Time to challenge the hierarchies

Rampak Genteng
10 Sep 2020

With the creativity of communities finally becoming a policy priority, arts organisations could be handing more control over to their communities. Adam Pushkin explains why – and how – that could work.

Head to head: can a toolkit solve the sector’s class problem?

14 Nov 2019

This year Jerwood Arts published a toolkit for cultural organisations, designed to encourage greater socio-economic diversity in the arts. Julie Lomax, Chief Executive of a-n The Artists Information Company, sees it as a starting point for helping solve the sector’s ‘class crisis’ – but arts consultant Chrissie Tiller isn’t so sure.

Beyond Culture Recovery

31 Mar 2021

The distribution of Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund has attracted widespread criticism, not least from those campaigning for greater diversity. Kevin Osborne calls for urgent action.

Gypsy stories need space to travel

Five young Traveller girls outside the front door of the dukes lancaster
03 Mar 2021

Europe’s largest ethnic minority is perhaps the most marginalised in the arts. Carl Woodward says addressing this means changing our ideas of access and inclusion in post-pandemic theatre.

Only 15% of 'BAME-led organisations' awarded emergency grants definitively are

Ballet dancers
03 Mar 2021

New research highlights a disparity between organisations that say they are BAME-led receiving higher funding awards than those with a majority of Black, Asian and minority ethnic leaders. 

'Woke minority' fights back against contested heritage policy

25 Feb 2021

As Oliver Dowden establishes a working group on "retain and explain", arts workers afraid of exclusion, censorship and funding cuts are speaking up.

One candle can light the next

24 Feb 2021

When her work was erased, Tori Allen-Martin took action to make sure it didn’t happen to anyone else. It’s turned into so much more, she writes.

Lockdowns push young, disabled and less educated out of creative workforce

17 Feb 2021

Researchers say we should be "especially worried" about a huge drop in creatives under 25 that could lead to greater inequalities in the arts and creative industries.

Recovery isn’t a black and white picture

Performer playing violin to an empty theatre
04 Feb 2021

Ben Walmsley, Abigail Gilmore and Dave O’Brien share findings from a research programme that shows there are silver linings among the storm clouds.

One story is not enough

A man holding a photo with a woman in the background
02 Feb 2021

Middle Eastern and North African arts professionals have been all but invisible in the UK. It's time to find our voice, take ownership of the narrative, and change how the industry sees us, writes Sepy Baghaei

We must build back fairer

Two people working on a soundsboard
27 Jan 2021

The creative sector will bounce back, writes Jane Ide. What matters is building a more inclusive sector – and not just because it’s the right thing to do.

10 ways you can help creative freelancers

27 Jan 2021

Freelancers share what organisations can do to help them throughout the current crisis and beyond. 

Covid taught us to care again

27 Jan 2021

The pandemic has put an end to the days when an aloof but brilliant leader could direct operations from behind closed doors. Honesty, empathy and communication are now the hallmarks of effective leadership, writes Chelsea Pettitt.

Why ‘who you know’ doesn’t fit the bill

Empty gallery
19 Jan 2021

Supporting creative practitioners with opportunities at this time is vital, but do so wisely, says Guy Armitage. Running an open call may feel daunting, but it could allow you to side-step biases, put diversity at the heart of new projects and keep your audiences engaged.

Call for 'temporary amnesty' on audition fees

14 Jan 2021

Drama schools are being urged to axe "absurd" fees for virtual and self-taped auditions to protect diversity in the theatre industry.

New Year Honours salute arts workers

Sharon Watson
07 Jan 2021

Slung Low’s Alan Lane, disability champion Andrew Miller and Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Moira Sinclair are among those receiving awards for their service.

'We are sorry': charity admits history of racism in arts activities

15 Dec 2020

Westway Trust says it "has been, and remains, institutionally racist" following decades of allegations.

York aims for World Heritage status in 2025

03 Dec 2020

A new cultural strategy demonstrates York's commitment to redress the effects of Covid-19 by embedding culture in the city's physical and professional infrastructure, its architects say.

Hiring ‘emerging’ disabled artists isn’t radical

Two people reading lines
02 Dec 2020

Do you think your organisation treats Deaf and disabled artists equally? Laura Guthrie says the sector’s outdated structures and traditions make that nearly impossible.

Stop patronising and pigeonholing young creatives

A group of performers lying on stage distanced from one another
24 Nov 2020

Handing over the reins is a start, but it shouldn’t be an abdication of responsibility. Mentor Suzann McLean and mentee malakai sargeant put each other under the spotlight.

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