What do we mean by a systemic conversation?

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20 Jul 2021

Building on Culture Reset, Richard Watts shares a range of new initiatives aimed at supporting the cultural sector to change and develop to meet the urgent demands for inclusion, improved governance and more dispersed models of leadership.

Free to speak? Not if you work in the arts

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20 Feb 2020

As ArtsProfessional unveils the explosive findings from its recent Freedom of Expression survey, Liz Hill examines the soul of a sector that believes it is owed artistic freedom but doesn’t tolerate freedom of speech within its own ranks.

Masking for a friend

09 Jul 2021

Arts venues might lose out by mandating masks and other Covid-19 mitigations but it's the only socially responsible option.

Barbican Centre workers call for change to 'inherently racist' management

24 Jun 2021

Sir Nicholas Kenyon has resigned as Managing Director two weeks after current and former staff went public about their experiences.

Arts company says 'art should be a safe space for debate' amid transphobia row

24 Jun 2021

Artichoke says it will keep Jess de Wahls' contribution to exhibition which provides a platform for "all women, trans and non-binary people": "We do not believe in cancel culture"

ArtsEd launches investigation amid wave of sexual misconduct claims

10 Jun 2021

The conservatoire is the fourth in two weeks to face allegations of historic staff misconduct. What's driving the rise in disclosure?

Time's up for conservatoire culture

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09 Jun 2021

Drama schools would do well to interrogate their practices and culture now before the calls for reform begin.

'Black square' arts organisations follow through on diversity vows

04 Jun 2021

Many of the UK's highest-funded arts organisations promised change after George Floyd's death. While governance and programming has evolved, change in the ethnic diversity of their workforces is slow.

Initiatives to unlock an anti-racist arts sector

Sour Lemons' leadership team Sade Banks, left, Titiola Dawudu, centre, and Shoomi Chowdhury, on the right
23 Apr 2021

Two new programmes aim to move organisations beyond the statements of solidarity expressed last summer through distinct but complementary approaches.

Southbank Sinfonia merges with St John's Smith Square

07 Apr 2021

The partnership will afford more stability to both organisations as they aim to create "one of the most accessible and creative venues in the country".

Trafalgar Entertainment acquires HQ Theatres

31 Mar 2021

Sir Howard Panter and Dame Rosemary Squire look set to repeat the commercial theatre growth model they perfected as founders of the Ambassador Theatre Group. 

Women hire more balanced casts than men, study finds

11 Mar 2021

New reports highlight gender gaps in theatre and music as UNESCO warns the pandemic will be watershed for equality - one way or the other.

Theatre’s power lies in its people

Liam Evans Ford
24 Feb 2021

For Liam Ford Evans, a career in theatre has highlighted what matters most: energy, experience and everyone else.

The show must go on

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26 Jan 2021

Staging a Christmas show was a challenge that tested everyone’s limits. Joanna Read reflects on the year, from Covid to Christmas and beyond.

Keep calm and clarify

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19 Jan 2021

Rowan Kerek Robertson offers practical advice on protecting yourself and your organisation from online abuse – and what to do when the worst happens.

The path to digital competence

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08 Dec 2020

If 2020 has given us anything, it’s a recognition that arts organisations need to engage with technology – and that they’re stronger for having it, writes Chris Unitt.

Royal Academy of Music students 'feared speaking out' about sexual harassment

24 Nov 2020

A review highlighting shoddy employment practices and a lack of pastoral support doesn't go far enough to change the conservatoire's culture, critics say.

Rejected funding applicants seek the public's support

29 Oct 2020

Crowdfunding campaigns are sustaining those who missed out on a Cultural Recovery Fund grant - and some who were successful.

North East cultural workers call out discrimination

13 Oct 2020

Venues in the region - many of them funded by Arts Council England - are suffering from "dysfunctional attitudes and practices," workers say.

High Court ruling opens door to business interruption claims

01 Oct 2020

Arts organisations forced to close due to Covid-19 may now be covered by their insurance. As always, the devil is in the detail.

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