100 arts managers share £10m

The auditorium at the Royal Opera House
18 Apr 2019

At London’s Royal Opera House, 14 senior managers and a further 12 performers were paid over £100k in 2016/17, amounting to 17% of its annual Arts Council funding.

Arts degrees struggle to diversify their student intake

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18 Apr 2019

Creative arts and design degree courses are among the least likely to attract BAME students. 

A manifesto for mental health

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18 Apr 2019

All too often the cultural sector holds back from conversations about mental ill-health. Colin Beesting shares his manifesto for a more proactive approach.

4 in 10 arts workers who leave sector cite caring responsibilities

12 Apr 2019

Researchers say parents and carers are being “pushed out” of arts careers due to low wages and a lack of job security.

An end to awkward questions

Photo of Taking Flight Theatre Company and Chapter’s production of Peeling by Kaite O’Reilly with an integrated cast, embedded BSL and creative captioning
04 Apr 2019

Wales' national arts access scheme for disabled people and their carers removes the need for uncomfortable eligibility conversations. Megan Merrett explains how.

Finding common ground

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04 Apr 2019

In the wake of budget cuts, local arts groups in Birmingham have come together to help shape a new democratic approach to culture in the city, says Tom Jones.

Creative industries suffer from ‘Guardian reader syndrome’, says BEIS diversity lead

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03 Apr 2019

Conference delegates heard that unconscious bias in recruitment continues to be a serious problem.

Arts leaders slam ‘new paternalism’ of diversity initiatives

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29 Mar 2019

Southbank Centre’s Creative Director has called for a “much more disruptive intervention”.

Investing in the workforce

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28 Mar 2019

How can we attract a diverse workforce into the arts sector? Robert West says arts organisations can start by dismantling the barriers they are putting up themselves.

An art programme for everyone

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28 Mar 2019

Emma Edmondson introduces an alternative postgraduate art programme, designed to fit around the lives and bank balances of today’s artists.

Experiencing words visually

Photo of Charlotte Arrowsmith in rehearsal for As You Like It
21 Mar 2019

Charlotte Arrowsmith, who is performing in two plays with the RSC this summer, explains the challenges and opportunities involved when deaf actors are cast in mainstream productions.

Encouraging signs

Charlotte Arrowsmith acting in As You Like It
20 Mar 2019

The casting of deaf actor Charlotte Arrowsmith in a current RSC production illustrates how committing to diversity does not mean being worthy or boring, says Jonathan Knott.

Pulse report: ArtsPay 2018

ArtsPay 2018: A summary of pay and earnings in the arts and cultural sector
18 Mar 2019

The ArtsPay 2018 survey has provided the opportunity for the realities of earnings in the arts & cultural sector to be better understood. This final report and associated analysis, together with commentary by the ArtsProfessional team and others, all contribute to a much clearer picture of the state of pay in 2018.

Race to the bottom

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18 Mar 2019

As low- or no-pay practices continue to dominate the arts and cultural sector, some enlightened employers are starting to reap the benefits of offering a fairer deal to all staff. Jonathan Knott reflects on the findings of the ArtsPay 2018 survey – and the efforts of those challenging the status quo.

Rights, wellbeing and dignity

People standing outside the British Museum holding placards
18 Mar 2019

Financial insecurity plagues the working lives of cultural workers, with the self-employed and freelancers worst affected. But solutions are to be found, so it’s time for the UK to take decisive action, says Clara Paillard.

Entertainment without exploitation

18 Mar 2019

Charlotte Bence looks back on how the trade union Equity has fought low paid and unpaid work in the entertainment industries since 2014 – and its plans to extend its campaign in the future.

A wake-up call

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18 Mar 2019

Liz Hill introduces the grim findings published this week in the ArtsPay 2018 report on pay in the arts and cultural sector.

£8,000 pay penalty for part-time senior women, research finds

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15 Mar 2019

Women are being penalised for part-time working in the arts and cultural sector, earning full-time equivalent salaries that fall significantly short of those paid to people working full-time. 

Ditch focus on academic achievement to diversify arts, employers urged

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08 Mar 2019

London’s creative sector has failed to diversify its workforce despite significant job growth since 2012, a new report concludes.

Leading with an audience focus

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07 Mar 2019

Over 25 years the role of cultural marketers has expanded, but the focus remains on audience relationships. Cath Hume examines the changes and challenges.

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