The Creative Case for Diversity

Dec 7, 2015

This morning Arts Council England have been discussing progress on the first year of their Diversity and the Creative Case strand of work. As part of this, they have published statistics showing the composition of workforce in a number of their most significant organisations. Full details of the statistics can be found here.

For Rich Mix, as an organisation which has had a long-standing commitment to diversity as a core part of our mission it was a great joy to see that in terms of the diversity of our workforce, we are making good progress when compared to our peers.  The ACE figures show that the total number of BAME staff averages out at 13.7% for NPOS whereas Rich Mix figures show almost 42%.

We are also delighted to see the increase in successful Grants for the Arts bids from artists from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Over half of our programming is by BAME artists and we know how much the support of ACE has meant in giving them access to tools and resources to develop their practice further.

We are still very conscious of the need to do even more to attract people from diverse backgrounds to come to work in our organisation. And we are grateful that we have an extremely diverse Board. Their contribution has been invaluable in supporting our thinking about programming, employment and community outreach.

And as an aside it’s also good to see that our partners in the Future Arts Centres network are also leading the way in the diversity discussions and practice.

Jane Earl, Chief Executive