Tagged: Diversity

Call for Proposals: Museums Association Diversity Conference

The Museums Association (MA) is holding an open call for session proposals for its forthcoming one-day conference on diversity, equality and inclusion.

All Inclusive: Championing Diversity in Museums takes place on 24 January 2018 at Thinktank in Birmingham, and aims to empower people to continue challenging the status quo and championing a diverse approach, while providing ideas as to how diversity can move from the margins to mainstream museum practice.

As part of the MA’s vision for “inclusive, participatory and socially engaged museums at the heart of their communities” and its Museums Change Lives policy document, the event will be programmed through an open call for papers. They particularly welcome ideas for workshops and interactive sessions, standalone presentations, panel discussions and other interventions.

Proposals will be considered by an advisory committee made up of diversity champions from across the UK museum sector and members of MA staff. If successful, the MA will work with you to shape up a session that fits within with overall programme for the day.

The MA’s definition of diversity includes the protected characteristics as defined by the Equalities Act 2010 but also includes socio-economic background and status, and diversity of perspectives and life experience.

The deadline for proposals is 27 September. A form for submissions, and guidelines to putting forward a proposal, are available on the MA’s website.


Diversifying Museum Visitors

Within an increasingly diverse society how might UK museums grow attendance and engagement?

How do we move beyond talk to action in increasing diversity, inclusion and equity to start to make real and lasting change in the museums sector?

Diversifying Museum Visitors is a ground breaking project designed to help museums increase the diversity of their visitors. 

The key focus of the project will be on providing tools and guidance to help museums make long-term change.  The sector has been talking about diversity for so long. Diversifying Museum Visitors provides a great opportunity to address and breakdown barriers.  To help people take a first step and then the next, to make a meaningful, lasting, real change.

                What are the factors for success?

                What practical steps can museums take to improve visitor diversity?

                What do we need to change and influence both internally and externally?

The literature and practice review (underway at the moment) is highlighting that there is a complex interplay of factors which affect diversity and inclusion within museums.  The project team will therefore consider all of the protected characteristics, but will place a particular emphasis on socio-economics as a key, cross-cutting influence on engagement.

The project steering group is led by the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) together with the Museums Association and four other organisations who are funding the project – Arts Council England, the Museums Archives and Libraries Division of the Welsh Government, Museums Galleries Scotland and National Museums Northern Ireland. 

Get involved

AIM has appointed a trio of consultants – Julie Aldridge, Mel Larsen and Pam Jarvis – to lead on this project and they are now looking for people across the UK museums sector to get involved.

Help us to make a difference by informing the creation of a suite of tools and guidance that works well for a broad mix of museums (of different types, size, geographical locations etc.)

Deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm, Friday 5th May 2017

Register your interest to share your experience as part of a pioneers group

Register your interest to explore the ideas further with a group of other museums

Register your interest to find out more about future stages of the project

Diversity in Museums- what change would you like to make?

From the Museums Association:

When we talk about diversity in museums, what do we mean?  Where is diversity located within our spaces and our collections, and what can we do to develop them? Are we happy to maintain the current state of play where diversity is still in the margins?

These are challenging but vital questions for the museums sector. What are we actively doing to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our practice and embedded in the way that we develop relationships with people outside and inside our organisations?

Live debate

Please join us on Tuesday 28 February at 1pm for a lunchtime webchat about Diversity in Museums, with the MA’s programme manager Jess Turtle, and diversity leadership consultant Sarah Pickthall. Join the debate, make your voice heard ! You can post questions here for our panel before or during the webchat

Transformers Diversify

If you are motivated to want to create change around diversity, equality and inclusion in museums why not apply to Transformers Diversify to connect you with key cultural leaders and campaigners, professional development and support to make change happen. http://www.museumsassociation.org/comment/20022017-have-you-considered-applying-to-transformers-diversify

The fully funded Transformers: Diversify programme will help participants connect, reflect and initiate change around equality, diversity and inclusion in museums. You may identify as being from a diverse background yourself, or simply want to make change happen. What you will share is a journey that will give you a new perspective and network, and the confidence to take risks.

This opportunity is open to applicants (including volunteers and freelancers) from England, Wales and Scotland. It requires between 7.5 and 9.5 days of contact time, which includes an action-learning day, a two-day residential, and one to one coaching. There is also the opportunity to pitch for project micro-funding to help make your idea for change a reality.

All event costs, accommodation and travel are covered.

What change can you make? Will you apply?  Find out about the programme here


Creative Case & Power Through Diversity

From Creative case NORTH / Zendeh:

Creative Case – Case Studies

In November 2016 we delivered Creative Case workshops in Gateshead, Manchester and York, focusing on supporting arts and cultural organisations considering applying to the Arts Council England 2018 – 22 National Portfolio.

Those who attended the workshops fed back that they found the case study examples of the Creative Case in action extremely useful in informing their approach to the Creative Case for Diversity.

For this reason, we would like to share with you the case studies from eight Creative Case NORTH Bursaries that were awarded to National portfolio organisations and Major partner museums in January 2016.

The bursaries provided these organisations with time, space and resource to look at how they develop their contribution to the Creative Case within their programming, collections and curatorial practice.  We’ve made the case studies of their activity available for you to download from the ZENDEH blog. Please note that it is recommended that you access the case studies via Google Chrome.

‘Power Through Diversity 12 December 2016

On Monday 12 December Arts Council England are holding a free one-day conference in Manchester.  ‘Power Through Diversity’ aims to provoke debate, inspire change and celebrate good practice around diversity in the sector.

Arts Council have informed us that tickets for the event are now sold out, but they will be live streaming it on their website.  Their agenda for the day has been published and is available here, and the live stream will be available from 11am – 5pm on Monday 12 December via the Arts Council England website.

Creative Case NORTH Focus 2017 – 18

Creative Case NORTH is a sector-led consortium formed in 2013 with the aim of supporting colleagues across the arts and cultural sector to engage with, explore, and share learning around the Creative Case for Diversity.  The work of the consortium is facilitated by ZENDEH and supported by Arts Council England.

Our activity is overseen and developed by the 15 members of our Steering Group who, along with our 29 Critical Friends are drawn from across the arts and cultural sector and the North area.  Our delivery to date has involved a series of learning exchange commissions, artistic responses to the Creative Case, and regional and national events, with our most recent programme of activity developed and delivered in partnership with Museum Development North East, North West and Yorkshire.

We are currently looking ahead to our 2017-18 programme of activity, which will be developed around the theme of ‘Leadership & Governance’.  The Steering Group will be developing the programme in early 2017, and are seeking input from the arts and cultural sector to help inform this.

We would appreciate if you could take 5 minutes to complete a short survey to provide feedback on topics/areas you would like us to focus on, and the type of activity you would find useful. The feedback you provide will feed directly into our development process.

The survey will be open until 12 noon on Monday 19 December 2016.  Thank you.

Arts Council England Live Stream: Power Through Diversity

On Monday 12 December Arts Council England, will be streaming live from their ‘Power Through Diversity’ one-day conference in Manchester. The conference aims to provoke debate, inspire change and celebrate good practice around diversity in the sector. You can watch all the speakers and discussion from the comfort of your desk. The live stream will be available from 11am-5pm on 12 December Arts Council England Live Stream: Power Through Diversity

Creative Case NORTH Workshops 14 – 18 November 2016

How are we telling the story of the Creative Case?

We would like to invite you to a workshop to explore the Creative Case for Diversity. This is the Arts Council’s approach to making diversity a key issue in relation to the programming and audiences, leadership and workforce of the arts and cultural sector.

This Autumn Creative Case NORTH and Museum Development Organisations across the North will come together to deliver a series of workshops exploring the question ‘How are we telling the story of the Creative Case?’

Recognising that the Creative Case for Diversity was launched in 2011, and is still a work in progress, the workshops are an opportunity to prompt thinking, conversations, connections and exchanges about how the arts and cultural sector tell the story of and contribute to the Creative Case.

The workshops will be useful primarily for museums. But also for those who are leading on, or influencing their organisations’ application to the Arts Council’s National Portfolio, as well as organisations, independent artists, curators and producers wanting to engage with current and potential National Portfolio organisations during this process.

Each workshop will consist of two sessions:

Session 1: 11:00-12:30
How are we telling the story of the Creative Case across the arts and cultural sector?

For organisations and individuals across the arts and cultural sector, this workshop will introduce the Creative Case for Diversity and enable those attending to exchange learning, catch up with colleagues and connect with new people through facilitated networking.

Session 2: 13:15-16:00
How are we telling the story of the Creative Case within museums?

For museums considering applying to the 2018-22 National Portfolio, and those considering future applications to Grants for the Arts or Arts Council England Strategic Funds, this workshop will:

  • Demonstrate the value of the Creative Case for Diversity and its contribution to sector development, staff development and programming
  • Further explore the Creative Case for Diversity to stimulate interpretation, articulation and identification of next steps for Museums
  • Acknowledge and recognise the excellence that is present within the Museums sector, including case study presentations from Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and Manchester Art Gallery
  • Support thinking around what the Creative Case for Diversity means for how Museums deploy their collections in order to meet Arts Council England Goal 1: Excellence is thriving and celebrated in the arts, museums and libraries

The free workshops are repeated in three locations across the North area. To book your place, please use the ‘register now’ link below the event you’d like to attend.

North East – Monday 14 November, St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead
Facilitated by Sarah Carr, Museum Development Manager, Museum Development North East and Nazli Tabatbai-Khatambakhsh, Artistic Director (CEO) ZENDEH.

Registration closes 12 noon Wednesday 9 November – Register now

North West – Wednesday 16 November, Manchester Art Gallery
Facilitated by Kaye Hardyman, Museum Development Officer, Museum Development North West and John Summers, Chief Executive, Halle Concerts Society.

Registration closes 12 noon Wednesday 9 November – Register now

Yorkshire – Friday 18 November, National Railway Museum, York
Facilitated by Michael Turnpenny, Museum Development Manager, Museum Development Yorkshire, and Tim Wheeler, Arts Consultant, Theatre Maker, Coach.

Registration closes 12 noon Friday 11 November – Register now

You can also follow and join national conversations about the Creative Case for Diversity on twitter via #creativecase and join the Creative Case NORTH mailing list to receive notifications about Creative Case NORTH opportunities and events.

For any queries please contact Louise Taylor, Creative Case NORTH Coordinator at north@zendeh.com or 0797 664 8867.


This workshop programme is being delivered by Creative Case NORTH in partnership with Museum Development North East, North West and Yorkshire.

Creative Case NORTH is a sector-led programme of activity exploring the Creative Case for Diversity, developed by a consortium of North Area arts and cultural organisations and artists, supported by Arts Council England. Steering Group Members are: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, ARC Stockton, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Sustained Theatre Artists Yorkshire, Contemporary Visual Arts Network, Halle Concerts Society, Curious Minds, Opera North, ZENDEH, DaDaFest, Contact Theatre, Tim Wheeler, GEM Arts and ARTLINK Centre for Community Arts.