How racist are you?

A Black person covering their each eye with their hands, palms facing towards the camera
22 Oct 2020

Unconsicous bias can leave even well-meaning organisations with blind spots on diversity and inclusion. Roxan Kamali-Sarvestani explains what they can do to avoid this – and how Talawa Theatre Company is supporting them.

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.

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 Laura Guthrie says the sector’s outdated structures and traditions make that nearly impossible.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.

Ruffling the critics' feathers

Protester with a megaphone at a Black Lives Matter march in London
24 Nov 2020

Tajpal Rathore explains why he is creating a home for Black art that is more ambitious, more radical – more itself - free from the White gaze.

Ethnic representation in children's literature reaches new, low high

18 Nov 2020

Ambitions to increase the number of creators of colour have been raised amid improvements in the incidence and portrayal of Black, Asian and ethnic minority characters.

A Fond Farewell to ArtsProfessional

Amanda Parker
18 Nov 2020

Amanda Parker shares her parting words as Editor of ArtsProfessional.

How to curate for a global moment

People observing the Go On Being So exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery
12 Nov 2020

The groups least likely to visit a gallery can curate shows the public wants – and that directors would never dream to create, writes James Green.

Developing leadership for South West women

People laying on the floor working collaboratively
10 Nov 2020

Covid-19 has intensified the barriers women face to becoming leaders in the arts, writes Sacha Lee. The most marginalised will be the most important vehicle for change.

Black, Asian and ethnic minority representation in music industry at a record high

29 Oct 2020

UK Music launches a plan to keep up the momentum, as research shows the gains are concentrated in entry level positions rather than middle or senior management.

News Comment: Sharp actions, at pace, with respect

29 Oct 2020

UK Music has published its industry-wide ten-point plan for a diverse music ecosystem. But it’s actions, not words, that will bring about lasting change, says Ammo Talwar

The impact of Covid-19 on fundraising: should we tear up the rule book?

Woman in gallery looking at painting
29 Oct 2020

Right now past data is a poor predictor of the future, but understanding the scale and nature of change while responding to issues and initiatives of importance to funders will be vital to future success, say Michelle Wright and Sarah Thelwall.

In it for the long haul

20 Oct 2020

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation will be making fewer, larger grants in future and collaborating on longer term projects that have a real chance of being taken to scale. Alison Holdom explains their new strategy and what they hope to achieve.

Turning limitations into possibilities

Lisette, a white woman with freckles and long brown hair, sits behind a wooden table, her hands spread out on its top. She is wearing a brown dress, a top hat and a yellow paper moustache. She is winking. The table is on a pebble beach with a river running behind it. Image credit: Rob Irish.
15 Oct 2020

Disabled freelancers can teach the sector a lot about how to overcome limitations to make and adapt work in new and exciting ways, so look for them, use them … and pay them, says Lisette Auton.

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