Taking Part report shows arts engagement static

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26 Jun 2015

Arts engagement has not increased in England since 2005/06, although there have been pockets of growth amongst those in rural areas, older people and those with a disability.

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 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.

In the spirit of London 2012

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16 Apr 2015

Volunteers are now at the heart of a national programme to improve wellbeing and social cohesion, says Penny East.

My Gurus - Bobby Baker

02 Apr 2015

Bobby Baker, Artistic Director of Daily Life Ltd, names those who have inspired and guided her.

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. 

Arts organisations increasingly rely on volunteers

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17 Dec 2014

The latest data reveals a shift in both employment practices and audience patterns among Arts Council of Wales’ Revenue Funded Organisations.

New artistic territory

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08 Dec 2014

Louisa Davison tells how two companies have pulled down the barriers between ballet and integrated contemporary dance.

Unlimited access

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01 Dec 2014

To make Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival a success, Wendy Martin knew that she had to improve accessibility for the 100 performers and artists with disabilities.

In upbeat and dynamic mood

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20 Oct 2014

As the Independent Theatre Council celebrates its 40th anniversary, its members discussed touring, artists’ pay, inclusion and much more at its recent conference. Charlotte Jones reports.

Audience and participant trends diverge in Northern Ireland

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03 Oct 2014

Arts participation continues to grow in Northern Ireland, though attendance has fallen and engagement is declining among disabled people and those living in deprived areas.

Slow progress on widening diversity

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25 Sep 2014

Report finds that many arts organisations lack the expertise or resources needed to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

From participant to professional

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22 Sep 2014

There have been very few progression routes in the performing arts for young, disabled people who want to make a career in the arts, but Claire Hodgson is aiming to change that.

Untransformed attitudes

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04 Sep 2014

A senior arts professional speaks out on discrimination in the arts, asking why “disabled people are nearly invisible with embarrassingly few leaders”.

Critical engagement please!

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24 Apr 2014

Why are we not critically engaging with learning disability arts? Bella Todd reports on the recent Creative Minds conference.

Cultural access scheme for disabled arts attenders

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17 Apr 2014

Creu Cymru is to lead on the development of a ‘National Disabled Visitors’ Card Scheme’ in Wales.

Dancing to escape

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10 Apr 2014

Dance workshops, courses and events in Somerset have allowed over 400 people with mental health issues to ‘escape their troubled minds’. Viv Gordon discusses their impact.

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