Inclusivity is about identifying who is under-represented or excluded and which communities are under-served, and taking action to address this.
Inclusivity & Audiences Day has taken place annually since 2018. The first theme was ‘Setting the Tone’. The next Inclusivity & Audiences Day looked at ‘Smashing Systems & Building Blocks’. ‘Unapologetic Agents of Change’ was our third Inclusivity & Audiences Day.
It gave me a proverbial kick up the backside and I’m going work with partners to make diversity visible in my sectorJan Ford, Senior Creative Producer, Orchestras Live
The content of Inclusivity & Audiences Day covers a range of topics suitable for a range of levels.
Around a third of delegates are in senior roles (e.g. “Head of” and above), with 40% in mid-level (Manager) roles, and the remainder are more junior positions.
The number of delegates ranges from 80-90 people for the on-location event, and in 2020, when the event ran online, around 300 people participated across the day.
It’s made me think a lot about my own personal echo chamber and looking for more places of information and influence. It’s also made me think about applying action to changing some of our practice at workSheryl McGregor, Head of Communications, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
Inclusivity & Audiences Day combines provocations, plenary sessions, and breakout groups.
Each Day brings together a range of views and perspectives, aiming to challenge, provoke and encourage new ways of thinking and reflection.
The aim is to help participants think differently about what currently do, and what they could be doing. Participants are encouraged to take a personal responsibility for making change, whatever their level.
Actions that participants planned to implement as a result of Inclusivity & Audiences Day include:
Thinking about the spiral model and how community engagement work feeds back into artistic planning. I am looking at doing an audience development project with a consultant this year, and making sure programming and education teams are fully engaged in that so that engagement and audience development projects are integrated with each other and with the artistic programmmeAndy Boreham, Head of Marketing, Bristol Music Trust
Helping develop the diversity representation on our board. Changing ways that we can rethink how we talk about the work we do with our local community. Rewriting key parts of our website and also sharing with my company the wider language of diversity. Making sure that our diversity practices and communications are authentic – a challenge in a small organisation.Tom Warman, Marketing & Comms Director, Walk the Plank
Talking at a strategic/management level about how we co-programme with community and discussing what might need to change to effect this changeSusie Biller, Head of Communications, Kettle’s Yard
Recent speakers at Inclusivity & Audiences Day include
Becky Dann is a Marketing Officer currently working for Candoco Dance Company, an inclusive dance company of both disabled and non-disabled dancers.
Errol was appointed CEO of Culture& in 2016 and was formerly programme manager at Arts Council England Inspire Curatorial Fellowship programme and Head of Arts at the Mental Health Foundation.
Rachel is an artist, engagement-strategist, producer, facilitator, and yogi. At present, Rachel’s a producer of the JUBILEE, a yearlong, national theatre festival (2020/2021) in the U.S. that celebrates and supports work generated by artists of color, Native American and Indigenous and First Nations artists, women, non-binary and gender non-conforming artists, LGBTQIA2+ artists, Deaf artists, and artists with disabilities.
As Director of Open Theatre Richard set up The Shysters, a company of actors with learning disabilities and through the development of a unique nonverbal physical theatre practice and gained a national reputation for the ground-breaking quality of its performance work.
Aliya is a British writer and yoga facilitator with ancestral connections to Uganda and Pakistan. She is passionate about skilful, response-able communication and has worked in journalism, human rights, mental health, academia and environmental science.
Bess is the founder of Synatel Ltd, a Web Design and Digital Content Marketing Agency which services UK brands.
Jade is an Historian, Archivist, Thought Leader, professor of History at Metropolitan Community College, UNO, and Iowa Western Community College in History, and the Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of The House Of Afros, Capes & Curls.
Ammo is CEO of Punch Records. He started life selling vinyl at his specialist record shop, which became a local hub for DJs and artists. His leadership and vision built the company into an award-winning music agency.