Head to head: can a toolkit solve the sector’s class problem?

14 Nov 2019

This year Jerwood Arts published a toolkit for cultural organisations, designed to encourage greater socio-economic diversity in the arts. Julie Lomax, Chief Executive of a-n The Artists Information Company, sees it as a starting point for helping solve the sector’s ‘class crisis’ – but arts consultant Chrissie Tiller isn’t so sure.

Job Ladder – Moya Maxwell

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30 May 2019

Moya Maxwell looks back on a career that has taken her from managing live events to running Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.

Warning over misuse of creative apprenticeships

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10 Jan 2020

Using apprenticeships to take on graduates employers would hire anyway is putting diversity at risk, an expert has cautioned.

My Gurus: ‘it is always about the work’

09 Jan 2020

Jimmy Fairhurst, Artistic Director of Not Too Tame, talks about the eclectic mix of people who have inspired his career as a working-class artist. 

A collective voice for freelancers

02 Jan 2020

Some organisations and funders do not see freelancers as an intrinsic part of the sector. The Museum Freelance network is advocating to make sure their contribution is recognised and valued, says Christina Lister.

ACE treads carefully with ‘intrusive’ new social class metric

17 Dec 2019

Arts Council England will begin collecting data on the socio-economic background of its NPO workforce next year, but will need to overcome perceptions that doing so is “alien, intimate and intrusive”.

'Together we can share the load': How freelancers and arts organisations can work together

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12 Dec 2019

Freelancers have a lot to offer arts organisations – and a lot to learn from them too. Carla Kingham considers what is needed for this relationship to work.

The moral case for making money

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12 Dec 2019

Patrick Towell explains why underpaying or under-employing workers can never be in an organisation’s long-term interests and suggests how you can start thinking more sustainably about the big picture – for everyone’s benefit.

Classical music must face up to abuse

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06 Dec 2019

Harassment will continue until institutions are willing to take difficult decisions, says Jonathan Knott.

Libraries threatened by incorporation into leisure facilities

06 Dec 2019

As library workers in Bromley enter their sixth consecutive month of strike action, their union has taken aim at the company it claims will catalyse the erosion of services across the UK.

Diversity and inclusion: why are we still talking about it?

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28 Nov 2019

A reluctance to self-reflect and a tendency to recruit in our own image are at the root of the sector’s failure to employ a workforce that reflects the wider working population, says Sara Whybrew.

A welcoming space for affordable training

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14 Nov 2019

The lack of affordable skills-based training and opportunities to learn from others makes it much harder for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop their careers in the arts. Simina Neagu and Valentina Bin took action to fill the gap.

Second senior Southbank creative lead departs

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08 Nov 2019

Head of Programming Tamsin Ace will leave the venue in December, as will Creative Director Madani Younis. Southbank has not confirmed whether it will replace Ace's role.

How to influence inclusivity 

31 Oct 2019

By defining what inclusivity means for you and empowering all staff to make suggestions or raise concerns, you can identify where your work and your organisation are falling short, says Amy Firth.

Exit interview: Things I’ve learned about the cultural sector

31 Oct 2019

As she steps down as Editor of the cultural policy journal Cultural Trends, Sara Selwood takes a long hard look at the way the sector has developed – and tells it like it is.

Is diverse leadership really welcome in the arts?

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25 Oct 2019

Madani Younis' exit from Southbank Centre exposes uncomfortable truths about the arts sector's attitude to workforce diversity, says Amanda Parker.

Younis leaves Southbank Centre after less than a year

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25 Oct 2019

The venue’s Creative Director has been outspoken on diversity in the sector, warning of the risk of “cultural apartheid”.

The crisis in arts fundraising talent

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24 Oct 2019

Arts organisations must change their workplace cultures so that young people see the profession as a rewarding long-term job, says Michelle Wright.

Future workforce, are you out there?

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17 Oct 2019

Sara Whybrew explains how employers across the creative industries are making sure there’s a new generation of skilled workers heading their way.

The big question: How can the sector better support neurodiversity?

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10 Oct 2019

ArtsProfessional asked people working at the intersection of arts and neurodiversity what changes are needed.

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