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Creative Case for Diversity: An Introduction

Diversity and equality are crucial to arts and culture. This online discussion offered an Introduction to Art Council England’s ‘Creative Case for Diversity’.

This masterclass was part of our INTER_CHANGE programme of regular masterclasses. This session explored how arts and cultural organisations, and artists, can enrich the work they do by embracing a wide and representative range of influences and practices.

Launched in 2011 by Arts Council England, The Creative Case for Diversity initiative aimed to engage the arts and culture sector nationwide to reinforce the importance of diversity in art, arts leadership and audiences that accurately reflect the whole of our current society. This means actively growing opportunities for minority and marginalised people. This is a key aim of our work at Absolutely Cultured, and one of our investment principles, because everyone benefits from creative opportunities and our cultural offer being diverse and representative of our communities and neighbours. This is also vital for artists to be able to fully discover, build and live their art and creative practice: without barriers due to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic background.

Guest speakers included:

  • Afreena Islam-Wright Relationship Manager for Diversity for the North of England, Arts Council England
  • Laura Nyahuye Artist, currently working with Belgrade Theatre in Coventry
  • Mike Layward Artistic Director, Dash Arts

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