Navigating a different world

Chair by the seashore
05 Apr 2017

Autism and dyslexia have long been associated with creativity, but is the arts sector doing enough to support neurodivergent artists? Susan Jones highlights some concerns and opportunities. 

An inconvenient truth

Underground station platform showing words 'mind the gap'
28 Mar 2017

Joe Hallgarten proposes a new solution to the uncomfortable fact that attendance at taxpayer-subsidised arts events remains stubbornly skewed by social class.

Arts Council England to move all funding programmes onto Grantium

Photo of frustration
17 Mar 2017

A planned evaluation of the much-criticised funding portal will not lead to them retiring the system, ACE has confirmed.

Soften lighting to become autism-friendly, galleries advised

Photo of Social Story
09 Mar 2017

Introducing safe spaces for people with sensory issues is key to creating accessible cultural venues, according to a new report.

Power shift

Dawn Walton and Shamser Sinha in rehearsals
21 Feb 2017

A new diversity programme will shift power and resources to where they can be most effective. Dawn Walton explains the thinking behind Eclipse Theatre’s new artist development initiative.

ACE-backed trans theatre company gears up for launch

Photo of Kate O'Donell
10 Feb 2017

Trans Creative aims to become a hub for the transgender community in the North of England, providing creative and employment opportunities.

Sheffield Theatres to drop booking fees

Crucible Theatre
11 Nov 2016

The new Artistic Director has announced a series of inclusive measures, including free tickets for drama and performing arts students in the city.

Dancing with the stars

Photo of girls dancing
10 Nov 2016

Can you teach astrophysics through dance? Academics and dancers in Manchester have been giving it a go. And tackling gender inequalities to boot, says Deb Ashby.

Arts diversity: There is catching up to do

Photo of Spare Tyre
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?

The reluctant mutant

Photo of Inua Ellams peforming
08 Sep 2016

He’s been called Nigerian, Black British and oyinbo, but Inua Ellams just feels normal. He calls for the destruction of ‘othering’ classifications.

Strategy aims to put artists at the heart of society

Man painting
10 Aug 2016

Paying artists fairly is listed in Creative Scotland’s new Arts Strategy among a range of measures to raise the profile of artists and the arts in Scotland.

Arts Council of Wales consults on new approach to diversity

Photo of diverse faces
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.

A capable band of women

Photo of woman setting camera
07 Jul 2016

Astounded by the sexist remarks she received while touring a theatre production with an all-female crew, Sarah Brown tries to make sense of it.

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

Photo of fork in the path in the woods
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.

An unconference for all

Photo of people sitting by lake
02 Jun 2016

Too many cultural conferences borrow their model from the corporate sector, but there is another way, says Adrian Lochhead.

Women on screen

Girl with pictures
02 Jun 2016

After seeing countless talented women have their ambitions thwarted, Amanda Brennan asks what can be done to achieve gender equality in film and TV.

Birmingham’s big problem

Photo of Birmingham town hall
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. 

Cultural policy favours a minority elite, academics tell Committee

Photo of boy breakdancing
06 May 2016

The words ‘great’ and ‘art’ should be taken out of Arts Council England’s strategic framework, a Select Committee has been told.

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