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Diversity and the Creative Case, from Arts Council England

On Monday 8 December 2014, the Chair of Arts Council England, Sir Peter Bazalgette, gave a momentous speech during an event at Sadler's Wells signalling a ‘fundamental shift’ in the Arts Council’s approach to diversity, placing responsibility on every funded organisation to make their programme of work more reflective of the communities they serve. 

During the speech, which he described as one of the most important he has given as Chair, Sir Peter said that the starting point must be the art itself: ‘Britain’s got many, many talents. And our work should reflect and engage with all our talent and communities. That’s how we will ensure work of true ambition and enduring quality’.

The speech marks the adoption of the Arts Council’s Creative Case for Diversity; an approach that sees the creative potential of diversity and equality as an opportunity to enrich the arts for artists, audiences and our wider society.

Read or download the speech in full: PDFWord

The event also featured a lively debate chaired by BBC Radio 4’s frontrow host Kirsty Lang, featuring a diverse panel from across the arts and culture sector including:

  • Dawn Walton, Artistic Director - Eclipse Theatre Company
  • Tamara Rojo, artistic director of the English National Ballet
  • Skinder Hundal, Chief Executive - New Art Exchange
  • Maria Oshodi, Artistic Director and CEO – Extant
  • Rufus Norris, Director Designate, National Theatre

To read more and view the videos, visit the Arts Council website.  Join the debate by tweeting @ace_national #creativecase

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