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In this publication the Arts Council sets out and invites the arts sector to engage with a new and different approach to diversity and equality in the arts which we are calling the Creative Case.
This is a repositioning of the Arts Council’s previous work where, due to statutory requirements and legal duties, we did separate strands of work on race, disability and gender equality and where the focus was on addressing past imbalances, reducing deficits and structural gaps in the arts sector.
These factors are still present and there are still barriers to creativity, participation, learning and involvement – with the consequent brake on the fullest development of the arts and creative industries in this country. The Arts Council is as committed as ever to removing those attitudinal, hierarchical and class barriers that still exist.
The Creative Case does not deny the worth of previous work - the moral, legal, ethical and business cases - but advocates there is a clearer, simpler and more potent position to articulate for greater diversity and equality in the arts – they are crucial to the arts by sustaining, refreshing, replenishing and releasing the true potential of England’s artistic talent regardless of people’s background.