The diversity of this country is one of our great creative resources. We want the work that we support to reflect this and to be alive to the opportunities that diversity offers in terms of new work, new artists, creative collaborations, new audiences and new sources of revenue.

Our definition of diversity encompasses responding to issues around race, ethnicity, faith, disability, age, gender, sexuality, class and economic disadvantage and any social and institutional barriers that prevent people from creating, participating or enjoying the arts. 

Creative Case for Diversity

The Creative Case is a re-imagining of the Arts Council’s approach to diversity and equality, setting out how these areas can and should enrich the arts for artists, audiences and our wider society.

This arts-driven concept of diversity as opportunity represents a shift in perspective, from regarding diversity as a prescriptive aspect of equality legislation to understanding its creative potential and the ways in which it can promote long-term organisational resilience. We call this the Creative Case for Diversity.

Find out more about the Creative Case for Diversity

Our investment: for a diverse arts and culture sector across England 

We have announced details of our 2015-18 investment, including our new National portfolio organisations and Major partner museums. Find out more about what this means for diverse-led organisations across areas of England.

We will invest £6 million of additional Strategic funding in 2015-18 to enhance the diversity of arts and culture in England. We are concerned that the number of diverse led organisations in the National portfolio will reduce from 2015, and this investment will help to address this.

Find out more about how we're investing in diversity across England

New research report: Equality and diversity within the arts and cultural sector in England

We've commissioned a new literature and evidence review into diversity in arts and culture. The report establishes a baseline of data, evidence and research about equality and diversity across the arts and cultural sector. It offers a snapshot of current trends and challenges across four key themes: arts and cultural audiences, arts and cultural participation, workforce, and access to finance.

The research considers the evidence base across each of the groups that are protected by equality legislation. However, the Arts Council is also committed to removing socio-economic and educational barriers, so these have also been considered.

Read the report here, and explore our database of research referenced in the report here.

Explore our other publications and resources here.