‘Woeful’ arts diversity progress prompts call for ‘more power and influence’ | DisabledGo News and Blog


Mainstream arts organisations have “a mountain to climb” to ensure they have an acceptable proportion of disabled directors, artists and staff, according to leading disability arts figures. They spoke out after new figures showed a new Arts Council England (ACE) programme to improve diversity in the industry had made little headway in its first year when it came to disability. ACE released figures this week showing the progress made since it launched its Creative Case for Diversity last December. Although there was some improvement in black and minority ethnic (BAME) representation in arts organisations, figures for Deaf and disabled people were “largely static”. Sir Peter Bazalgette, chair of ACE, speaking at an event in Birmingham, said the survey showed there were now “slightly more staff, fractionally fewer managers, and discernibly fewer board members” who identified as disabled. The figures show that, among its national partner organisations (NPOs) – the larger organisations

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