Pulse report – part 3: Diversity in audiences – what needs to change?

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20 Oct 2016

Should more be done to increase the diversity of those engaging with the arts in the UK? And if so, what? In her final report, Frances Richens looks at the findings from ArtsProfessional’s latest Pulse survey with a focus on audiences. 

Arts diversity: Interview with the National Theatre’s Rufus Norris

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19 Oct 2016

What does the Artistic Director of England’s most highly-funded theatre think about quotas, naming and shaming, and the lack of progress on diversity over the past 20 years? Rufus Norris chats to AP.

‘League of shame’ theatres receive workforce diversity funding

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14 Oct 2016

Arts Council England’s two new funds aim to increase the diversity of senior leaders in arts organisations and support development opportunities for BME theatre makers.

Three-quarters of people in the arts volunteer before finding paid work, survey suggests

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12 Oct 2016

Research by Jerwood Charitable Foundation found only a quarter of people working in the arts entered the sector with a paid position.

Workforce diversity won’t be a factor in Arts Council ratings

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12 Oct 2016

National Portfolio Organisations must diversify their programming to access ACE funding, but there will be no naming and shaming or sanctions applied if arts organisations fail to achieve workforce and governance objectives.

Arts workers in favour of artistic diversity quotas, survey finds

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07 Oct 2016

The sector has voiced concerns about barriers facing diverse artists and the ‘ghettoisation’ of diverse art.

Arts organisation unlikely to lease The Drum building

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07 Oct 2016

Part of the NPO funding previously earmarked for the venue will now be distributed in the local area to promote arts activity.

Pulse report – part 2: Diversity in artistic work – what needs to change?

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06 Oct 2016

Should more be done to increase the diversity of the UK’s art and artists? And if so, what? In this second of three reports, Frances Richens looks at the findings from ArtsProfessional's latest Pulse survey, with a focus on diversity in artistic work.

Arts diversity: None of this is new

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06 Oct 2016

We’ve been reading, writing and speaking about diversity in the arts for decades. In the third in a series of articles, Christy Romer says perhaps there’s nothing new to say – but the sector still has to hear it.

The fearless inclusive leader

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06 Oct 2016

How can a more inclusive leadership style increase diversity in our audiences? Anne Torreggiani identifies three distinct characteristics.

Survey to track arts diversity in Scotland

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30 Sep 2016

Creative Scotland is to gather evidence on individuals’ occupation, employment status and career progression across the country.

To those angry at me

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28 Sep 2016

Adam Taylor, an organiser of the NewHorizons16 conference on diversity and inclusion, responds to one of the day’s themes: opportunities are not open to everyone in the arts because white, middle-class, middle-aged men stand in the way.

White arts workers less likely to favour diversity quotas

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23 Sep 2016

Survey findings reveal a deep division in opinion among arts workers about how to increase the diversity of the sector’s workforce.  

Arts diversity: Your words, not mine

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22 Sep 2016

In part two of a series on diversity in the arts, Christy Romer says that labels like ‘diverse’ and ‘BME’ may fail to capture a person’s lived experience - but it would be harder to address inequality without them.

Pulse report – part 1: Diversity in the arts workforce – what needs to change?

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20 Sep 2016

Should the arts be doing more to increase diversity? And if so, what? In this first of three reports, Frances Richens looks at the findings from ArtsProfessional's latest Pulse survey, with a focus on diversity in the workplace.

Scotland’s National Performing companies commit to gender equality

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16 Sep 2016

National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Ballet are among the performing arts companies pledging to have a gender balanced board by 2020.

Classical music becoming middle class, committee hears

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09 Sep 2016

A meeting of the Countries of Culture inquiry this week heard about the challenges facing regional arts organisations following local authority cuts.

Arts Minister backs access agenda in first keynote speech

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09 Sep 2016

New Arts Minister Matt Hancock stressed the sector’s “special responsibility” to promote social mobility in his first major speech to the arts today.

Museum entry fees do not affect visitor diversity, research suggests

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09 Sep 2016

Overall visitor numbers typically fall when entry fees are introduced, but donations and secondary spend are not affected.

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