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.

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.

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. 

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.

Arts organisations are turning a blind eye to sexual harassment

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24 Nov 2017

Arts workers have lifted the veil on the secrecy surrounding sexual harassment in the arts, revealing the extent and impact of the issue in hundreds of comments through ArtsProfessional’s latest survey.

Pulse report: Sexual harassment in the arts – is enough being done?

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24 Nov 2017

Following revelations of inappropriate behaviour by high-profile individuals in the arts, an ArtsProfessional survey has revealed the experiences and views of the sector’s workforce. Frances Richens reports on the findings.

300 arts workers report being sexually harassed

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10 Nov 2017

The publication of a ‘Code of Behaviour’ for the arts coincides with disturbing early findings from an ArtsProfessional survey, raising serious questions about how arts organisation are dealing with complaints.

Parents’ campaign calls for theatres to embrace flexible working

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03 Nov 2017

25 theatres across the UK will trial a new employment charter, to help ensure they are “as inclusive as possible to carers and parents”.

Arts organisations stand firm against sexual harassment

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25 Oct 2017

A joint statement against abuse by almost 80 arts organisations coincides with the launch of a survey seeking to uncover the extent of sexual harassment in the sector.

Opera company vilified over 'yellowface' production

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06 Oct 2017

Music Theatre Wales has been labelled “tone deaf” for dismissing concerns and insisting its opera set in a pan-Asian restaurant has “no realism”.

My Gurus – Stella Kanu

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05 Oct 2017

Stella Kanu of Ovalhouse reflects on the institutions, lofty ideals and ninja-like women who have shaped and guided her career. 

Wise Children publishes Arts Council funding bid

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25 Aug 2017

Documents linked to its national portfolio application have revealed Emma Rice’s new company was unable to provide required financial information, and was the only South West applicant to hold a ‘mandatory conversation’ with its ACE Area Director.

Proper scrutiny in the arts requires a strengthened ombudsman

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22 Aug 2017

National museums and the Arts Council are protected from scrutiny by barriers to accessing Parliament’s investigative arm. It’s time for change, argues Christy Romer.

Scottish arts sector is “far from a level playing field”

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18 Aug 2017

A country-wide snapshot shows men remain more likely to work in senior roles, and half of BME arts workers feel their ethnicity is a barrier to success.

Calls for Edinburgh Fringe to take action on ‘exploitation’

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17 Aug 2017

MP Tommy Sheppard has echoed calls by a new union-led campaign for fair wages and working conditions at the Fringe festival.

Arts Council warns new NPOs: Improve diversity or no funding

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30 Jun 2017

Ten arts organisations accepted into the national portfolio for 2018-22 have a low diversity rating, which they must improve or provisional funding will not be finalised.

EU nationals essential to creative industries, survey finds

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08 Jun 2017

Research by the Creative Industries Federation suggests almost 75% of creative organisations think restricting immigration would hurt business.

EU calls on the arts to empower and integrate refugees

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26 May 2017

The UK and Poland were the only EU countries that didn’t contribute to a major new report on how arts organisations and policy makers can help migrants.

My Gurus – Jo Verrent

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25 May 2017

Unlimited’s Jo Verrent reflects on who has inspired her passion for equality and diversity, and why she’ll be getting her first tattoo this year.

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