September 16, 2019

Workshops for employers now open for booking: Increasing Socio-economic Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts

These workshops will each address some of the big challenges facing the sector, identify effective strategies and practice to foster diversity and inclusion, and provide a guide to implementing key recommendations from the Toolkit. Crucially, they will provide a space for employers to talk, network and feel supported in their efforts to drive change.

Recent research has highlighted a ‘class crisis’ in the arts. Individuals from lower socio-economic backgrounds are significantly under-represented among artists, freelancers and employees in arts organisations across the UK. Urgent action is therefore required to develop a more representative sector, in order to produce art that is both outstanding and relevant to diverse audiences.

Who are the workshops for?

The workshops are designed for arts organisations of all types and sizes and at varying levels of progress in addressing socio-economic background as a diversity and equality area. Regardless of whether your organisation is already taking action or has yet to consider socio-economic background, the event will be relevant to help you devise new strategies or refine existing ones.


The workshops will be led by Nik Miller (Chief Executive, Bridge Group) and Kate Danielson (Director, Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries). You will experience a mix of presentations, facilitated discussions, and group problem solving to identify areas of strategic focus for organisations. It will also include an update on a fourth edition of  the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme.

What points will be covered?

The workshops will both explore a set of questions:

  • Why does it matter? What is the evidence and why is change necessary?
  • What challenges does the sector face? What is working well and why?
  • What recommendations would you make for your organisation and for the wider sector?


  • Improved understanding of socio-economic diversity in the arts sector.
  • Familiarity with challenges and operational and strategic solutions.
  • Identification of recommendations for the sector endorsed by a group of experienced practitioners.

Book your place

Nottingham, at Dance4. Tuesday 15 October, 12-3.30pm.

Gateshead, at Sage Gateshead, Monday 4 November 12-3.30pm. 

Lunch will be provided on both days and both workshops are free of charge, but booking is essential via eventbrite above.


Download your free copy of Socio-Economic Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts: A Toolkit for Employers. 


Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2017-19 participants. Image: Tim Dickeson, 2019. Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff