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Improving the sector

To help make the arts and humanities more equitable we’ve compiled a list of useful organisations and campaigns for you.

This list of organisations is for people working in the creative and cultural industries to refer to when looking for help, advice, training, research or community support.

This is a living resource, our team will be updating it whenever we find good links, so please do get in touch if there’s someone we’ve missed off and we’ll add them too.

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Unions

The Trade Union Congress has a great directory of all the registered unions in the UK. You can search by profession to see all your options, and look up their organisational details too.

Training & Resources

Inc Arts champions the rights of the UK’s Black, Asian and minority ethnic arts and culture workforce, and provides anti-racism and inclusion advocacy resources.

Jerwood Arts has a toolkit on socioeconomic diversity and inclusion in the arts, produced in collaboration with the Bridge Group, designed for employers.

Clore Social Leadership has a range of courses, workshops, self-guided development programmes and more to help you develop leadership skills with the goal of driving social change.

The Cultural Governance Alliance has a toolkit and knowledge library for Trustees and staff who work with boards to ensure best practice and effective organisation governance.

More than just a source for the latest industry drama, The White Pube also has a library of successful funding applications to help people get ideas off the ground.

If you work for or with a charity, the Foundation for Social Improvement has a whole hoard of free courses, consultation services, training, resources, and more to help small charities be more effective and accountable.

Gendered Intelligence is on hand with training to ensure your organisation is safe, welcoming to and supportive of the needs of transgender people.

The organisation and network Migrants in Culture has research and resources to help you create the conditions of safety, agency and solidarity for migrants in the UK creative industries.

The Other Box provides courses on allyship, unconscious bias, and inclusive language as well as emotional intelligence and contemporary diversity.

This simple worksheet can help you understand the difference between calling out unacceptable behaviour and calling a person ‘in’ for a teachable moment, when to do both/either, and how to go about it.

Networking

Work in a museum and identify as a person of colour? Museum Detox provides a supportive network to help its members, and promote equity in the sector along with a great blog.

Museum as Muck does comparable work but for and with people from working class backgrounds - this network also has its own resource page and provides consultation for organisations.

Want to start local? What Next? Is a free to access, chapter-based movement meeting regularly to discuss and shape the state of culture in our communities. You can find your local chapter, start your own, or access their resources and projects.

Find people and work with the Working Class Creatives Database - you can join up as a member to share your own work or search for someone to help with your next project.

For the north west, Greater Manchester Artist Hub has individual and group advice sessions, as well as running funding projects.

A UK based but rapidly growing international network of Black and Brown creatives across the cultural industries, POCC hosts events, group chats, a jobs board and more to support its members and partners.

Disability & Neurodivergence

One of the leading organisations when it comes to championing and supporting people with disabilities, Shape Arts has resources galore, as well as offering training and audits for organisations.

We Are Unlimited has an excellent resource bank with entries on accessible marketing, the social model of disability, language, event planning and more.

Intoart is a South London art and design studio supporting the careers of artists and designers with learning disabilities through education, professional development, and public programming.

DaDaFest run the largest international biannual arts festival with a focus on disabled & D/deaf artists in Liverpool, alongside which they provide development for artists and resources and toolkits.

A hub and network for artists excluded from access to the cultural sector due to health, disability, or isolation, Outside In put on exhibitions, manage artist development, and provide training.

The Alliance for Inclusive Education (or ALLFIE) has a range of resources and reports on the state of education and accessibility in contemporary Britain.

Disabled and D/deaf needs during and post COVID are at the forefront of #WeShallNotBeRemoved’s work as an advocacy and support forum, and their Seven Principals are a great touchstone.

For D/deaf and disabled performance and theatre folks, and those looking to make the sector more inclusive, Graeae has access programmes, advice, networking, and a resource library.

Mental health

Balance your mind and your books with Balance Hub’s combined toolkit helping you navigate the pressures of maintaining financial stability as a creative.

Mental Health First Aid England provide courses and training to support your workplace or help you train as a mental health first-aider.

Alongside all their other resources, mental health grandees Mind have free wellness action plans to help you create manageable systems for yourself and your team.

Campaigns & Research

Sour Lemons is a research and activism group committed to moving beyond just getting people into rooms and focused on dismantling the barriers that keep them out, and they run courses and cohorts to further these goals.

Social equality think tank and lobby group The Sutton Trust campaigns for social mobility across education and workplaces.

The Equality Trust campaigns to address structural inequalities in all aspects of British life and has many local groups and ongoing campaigns open to participation.

The Fawcett Society campaigns and publishes research and policy documents on gender inequality and discrimination as well as providing support and resources for women and girls.

Working on evaluating and improving charitable organisations, Charity So White explores and addresses the imbalances in the non-profit sector.

Context is often key to change-making and Show the Salary is a campaign aiming to improve everyone’s access to financial information that will help them advocate for themselves and others.

Fair Museum Jobs is an organisation highlighting good and bad practice in the museum sector with research and resources, and a manifesto.

Campaigning to make arbitrary degree requirements a thing of the past, Non-Graduates Welcome are calling for a broad shift in hiring practices.

Leading British racial justice think tank the Runnymede Trust produce research and publish updates and news about racial equality and related issues in the UK.