being a trustee of a cultural institution is that there are no rules for how to do it - still less how to do it well. John Tusa offers a guide for survival.

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    A reluctance to share opinions openly is a significant block to achieving racial equity. But as Kevin Osborne argues, without understanding prevailing attitudes to racial inequity we are unlikely to reach effective solutions.

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Readers' Comments

One of the most challenging but a better way of running diverse teams is to engage them in arts production and delivery. I would like to...
Posted by Change Agent on We need to talk about race
Many thanks for your comment. Please do also respond to Kevin directly on https://www.linkedin.com/in/the-kevin-osborne/
Posted by ruth_hogarth on We need to talk about race
Diana, you provide devastating news about how work in London based HE is no longer a strategic priority for government. Yes, higher...
Posted by Change Agent on Levelling down London’s HE sector
Hi Joel - the report can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/music-creators-earnings-in-the-digital-era
I think it was the highly experienced Arts Manager Sir John Tusa who, some years ago, remarked that whilst the Arms Length principle still...
Posted by Paul Kelly on Is DCMS any longer fit for purpose?
It was Raymond Williams who, in a celebrated 1979 Political Quarterly essay about his experience on the Arts Council, first christened it...
Posted by Diogenes the cat on Is DCMS any longer fit for purpose?
This is an excellent set of notes and papers which will lead to much bigger things as the work matures. The writer will be aware that...
This is a very useful contribution in that it tries to examine and provide the mechanism for levelling up in the arts and the cultural...
It would be interesting to know if either study took into account the furloughing of staff - many marketing teams were running at reduced...

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