Unlocking creative talent

Erika Flowers self portrait drawing still life
29 Nov 2018

How can Arts Council England do more to include the voices of people with experience of the criminal justice system? The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance talks to artist and former prisoner Erika Flowers.

Trusting young people in care

Young people rehearsing dance routine
29 Nov 2018

Nathan Geering explains how a hip-hop dance production has helped give a voice to young people in the care system.

A vital contribution

School children laughing
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

Photo of mobiloo outside circus tent
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.

Review highlights evidence of class bias in arts funding

The outside of London's National Theatre at night
16 Nov 2018

The tendency for people from higher social grades to be more likely to attend arts events is down to a mismatch between current funding priorities and the public’s taste, rather than any lack of demand, an evidence review suggests.

Report slams ‘mythical barriers’ to programming diverse work

Photo of Black Men Walking
26 Oct 2018

Analysis of a 14-week theatre tour by a black-led NPO finds large and diverse audiences, high ticket sales and positive reviews.

Unpicking prejudice

People sitting on a bench in the middle of an art gallery
25 Oct 2018

It is exciting to explore and own the biases that we impart to audiences, argues Bea Udeh.

Being prepared

A woman crouched on her side inside a circus hoop
25 Oct 2018

Arts venues programming an act that could attract the attention of trans activists should be aware of the issues involved and the potential for conflict, advises Jonathan Best.

Parents and carers in the arts face £3,000-a-year ‘career penalty’

A child with a backpack walking along the road
19 Oct 2018

A new survey finds that 43% of women with caring responsibilities would increase their working hours if “adequate” childcare was available.

‘Outdated recruitment practices’ holding back diversity

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05 Oct 2018

A new report urges arts organisations to focus on skills rather than formal qualifications when recruiting staff, and to offer more leadership development training.

NPOs failing on access basics, say disabled artists

A gallery tour including people sitting down and a wheelchair user
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.

Arts Council England to consider micro grants

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28 Sep 2018

The national funder responded to select questions from Twitter in its “first ever live online review of the year”.

Fostering young talent

Photo of crowd of young people with man raising his arm
20 Sep 2018

Nurturing young people’s talent is a key part of improving diversity in the arts sector, says Jacqueline Haxton.

Arts Council of Wales to introduce workforce diversity targets

Photo of Nick Capaldi and Phil George
14 Sep 2018

At the heart of its new 5-year Corporate Plan is a commitment to ensuring diversity among those it funds, and to improving the financial resilience of both arts organisations and individual artists.

Disabled people more engaged with arts than ever, figures reveal

A group of people including a wheelchair user in an art gallery
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

Photo of the British Paraorchestra
07 Sep 2018

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

Tackling class discrimination

The slogan "follow your dreams" overwritten with "cancelled"
30 Aug 2018

By taking a robust approach to understanding the social class make-up of the workforce, the cultural sector can address entrenched inequalities. Dave O’Brien suggests a way forward. 

Cultural value research hub backed by 5-year funding

People watching a live concert
10 Aug 2018

The research centre will aim to “pre-empt the needless wheel-spinning, data-churning and combative cross-talking that has characterised much of the past debate” about cultural value.

€4m pan-European project to support disabled artists

A participant at We Dance festival in Birmingham
03 Aug 2018

New funding aims to bring disabled artists into the mainstream of European dance and theatre, and build a network committed to presenting their work.

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