Diversity winner in Arts Council England’s new round of funding

 

ACE has given a boost to theatres and companies, from the Bush to Talawa, that put diversity at the heart of their artistic policies

A greater emphasis on diversity in its many forms is reflected in Arts Council England’s funding decisions for its National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) from 2018 to 2022.

The Bush theatre in west London – doing superb work under Madani Younis in developing BAME artists – gets a 20% increase. Talawa theatre company and the Tricycle theatre in London have had uplifts of 18% and 14% respectively. Hampstead theatre, which has a poor record in terms of producing work by women, disabled artists and black and Asian artists, has had a 14% decrease in funding. The Hampstead decision is not a punishment but rather a reflection of the fact that in the 21st century who you choose to work with, and how you work with them, is part and parcel of artistic policy. Arts organisations can’t continue to work on outdated models and expect to secure funding.

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Source: theguardian theatre blog

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