The Creative Case for Diversity sets out how diversity and equality can enrich the arts for artists, audiences and our wider society. What does this mean for you or your organisation? Our essays, studies and opinion pieces attempt to open the debate.
In a publication launched with this website at the Creative Case conference in Manchester on 12 September 2011 Hassan Mahamdallie sets out the Arts Council's Creative Case for Diversity.
Tony Panayiotou's Key Note address from the Creative Case Symposium held on 12th September 2011, Manchester
An interview with Hassan Mahamdallie, Senior Diversity Strategy Officer, Arts Council England by Lynne Blackwood.
Brian Lobel talks to Amy Zamarripa Solis about his artistic career and how the Creative Case informs his work.
James Lake talks to Amy Riley about his artistic career: Gold Run, mentoring from Turner Prize-nominated artist Richard Wilson and how the Creative Case informs his work.
State of the Arts, the national conference for the arts and culture sector, was hosted by the Arts Council on 14 February 2012 at The Lowry, Salford. Produced in conjunction with the BBC, Salford City Council, Manchester City Council and the British Council, the focus of this years' conference was on the artist's role in contributing to a changing society. In his closing speech titled 'Looking back, moving forwards' David Edgar, playwright and president of the Writers' Guild places some key policy debates within the arts in context, discussing issues of paternalism versus participation, populism, excellence and access.
Over the last decade, deaf writers and performers have been making their mark on radio, TV, stage and film, delighting audiences and challenging misconceptions, says Sarah Pickthall.
From networked computers, the world wide web, Internet platforms such as blogging, YouTube, Second Life, and social software, through mobile phones, digital television and entertainment, digital technologies are at the centre of the dynamics of contemporary culture. Disability is a pivotal part of this digital life, playing an important role in the user-powered creative innovation coming out of digital cultures, resulting in innovations that can be used by all. Jo Verrent considers the work of artists such as Ju Gosling, Simon McKeown and Merce Cunningham as well as finding out where on Grand Theft Auto you can steal a wheelchair…
When disabled artists stretch boundaries using their bodies as artistic tools, the Live Art Movement becomes reinvigorated… Jo Verrent explores
A handful of disabled theatre practitioners today are filling the empty space with powerful impressions and insights beyond the stereotypical idea of what having a sensory impairment implies, creating new theatre happenings and environments for us all to explore and wonder at. Sarah Pickthall explores
Sarah Pickthall considers the work of Pina Bausch, Alain Platel and Merce Cunningham – their rejection of the notion of the perfect body and their celebration of what the body does naturally and involuntarily. In breaking the conventions and confines of classical dance technique they have challenged what a dancer’s body should be like and have paved the way for a whole new set of steps and suggestions.
Elisabetta Marino, lecturer from the University of Rome Tor Vergata interviews artist, writer and filmmaker Sanchita Islam about her life and work with marginalised communities. (This article has been published in the January 2012 issue of the International Journal on Multicultural Literature)
From the Cheltenham Literature Festival in 1998 to recent Lyric Lounge events, James Urquhart - Relationship Manager Literature, ACE East Midlands - gives an account of the Creative Case at work.
Chuck Close is a leading figure in the photorealism movement, creating huge portraits of himself, his friends and his family. He became a wheelchair user in the late 1980’s, radically developing his artistic techniques alongside, but as Jo Verrent explores, his connection to disability started much earlier than that…
A number of artists are now expounding rather than exploiting the differences that disability and impairment can offer, encouraging all of us to view beauty differently and to revel in the fact that we are, after all, astonishing. Jo Verrent explores
The classical music sector has changed in response to the way Evelyn Glennie hears sound; opening the eyes and ears of others to just what music might be and just who can be a musician. Goldie, a drum ‘n bass DJ, has utilized innovative composition techniques inspired by his dyslexia that are also making waves. Jo Verrent explores…
Inclusive practice appears to act as a catalyst, enabling us to stretch and develop what it is we already know and do, but at a deeper level of engagement, one that is more awake and aware. Jo Verrent considers the innovative work being delivered within Scottish Dance Theatre and its impact on the dance sector and beyond.
Some artists can cause us reframe our view of the world. Both through the art itself, the processes used to create work and the ways in which these ripple out into the world, in some contexts the experience of disability can serve to help people see what is really there. Jo Verrent explores….
Bobby Baker has always explored the intricacies and complexities of our daily lives, but when she made public 158 of her 711 daily watercolours in a breathtaking exhibition at the Wellcome Collecition, 'Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me' (1997-2008) she spoke more personally and publicly than ever before. The book of the exhibition won the Mind Book of the Year, 2011, chosen from more than 100 entries as the year's greatest literary contribution to increasing understanding of mental health issues. Sarah Pickthall explores her unique artistic approach.
Hassan Mahamdallie, Senior Strategy Officer Arts Council England on the Creative Case for Diversity and new approaches to diversity and equality in the arts.
Art Brut has been a well-established movement in the arts since the first exhibition of 'Raw Art' curated by Jean Dubuffet in 1948. But what about extending the idea of 'Raw Art' to 'Raw Poetry'? Can be there a 'Poesie Brut'? John O'Donoghue explores...
In the second of his essays on Poesie Brut John O'Donoghue poses the question: "Spike Milligan is well-known as a writer of children's verse. But should he also be seen as a serious poet?"
Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh Artistic Director of Zendeh theatre company, sets out some initial findings from a new international research project on gender equality and the arts.
Sandie Bourne explores the observation that there are very few Black British dancers in UK ballet companies and that these dancers are largely unknown by the general public.
Sara Sanderson Relationship Manager Diversity in Arts Practice, Arts Council, East Midlands
In Autumn 2011 Farnham Maltings produced For One Night Only, a funny, touching play full of song and the odd smart one liner, made especially for village halls. Director, Gavin Stride talks about the value of touring a show with a cast of two black performers to village halls in deepest, whitest England.
Hassan Mahamdallie's speech for the Creative Case Symposium on 12 September 2011, Manchester
Disability has long been a subject matter for comedy – just think back to the history of ‘the fool’, and the laughing at inmates in Bedlam – but, says Jo Verrent - disabled artists are helping all of us explore just what’s funny and what isn’t.
Can creative use of access for disabled audiences become part of the mainstream theatre aesthetic? Jo Verrent explores…
The Poetry Parnassus ran at the Southbank Centre, London in June 2012. In the poetic whirl, Nicole Fordham Hodges joined Saradha Soobrayen, who represented Mauritius, for a conversation about poetry.
Catherine Long’s artistic practice explores objectification, absence and presence, restriction and freedom, embodiment and symmetry. She intervenes into audience/performer relationships drawing attention to the role of spectatorship in identity construction.
Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899 – 1976) was a Bengali polymath, poet, writer, musician and revolutionary. Debjani Chatterjee, author of Kazi Nazrul Islam Bilingual Poem Posters, published by Survivors' Poetry, London. Review by Rashida Islam