Children from deprived areas shut out of music qualifications

A man sitting at a computer
31 May 2019

Research finds that “large geographical areas are completely without music provision at A level”.

Cultural attractions still fall short on accessibility, finds report

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31 May 2019

Only one in four of the top 100 venues are considered to be more than 90% accessible.

Improving the volunteer experience

A photo of a volunteer in the research room at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre
30 May 2019

How can arts organisations best nurture a thriving and committed community of volunteers? Robin Hall shares her experience of gaining accreditation from the Investing in Volunteers standard.

Wheelchair users barred from online bookings

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24 May 2019

New research finds only 4% of bookings that included wheelchair access needs were made online, compared to 60% of all transactions.

Join the club

Photo of Manchester Collective filming in a derelict room in Hull
23 May 2019

Adam Szabo shares seven principles that have helped Manchester Collective attract younger audiences to its classical concerts.

Access to entry-level roles

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23 May 2019

Many entry-level roles in the arts are taken by overqualified graduates, but a project in Wales is opening up opportunities to those most suited to them, says Sarah Mair Hughes.

Making the impossible possible

A photo of an Open Arts performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream
23 May 2019

Last month, weekly arts group participants with sensory impairments, physical disabilities and mental illnesses came together to perform an adapted Shakespeare play in Belfast. Eileen Branagh explains the process of creative collaboration that allowed the cast to realise their ambitions.

Diversity beyond visible representation

Photo of EVIDENCE DANCE COMPANY in New Conversations featuring Annique Roberts, Courtney Paige, Ross Keon Thoulouis & Shayla Caldwell
15 May 2019

Culturally diverse work is becoming more prominent, but the infrastructure supporting BAME artists still needs to improve, argues Pawlet Brookes.

Letter: Trans identity is not up for debate

14 May 2019

Artists, activists and cultural workers argue that trans activists' protests against arts programming are part of a legitimate struggle for equal rights.

Musicians 'fobbed off' on access requests

Lizzie Emeh
10 May 2019

Fear of negative reactions is deterring Deaf and disabled musicians from mentioning their access needs when talking to promoters, venues or festivals about performing opportunities.

Is it time for quotas?

Photo of a woman suspened on the side of a building, in a red dress, over a grey city landscape
09 May 2019

Having recently announced that South East Dance is to produce an all-female dance programme, Cath James discusses the complex issue of gender quotas.

A 'nearly good news' story

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09 May 2019

Christine Hamilton considers how much has changed since the publication of her report on women in the Scottish arts sector three years ago, and what still needs to be done.

Taking inspiration from sport

Photo of Alex Morgan, captain of the United States women's soccer team, by Jamie Smed
09 May 2019

Why are many women in the arts not progressing into leadership roles? Alex Marshall asks if there are lessons to be learned from the world of sport.

Changing the narrative

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09 May 2019

By opening up more realistic discussions around motherhood, Motherworks seeks to support those suffering unnecessarily. Ruth Dudman explains.

My Gurus: Corrina Eastwood and Charlotte Elliston

Photo of Charlotte Elliston and Corrina Eastwood
09 May 2019

Corrina Eastwood and Charlotte Elliston, Co-Directors of feminist arts organisation Sweet 'Art, look back on the people who have inspired and guided their work.

Arts Council calls in Plain English Campaign

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03 May 2019

The campaigning group which challenges “gobbledygook, jargon and misleading public information” has been brought in to help stamp out meaningless and inaccessible language. 

Queuing up for 50p tickets

A photo of a queue of people outside Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
02 May 2019

There are queues around the block for a chance to nab the Citizens Theatre's 50p tickets – an offer that’s available for every production. It’s not just a way of diversifying audiences, it also brings to life the theatre’s history, and civic mission, says Dominic Hill.

A sensory new world

A photo of a man performing with a guitar to a disabled audience with a sensory set
02 May 2019

Lucy Garland explains how her company makes theatre accessible to adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

A seat at the table

Photo of Imrana speaking at the Power of Community symposium
24 Apr 2019

Challenging the notion of a ‘hard-to-reach community’ in Luton, Imrana Mahmood explores the need to create pathways that lead to meaningful inclusion.

How to rewire your thinking

Photo of neon sign that says Slung Low at The Holbeck
23 Apr 2019

Lucy Jamieson explains how pooling resources, creativity and ideas rather than working in silos can bring about effective change.

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