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.

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Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford

Creative Case for Diversity

Diversity speech – One Year On

Creative Case for Diversity

Diversity speech – One Year On

On the 8 December 2014 we delivered a landmark speech at our first national Creative Case for Diversity event. During the event we committed our organisation and fundees to a fundamental shift in our approach to diversity. We did this by making our funding organisations accountable for promoting and developing diversity throughout their work across leadership, workforce, programming and audiences. We also made a commitment to measure the progress we make by collecting more data about equality and diversity and reporting on it annually.

This is one of the most important speeches I’ll make as Chair of Arts Council England. Today I’m committing the organisation – which belongs to all of us – to a fundamental shift in its approach to diversity.  Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council

One year on, in December 2015, we held an anniversary event in Birmingham to reflect and celebrate what we've achieved so far and to discuss the opportunities and challenges we all face in embedding and sustaining the Creative Case for Diversity in the future. You can watch the opening speech from our Chair, Sir Peter Bazalgette, in the film above. You can also download the speech, watch the lively panel debates and join the conversation at #CreativeCase.

During the event we also discussed the power of data to measure the progress we are making in delivering the Creative Case and to support our work in making the case for public funding. 

We know that in advancing a social agenda, it’s deeds, not words that count. We need to show progress, in defined and specific ways. We need data. Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council

As part of this commitment we've published our first annual data report on diversity, equality and the Creative Case. You can read the report below and find out more about our new approach to equality and diversity data.

We also announced four new strategic funding programmes to support our investment in diversity opening in early 2016.

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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. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford 3. Sonia Sabri of Sonia Sabri Company. Photo © Simon Richardson / Sonia Sabri Company 4. Manchester Day produced by Walk the Plank. Photo © Mark Waugh 5. Stopgap Dance Company: Artificial Things. Photo © Chris Parkes 6. Atmosphere by Edmund de Waal at Turner Contemporary. Photo © Benjamin Beker. 7. Cherophobia by Noëmi Lakmaier. Photo © Unlimited 8. Cherophobia by Noëmi Lakmaier. Photo © Unlimited 9. Hull Truck, Dancing Through the Shadows. Photo © Andrew Billington. 10. Tony Heaton, CEO of Shape Arts © Andy Barker 11. Chris Hopkins, a Black Sabbath Fan. Image © Capsule / Katja Ogrin. 12. The new Design Museum © Gravity Road 13. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 14. The Bristol Whales, Bristol Green Capital 2015. Photo © Paul Box. 15. Jeremy Bailey, Master Slave Invigilator. Photo © Chris Foster / Abandon Normal Devices. 16. Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender 17. Atmosphere by Edmund de Waal at Turner Contemporary. Photo © Benjamin Beker. 18. Artificial Things by Stopgap Dance Company © Photo Chris Parkes