ACE annual survey on hold due to technical difficulties

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13 Jun 2016

Problems facing NPOs completing Arts Council England’s new-style survey have been compounded by technical issues with its new online portal.

The Space shifts focus away from digital art

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03 Jun 2016

A new commissioning round focuses on access and diversity in a bid to address issues raised in the White Paper and Warwick Commission report.

Birmingham’s big problem

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24 May 2016

After being met by a sea of white faces at a recent industry event, Rebbecca Hemmings says it’s time for Birmingham’s arts sector to face up to its diversity crisis. 

Words, words – they're all we have to go on

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07 Apr 2016

Rachel Grunwald flinches every times she hears someone – including herself – use terms such as ‘cultural offer’, ‘digital’ or ‘diversity’. Is it time to rethink the language we use?

Dark performances

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07 Apr 2016

How many theatres offer audio description services to blind and partially sighted people? Matthew Cock carried out some research and is disappointed with his findings.

A thirst for diversity

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22 Mar 2016

Frustrated by a shortage of touring opportunities for black and Asian theatre, Jatinder Verma and Jonathan Kennedy made it their mission to change the hearts and minds of artistic directors and inspire audiences across the country.

Reimagining opera

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15 Mar 2016

From an all-male ‘CarMen’ to a gay-themed Tosca, Robin Pietà reveals how Secret Opera is helping opera to shed its stuffy, elitist image and boosting LGBT representation in the industry.

How can you develop without opportunities?

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08 Mar 2016

Young actress Keisha Atwell reflects on her career so far, calling for the same opportunities to be given to all BME performers. 

Birmingham to train next generation of diverse cultural leaders

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05 Feb 2016

Targeted mentoring, leadership courses and masterclass events are to be provided to artists from diverse backgrounds in the city.

Transformative action

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21 Jan 2016

To truly increase diversity, the arts sector needs to take collective responsibility for equality. How? Jenny Williams and David Bryan make some suggestions.

ACE re-embraces creative case for diversity

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11 Dec 2015

Recognising that it “must do more” to encourage diversity in the arts, Arts Council England has announced four new diversity programmes and published workforce data for its largest NPOs.

A perfect placement

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15 Oct 2015

Unable to take on unpaid work, Salome Wagaine thought she might be excluded from a career in the arts. Then she found out about the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries scheme.

Lack of diversity in creative industries a business failure, says report

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02 Oct 2015

The Creative Industries Federation report into diversity in the workplace reveals that the sector is failing itself financially and socially by being inherently under-representative.

Serving which community?

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28 Sep 2015

Do theatres really believe their own soundbites about being community-led, open and accessible buildings, asks David Sedgwick.

Shouting as loud as ever

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28 Aug 2015

Is an arts organisation dedicated to LGBT issues still necessary or even relevant? Yes, says Neil Anderson, so long as it moves with the times.

APConversation: Does the arts have a diversity problem?

23 Jul 2015

Christy Romer spoke to four leading figures across the arts sector to ask for an answer - in their own words - to a simple question: Does the arts have a diversity problem?

ACE opens three new funding programmes

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17 Jul 2015

New funds will help the arts sector attract EU funding to support local economic growth, diversify leadership, and celebrate the anniversary of the Arts Council Collection.

Report calls for more research into cultural value and inequality

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10 Jul 2015

The campaign to boost diversity in the arts is being held back by a lack of research and accurate data, according to a literature review.

Being brave

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09 Jul 2015

The evidence suggests that a diverse workforce will bring a diverse audience. So it’s time for the arts to be bold and lead the diversity charge, says Sam Colt.


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