The Creative Case is a re-positioning of the Arts Council's approach to diversity and equality, forming an integral part of our 10-year vision of Achieving great art for everyone.

The Creative Case was launched on Monday 12 September 2011 at the Creative Case symposium.

This event aimed to:

  • present the Creative Case as an integral part of the Arts Council's vision
  • outline an inclusive definition of diversity
  • provide practical advice on how to encourage excellence and resilience through equality practice
  • break down diversity barriers within organisations
  • provide an open forum for discussion, networking and collaboration
  • deliver practical advice on equality in practice alongside the 2010 Equality Act
  • examine contemporary models of best practice in equality and how diversity has led to cultural innovation


The Symposium started with an introduction to the Creative Case from Alan Davey, Chief Executive and Tony Panayiotou, Director of Diversity from the Arts Council. Keynote speakers included: Alistair Spalding, Chief Executive and Artistic Director at Sadler's Wells; Deborah Shaw, Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company; and Sue Caro, Head of Diversity at the BBC.

The event finished with the world premiere of Firebird, a new commission from leading jazz organisation Tomorrow's Warriors, performed by the Nu Civilisation Orchestra.