Socio-economic diversity and inclusion in the arts

Today, the Bridge Group launches a toolkit with Jerwood Arts to foster greater social equality in the arts sector. It provides a series of practical steps for employers to help them make the changes required to attract and retain a more socio-economically diverse workforce.

Socio-economic Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts: A Toolkit for Employers is published by Jerwood Arts and the Bridge Group. It draws on the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme’s decade of working with employers and influential research by the Bridge Group on increasing socio-economic diversity in the workplace and fostering inclusive and enabling organisational cultures.

It makes five key recommendations to drive action amongst arts employers: measure and publish information on socio-economic diversity; reflect on use of terms like ‘talent’; create more inclusive work cultures; end unpaid and unadvertised work opportunities; and reform recruitment processes. You can access the toolkit here.

Sarah Dauncey