Democratising the arts

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21 Apr 2016

70 years after public money was first put towards increasing the accessibility of the arts, Steven Hadley asks if it’s a never-ending task.

Cultural inequalities

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21 Apr 2016

We accept income as a strong predictor of cultural taste. But why should this be, asks sociologist Aaron Reeves. And does taste matter as much as actual participation? 

We need to do better

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30 Mar 2016

Angered about how few young people with learning disabilities are involved in the arts, Richard Hayhow urges the sector to open its eyes to the talent and creativity out there.

Research to examine barriers facing disabled arts employees

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22 Jan 2016

The causes of under-representation of disabled people in the arts and cultural sector workforce will be examined by a research project hoping to achieve greater access to opportunities.

First impressions

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29 Oct 2015

Might you be guilty of unconscious bias when recruiting? Eleanor Deem discusses what it is and how to avoid it.

Arts salary survey reveals stark gender pay gap

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22 Oct 2015

Full-time working women earn less than men doing the same level of work at all stages in their careers, with the gap at senior levels having grown since 2006.

Graduates need not apply

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22 Sep 2015

Recent arts graduate Gemma Whitham assesses the prospects for those, like her, seeking employment in the arts. 

UK’s live production industry sets sustainability goals

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11 Sep 2015

The Sustainability in Production Alliance has outlined ten social, environmental and economic sustainability goals for the UK’s live production sector to achieve within the next ten years.

Poorer children more likely to reject the performing arts, report finds

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06 Aug 2015

The proportion of students studying drama, music and dance is consistently lower for children from backgrounds of high deprivation than their more well off peers, according to new figures.

Report calls for more research into cultural value and inequality

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10 Jul 2015

The campaign to boost diversity in the arts is being held back by a lack of research and accurate data, according to a literature review.

Where are the women?

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09 Jul 2015

It’s time to face the truth: our cultural landscape is ‘man-made’. And the course of history won’t be corrected by women alone, says Jude Kelly.

Being brave

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09 Jul 2015

The evidence suggests that a diverse workforce will bring a diverse audience. So it’s time for the arts to be bold and lead the diversity charge, says Sam Colt.

Thriving in an unequal world

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09 Jul 2015

Being a young, female leader in the arts is a novelty - one Isobel Colchester has come to realise she must explore and celebrate, if she is to help challenge gender inequalities.

Wales delivers on equality with access card scheme

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27 Mar 2015

Arts venues in Wales have joined forces to implement a new national scheme that aims to provide more consistent and reliable arts experiences for disabled people.

Knocking down the barriers

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12 Mar 2015

The Scottish Government’s youth arts strategy aims to increase engagement in the arts as well as tackle inequality. Fiona Hyslop outlines how it has evolved.

Mental health in the workplace

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02 Feb 2015

As mental illness contributes significantly to the number of lost working days, Eleanor Deem advises employers to take a proactive approach when dealing with mental health issues.

Northern Ireland prioritises access

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06 Nov 2014

The Arts Council’s new five-year strategy makes a commitment to promoting equality and tackling poverty and social exclusion, while strengthening the sector to withstand funding cuts.

Slow progress on widening diversity

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25 Sep 2014

Report finds that many arts organisations lack the expertise or resources needed to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

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