Diversity

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Diversity is one of the most important issues of our age. We live in a remarkably diverse society, and how we evolve and face the challenges of the future will depend on how we can use the creative resources that diversity gifts us.  Watch our short films below about the Creative Case and our plans for diversity.

Power Through Diversity: event and report

Watch the films from our latest diversity event, Power Through Diversity hosted by Contact Manchester in December 2016; download our new 2015/16 diversity report; read our Chief Executive Darren Henley's keynote speech.  

Defining ‘diverse-led’ organisations: a consultation

In the past we haven't always been able to recognise and celebrate the amazing diverse work across all our funding organisations and their audiences due to the way we define ‘diverse-led’ organisations. So we made a commitment to review our definitions and run a consultation to look at ways we can improve and enhance our approach to capture the contribution of diverse leaders and organisations. Read more about the consultation.

Learn more about our approach to diversity

Latest news, blog posts and case studies

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Awkward Bastards is back

Disability arts organisation DASH are pushing the conversation around inclusivity and invisibility forward at their latest Awkward Bastards event.

A large group of people sat on the ground or in deck chairs in front of the bandstand on the beach. The sea is in the background and a few clouds sit in the blue sky

To the beach

This new network of local authorities and cultural organisations is helping to take great art and culture to people living in coastal communities around England.

Two masked actors holding a baby sit on the floor eating a picnic.

Sharing joy

For people living with Dementia, daily life can become increasingly isolated. But we believe everyone should have the chance to benefit from the joy art and culture can bring which is why we’re supporting Vamos Theatre’s latest tour.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Alan French and cast members in Hot Stuff at Oldham Coliseum Theatre. Photo © Joel C Fildes / Oldham Coliseum Theatre 2. ILL Abilities, Breakin Outwards tour. Breakin Convention,Photo © Belinda Lawley. 3. Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Hackney Empire's production of Rudy's Rare Records. Photo © Robert Day for Birmingham Repertory Theatre. 4. The Value of Touch. Wendy Daws. Photo: Gary Weston. 5. Portraits Untold. Photo © Matthew Fessey 6. Aldeburgh Festival Bandstand on the Beach. © Aldeburgh Festival 7. The company of Anything Goes, Sheffield Theatres. Image © Johan Persson. 8. Marie Marriot, EMCCAN Regional Queen Winner 2016. Costume designed by Lincoln Rahmut. Photo © Black Tomcat Photography. 9. Finding Joy by Vamos Theatre. Image © Graeme Braidwood. 10. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 11. The Bristol Whales, Bristol Green Capital 2015. Photo © Paul Box. 12. Jeremy Bailey, Master Slave Invigilator. Photo © Chris Foster / Abandon Normal Devices. 13. Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender 14. Atmosphere by Edmund de Waal at Turner Contemporary. Photo © Benjamin Beker. 15. Artificial Things by Stopgap Dance Company © Photo Chris Parkes