Diversity

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Our mission is great art and culture for everyone - we can only achieve this if we make a commitment to promoting and embedding diversity throughout the work we fund and support. We call this the 'Creative Case for Diversity'.

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Diversity and equality are crucial to the arts because they sustain, refresh, replenish and release the true potential of our artistic talent – from every background. England's diverse nature offers unique opportunities for artistic collaborations and innovation.

Since 2011 Arts Council England has been working with the arts and culture sector to develop an arts-centred approach to embracing diversity. The Creative Case for Diversity is a way of exploring how organisations and artists can enrich the work they do by embracing a wide range of diverse influences and practices. We believe that embracing the Creative Case will also help organisations address other challenges and opportunities in audience development, public engagement, workforce and leadership.

Our funded organisations are expected to show how they contribute to the Creative Case for Diversity through the work they produce and present.

Learn more about our approach to diversity

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Hackney Empire's production of Rudy's Rare Records. Photo © Robert Day for Birmingham Repertory Theatre. 2. Sonia Sabri of Sonia Sabri Company. Photo © Simon Richardson / Sonia Sabri Company 3. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford 4. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford. 5. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 6. The Bristol Whales, Bristol Green Capital 2015. Photo © Paul Box. 7. Jeremy Bailey, Master Slave Invigilator. Photo © Chris Foster / Abandon Normal Devices. 8. Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender 9. Atmosphere by Edmund de Waal at Turner Contemporary. Photo © Benjamin Beker. 10. Artificial Things by Stopgap Dance Company © Photo Chris Parkes