Birmingham to train next generation of diverse cultural leaders

Digital Humanities Hub at the University of Birmingham
05 Feb 2016

Targeted mentoring, leadership courses and masterclass events are to be provided to artists from diverse backgrounds in the city.

Barriers to arts engagement deter older people, survey finds

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19 Jan 2016

Physical access and social isolation emerge as key factors linked to a decline in arts engagement among older people.

How to… make a festival disability-friendly

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11 Jan 2016

Being disability-friendly isn’t just about physical accessibility. Alistair McDonald explains how Chase Park festival ensures it is inclusive and welcoming of everyone.

ACE re-embraces creative case for diversity

The Albany children
11 Dec 2015

Recognising that it “must do more” to encourage diversity in the arts, Arts Council England has announced four new diversity programmes and published workforce data for its largest NPOs.

A festival for all the senses

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02 Dec 2015

When Torbay’s annual Agatha Christie Week was expanded into a major literature festival things took an unexpected turn. Anna Farthing investigates.

Arts sector encouraged to become dementia-friendly

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06 Nov 2015

A new guide, published by the Alzheimer’s Society, provides practical advice to arts organisations seeking to make their buildings and artistic offering more suited to those with dementia.

A boost for inclusive dance

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05 Nov 2015

Linda Jasper reveals how U.Dance festival got more young disabled performers involved than ever before.

Lack of diversity in creative industries a business failure, says report

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02 Oct 2015

The Creative Industries Federation report into diversity in the workplace reveals that the sector is failing itself financially and socially by being inherently under-representative.

Creative access

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22 Jul 2015

Digital technologies offer the arts the opportunity, not only to improve access, but to enhance the experience of all audience members. Paul Glinkowski highlights some projects that are doing just that.

Playing with form

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16 Jul 2015

To make theatre truly accessible, elements such as captioning and audio description must have their own artistic stamp, says Amit Sharma.

Live music sector improves access

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15 May 2015

Music venues and festivals that have signed an accessibility ‘Charter of Best Practice’ have seen an increase in ticket sales to Deaf and disabled fans.

The burden of proof

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30 Apr 2015

In true Bertrand Russell style, Chrissie Tiller suggests that we turn the burden of proof on its head – and prove that the arts and culture are of no value to anyone.

The right to make music

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30 Apr 2015

Carien Meijer describes some recent developments of technology and musical instruments for disabled musicians.

Manifestos vary in commitment to the arts

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17 Apr 2015

All bar UKIP affirm the value of the arts and culture in society, but only The Greens commit to increased funding and a more holistic integration of the arts into social progress.

No clear and simple answers

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09 Apr 2015

Creating a network of ambassadors to promote culture and creativity in schools in the north east of England has been a bigger and more complex job than Ednie Wilson first anticipated.

Wales delivers on equality with access card scheme

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27 Mar 2015

Arts venues in Wales have joined forces to implement a new national scheme that aims to provide more consistent and reliable arts experiences for disabled people.

A future of dependent living

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19 Feb 2015

The closure of the Independent Living Fund and cuts to the Access to Work scheme will lead to a massive reduction in the number of disabled people participating and working in the mainstream arts world, warns Helen Bayliss.

ACNI sets targets for engaging disabled people in the arts

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18 Feb 2015

A Disability Action Plan for the arts in Northern Ireland hopes to raise the numbers of disabled people attending, participating and working in the arts. 

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