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Employers socio- econ diversity workshop - FREE, 4 Nov, Jerwood Arts

  • North East
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  • Sarah Gibbon


Following-on from the publication of Socio-Economic Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts: A Toolkit for Employers in July, Jerwood Arts and the Bridge Group are collaborating to deliver a free, practical afternoon workshop for employers.

The workshop is the second of two held to 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, it 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 is the workshop for?

The workshops is 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 workshop will be led by Nik Miller (Chief Executive, Bridge Group) and Kate Danielson (Director, Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries). 

The workshop will 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.

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