Arts degrees struggle to diversify their student intake

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18 Apr 2019

Creative arts and design degree courses are among the least likely to attract BAME students. 

A manifesto for mental health

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18 Apr 2019

All too often the cultural sector holds back from conversations about mental ill-health. Colin Beesting shares his manifesto for a more proactive approach.

4 in 10 arts workers who leave sector cite caring responsibilities

12 Apr 2019

Researchers say parents and carers are being “pushed out” of arts careers due to low wages and a lack of job security.

New parliamentary group to support diversity in the arts

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04 Apr 2019

The Creative Diversity APPG is chaired by former Arts Minister Ed Vaizey and its Vice Chairs include Tracy Brabin MP, who has been heavily involved in campaigns to support parents in the arts.

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.

Creative industries suffer from ‘Guardian reader syndrome’, says BEIS diversity lead

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03 Apr 2019

Conference delegates heard that unconscious bias in recruitment continues to be a serious problem.

Arts leaders slam ‘new paternalism’ of diversity initiatives

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29 Mar 2019

Southbank Centre’s Creative Director has called for a “much more disruptive intervention”.

Investing in the workforce

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28 Mar 2019

How can we attract a diverse workforce into the arts sector? Robert West says arts organisations can start by dismantling the barriers they are putting up themselves.

An art programme for everyone

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28 Mar 2019

Emma Edmondson introduces an alternative postgraduate art programme, designed to fit around the lives and bank balances of today’s artists.

Experiencing words visually

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21 Mar 2019

Charlotte Arrowsmith, who is performing in two plays with the RSC this summer, explains the challenges and opportunities involved when deaf actors are cast in mainstream productions.

Encouraging signs

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20 Mar 2019

The casting of deaf actor Charlotte Arrowsmith in a current RSC production illustrates how committing to diversity does not mean being worthy or boring, says Jonathan Knott.

Pulse report: ArtsPay 2018

ArtsPay 2018: A summary of pay and earnings in the arts and cultural sector
18 Mar 2019

The ArtsPay 2018 survey has provided the opportunity for the realities of earnings in the arts & cultural sector to be better understood. This final report and associated analysis, together with commentary by the ArtsProfessional team and others, all contribute to a much clearer picture of the state of pay in 2018.

Ditch focus on academic achievement to diversify arts, employers urged

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08 Mar 2019

London’s creative sector has failed to diversify its workforce despite significant job growth since 2012, a new report concludes.

Diversity organisation celebrates placing 1000th paid intern

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01 Mar 2019

Creative Access, set up in 2012, has placed hundreds of candidates from under-represented backgrounds with organisations including the National Theatre, Tate and Leeds Playhouse.

An unexpected gift

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28 Feb 2019

A welcome surprise of five-year funding provided the opportunity for Cardiff's Sherman Theatre to diversify its audiences, boost volunteering and develop a relationship with a time credit network. Julia Barry tells the story.

My Gurus - Hannah Ishmael

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28 Feb 2019

Hannah Ishmael, an archivist at the Black Cultural Archives, reflects on the colleagues, thinkers and activists who have guided her career. 

Escaping the catch-22

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21 Feb 2019

Little has changed in the ten years since John Holden first shone a spotlight on the damaging disconnect between the arts sector and the public at large. Could the mass realisation of personal creativity provide a way forward?

Book Review: A Restless Art

21 Feb 2019

Lucy Neal welcomes François Matarasso's nuanced and passionate exploration of the growing field of participatory art.

Slow progress on diversity at England’s largest arts organisations

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15 Feb 2019

The proportion of ‘unknown’ data on ethnicity at large organisations has rocketed up, raising serious questions about the quality of data.

Young people under-represented in the arts, research finds

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15 Feb 2019

Detailed information on the demographics of the creative workforce has been released for the first time in seven years.

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