Who gets ACE funding? Diversity data reveals surprising trends

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08 Aug 2019

BME-led organisations were 60% more likely to fall at the first hurdle of Project Grants applications – while LGBT-led groups were 25% more likely to secure grants.

Tackling diversity in children's arts: what we've learned in a year

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18 Jul 2019

Tara Lopez identifies three key themes that have emerged so far from the four-year Vital Spark initiative.

Thinking big about health

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20 Jun 2019

The Hub at Wellcome Collection brings together academics and practitioners to tackle issues like rest and busyness, rare dementias and inclusive research, writes Harriet Martin.

Experimental instrument lab re-launched

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13 Jun 2019

A new partnership hopes to bring disabled and non-disabled musicians together to create accessible instruments and remove barriers to participation.

Cultural attractions still fall short on accessibility, finds report

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31 May 2019

Only one in four of the top 100 venues are considered to be more than 90% accessible.

Improving the volunteer experience

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30 May 2019

How can arts organisations best nurture a thriving and committed community of volunteers? Robin Hall shares her experience of gaining accreditation from the Investing in Volunteers standard.

Wheelchair users barred from online bookings

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24 May 2019

New research finds only 4% of bookings that included wheelchair access needs were made online, compared to 60% of all transactions.

Making the impossible possible

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23 May 2019

Last month, weekly arts group participants with sensory impairments, physical disabilities and mental illnesses came together to perform an adapted Shakespeare play in Belfast. Eileen Branagh explains the process of creative collaboration that allowed the cast to realise their ambitions.

Musicians 'fobbed off' on access requests

Lizzie Emeh
10 May 2019

Fear of negative reactions is deterring Deaf and disabled musicians from mentioning their access needs when talking to promoters, venues or festivals about performing opportunities.

An end to awkward questions

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04 Apr 2019

Wales' national arts access scheme for disabled people and their carers removes the need for uncomfortable eligibility conversations. Megan Merrett explains how.

MPs and arts organisations pledge to support disabled access

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25 Jan 2019

More than 100 people and organisations have signed The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto, making an urgent plea for strategic partnerships between Special Educational Needs organisations and cultural institutions.

Take action and let us in

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24 Jan 2019

Limited opportunities are preventing the authentic voices of disabled directors and writers from being heard. The sector needs to stop talking and take action, says Nicola Miles-Wildin.

A vital contribution

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29 Nov 2018

Vital Spark is a national initiative aiming to create more inclusive and diverse performances for children and young people. Tara Lopez tells the story.

Proper changing places

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22 Nov 2018

To be completely accessible and inclusive, Circus Starr realised that it had to improve one of the least glamourous aspects of its set-up - its toilets. Sarah Hall tells the story.

NPOs failing on access basics, say disabled artists

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03 Oct 2018

A Leeds-based collective has named a lack of accessible toilets, snobbish staff and ‘mega-expensive’ coffee among continuing barriers to equality.

Disabled people more engaged with arts than ever, figures reveal

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07 Sep 2018

Data from the Government’s Taking Part survey also suggests that 2017/18 saw record levels of arts engagement in England as a whole, though changes to the questionnaire could be skewing the findings.

Arts Council not yet an ‘effective ally’ for disabled people, says diversity chief

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07 Sep 2018

Abid Hussain urged his organisation to employ more deaf and disabled people in decision-making roles.

Jo Royce to join Candoco as Executive Director

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13 Jul 2018

The current Executive Director of the Gate Theatre praised the ambition and perseverance of the company she will join in October.

New £1m archive of UK’s disability arts opens to public

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28 Jun 2018

The online National Disability Arts Collection and Archive is billed as the first archive in the world to offer a major retrospective of disabled people’s art and activism.

Taking bold steps

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20 Jun 2018

Few arts venues have programmed main stage shows starring performers with learning disabilities, but new diversity requirements for England’s NPOs could change that, says Gus Garside.

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