From Wales to Lesotho

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30 May 2018

A group of actors with Down’s Syndrome travelled to Lesotho in southern Africa to help change attitudes to people with learning disabilities. Jon Dafydd-Kidd tells the story.

Why I’m not celebrating

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17 May 2018

You may think Debbie Geraghty should be celebrating the current diversity debate, so why isn’t she?

Breaking the cycle

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10 May 2018

To improve the diversity of the workforce, arts organisations need to employ more young people from low-income backgrounds. Kate Danielson shares tips for adjusting recruitment practices to do just that.

Men still dominate major arts organisations, data reveals

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04 May 2018

The rise of women chief executives has been concentrated in the smallest of arts organisations, an examination of England’s National Portfolio Organisations has shown.

Championing women for life

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03 May 2018

A hundred years after (some) women got the vote, they are still under-represented in creative and management positions in the arts. Theatre company Spare Tyre champions women, and Lynette Shanbury calls on everyone to do the same.

Freelance musicians most vulnerable to harassment

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27 Apr 2018

A survey by the ISM has found that 60% of musicians have been harassed at work, of whom around three quarters were self-employed at the time.

Working class people ‘significantly excluded’ from arts careers

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17 Apr 2018

Craft is the only artform to come close to accurately representing working class communities across the UK, new research finds.

Is ACE too posh for pop? Music leaders have their say

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12 Apr 2018

Representatives of Music Venue Trust and the Association of British Orchestras react to UK Music’s provocative call for opera funding to be redistributed.

Arts organisations among best employers for women

06 Apr 2018

The gender pay gap is smaller in the arts than other sectors, although some organisations are still trailing behind including ‘Times Top 50 Employer for Women’ the Southbank Centre.

New guidance to support dignity at work in arts organisations

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06 Apr 2018

A free support line for performing arts workers concerned about workplace harassment or bullying will be set up for a year, funded by UK Theatre, SOLT and the Theatre Development Trust.

Embedding equality practice

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05 Apr 2018

Nick Wesson explains how working with a disabled-led theatre company helped ARC Stockton achieve long-term sustainable change.

How we… make theatre with refugees

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23 Mar 2018

Neil Beddow explains how acta in Bristol overcomes the challenges of engaging migrant and refugee communities in theatre making. 

Arts organisations reveal their gender pay gaps

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16 Mar 2018

The first organisations to meet the government’s new reporting requirements include Arts Council England, the National Gallery and Sadler’s Wells.

Equity to ‘hold theatres to account’ on sexual harassment

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02 Mar 2018

Organisations and venues will be expected to adopt and follow robust policies and procedures on tackling inappropriate behaviour and bullying.

Will the Change Makers make a difference?

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01 Mar 2018

As one of Arts Council England’s cohort of Change Makers, Andrew Miller reflects on why he accepted the opportunity and what might change as a result.

Why Wales needs to catch up

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22 Feb 2018

The arts sector has a duty to challenge social injustice and promote equality and diversity, but Wales is getting left behind, warns Abdul Shayek.

Specialist arts colleges among the most elitist in the country

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09 Feb 2018

Two arts institutions accepted a lower proportion of students from a state school background than Oxford or Cambridge last year.

EXCLUSIVE: EBacc would exclude 133,000 pupils from the arts

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18 Jan 2018

Figures reveal that children living in the most deprived areas and those with lower attainment are the most likely to lose their option to study arts subjects when the English Baccalaureate becomes compulsory. 

Why the EBacc will divide society

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18 Jan 2018

Over 100,000 children a year will lose the chance to study the arts when the EBacc becomes compulsory in schools, and the least privileged will lose out most. Is this a conspiracy or a cock-up, asks Liz Hill.

New guides to help diversify workforce and leadership

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11 Dec 2017

An Arts Council England toolkit offers advice on widening recruitment processes and improving data collection, and includes research findings about barriers to entry in the cultural sector.

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