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

Derby Museums Trust
09 Sep 2016

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

Arts diversity: There is catching up to do

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08 Sep 2016

In the first in a series of articles based on independent research and interviews with key figures about diversity in the arts, Christy Romer asks: how can we be getting it so wrong when everything seems so right?

Funding boost targets arts provision for diverse communities

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09 Aug 2016

Arts Council England has committed £5.3m to a scheme aimed at developing greater resilience among organisations contributing to wider diversity in the arts.

Arts Council of Wales consults on new approach to diversity

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05 Aug 2016

A new Strategic Equality Action Plan has been drawn up after researchers found that some aspects of the arts in Wales are becoming less diverse.

Resource highlights arts-based technologies for disabled creatives

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05 Aug 2016

A website providing advice and best practice for using technology to aid creativity has been launched for the disability arts sector.

Challenging a monolithic culture

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21 Jul 2016

The arts sector talks a lot about diversity, but what can actually be done to achieve it? Monica Montgomery suggests ten ways to take action.

Museum and gallery employment estimates rise

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07 Jul 2016

The latest Government statistics suggest the creative industries are continuing to grow and improve diversity.

ACE to update review on equality and diversity in the arts

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07 Jul 2016

Arts Council England has issued a callout for research conducted around diversity in arts participation, audiences, employment practices and funding.

The best road to a different future

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30 Jun 2016

Twenty-five years after writing an article about his concern for ‘the future of black arts’, David Bryan considers whether progress has been made and looks to the future.

Small teams, huge ambitions

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30 Jun 2016

Major audience development initiatives may be inspiring, but most arts organisations can learn more from what the smaller players are doing. Sara Lock shares a few examples.

White noise

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24 Jun 2016

Achieving greater diversity in the arts isn’t rocket science, says Ammo Talwar, but it is time for big actions.

A voice for the future

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15 Jun 2016

Tired of seeing British East Asian actors being given underwritten, stereotyped roles, Kumiko Mendl decided to do something about it.

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.

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