Diversity

Hand drawn iIllustration by Supermundane with lots of intricate lines and patterns

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

Darren Henley is signing the Memorandum of Understanding whilst sat at a table.

Community engagement at heart of new MoU

Creative leadership, global research programmes and community engagement in East London received a boost on Monday (3 April 2017) as the Arts Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Miss Behave dressed in a shiny jumpsuit, with lots of multi-coloured balls and confetti falling around her.

Celebrating LGBT History Month

February was LGBT History Month – 28 days dedicated to raising awareness about equality, promoting the benefits of diversity and helping to overcome prejudice through education.

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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. No Credit Displaying 5. Darren Henley signs the Memorandum of Understanding with Queen Mary University of London. Photo: Gary Schwartz. 6. Oxford Christmas Lights Festival, December 2013. Photo courtesy of Oxford City Council. All rights reserved. 7. No Boundaries 2017. Photo © No Boundaries. 8. Miss Behave's Game Show, part of SHOUT Festival 2016. Photo by 9. Lewis, aged 99. Hat Fair. Image: Joe Low 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