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

Tamsin Ace
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

Madani Younis
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 debate: 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.

Fast decline in creative apprenticeships 

04 Oct 2019

New figures from the Department for Education show the number of arts, media and publishing apprentices has fallen by a third since 2015 – but the data doesn’t tell the full story.

Bradford cultural workers to strike

01 Oct 2019

Library and museum staff planning 14 days of industrial action hope it will be "a wake-up call for the council to come to the table for constructive negotiations".

Job ladder: John Laidlaw

A Live & Local performance
23 Sep 2019

The Executive Director of Live & Local recalls a career trajectory that has taken him through Butlins, an old bingo venue and many, many village halls.

10 tips for making collaborative leadership work

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12 Sep 2019

An approach that prioritises trust, values and flexibility has helped museums in Cornwall share knowledge and expertise across a dispersed rural network, writes Emmie Kell.

Why we're taking action on mental health

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12 Sep 2019

A new collective is enabling the sector to share insights and ideas to support better mental health and wellbeing, writes Laura Edralin.

Five non-graduate routes into creative work

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05 Sep 2019

A recent report highlighted the barriers facing young people entering the sector – but there’s no need to give up on your dreams, says Tor Evans.

Four in ten organisations pay front of house less than Living Wage, survey finds

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03 Sep 2019

More than half of cultural organisations surveyed anticipate challenges meeting staff costs in the coming 12 months, and a similar proportion rely daily on volunteers.

Strike begins at Science Museum Group

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30 Aug 2019

The Prospect union says staff have experienced a 13% real terms pay cut since 2010.

ACE awards £7m to develop arts leadership

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30 Aug 2019

The 18 successful bids include projects working with potential leaders from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and those with learning disabilities.

Is it time to reimagine the trustee board bank?

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29 Aug 2019

If arts organisations are serious about developing their boards, they need to think hard about how they recruit and support new trustees, says Michelle Wright.

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