Diversifying the Workforce in the Performing Arts

7 extraordinary artists stand in a line; left to right: a white man in a wheelchair holding a guitar, a white woman with long brown hair, a tall black man in a bright pink top, a white woman with a short bob and a walking stick, a white man in a wheelchair, a man with hair tied up holding crutches, a black woman in bold blue dress laughing.

Equal representation in the workforce is essential to changing the way our sector programmes for and engages the communities it serves. This two-day, practical workshop explores the challenges and opportunities in your organisation on route to diversifying your people.  You will gain new ideas for you and your teams to implement change now to move equality and diversity further up the agenda.

Aimed at

Performing arts professionals including producers, programmers, arts venue or company managers and CEOs


You will cover:

  • The ‘the social model of disability’ and its relationship to increasing equality in the arts
  • New thinking on ‘reasonable adjustment’ throughout the workplace
  • Diversifying your workforce – including volunteers and trustees


Day 1
11.00am – 1.00pm – Challenges of Change
2.00pm – 5.00pm – Social model informing our thinking

Day 2
10.00am – 1.00pm – Diversifying the workforce
2.00pm – 5.00pm – Sharing and Networking

This course can be split between two people in your organisation; one person can attend Day 1 and a different person can attend Day 2. Please let us know in the access audit form if you would like to sign-up with split attendance.


Claire Hodgson, Joint Artistic Director
Euella Jackson, Engagement Producer at Rising Arts and OnBoard Programme Co-Leader
Shaista Aziz – Journalist and Diverse City Board member


Individuals and freelancers

Dorset-based: £145.12 (£135 plus £11.12 Eventbrite booking fee)
Elsewhere: £162.29 (£150 plus £12.29 Eventbrite booking fee)


Dorset-based: £340.16 (£315 plus £25.16 Eventbrite booking fee)
Elsewhere: £377.89 (£350 plus £27.89 Eventbrite booking fee)

Maximum of 15 places
Includes the two-day course, lunches and refreshments

Head to Eventbrite to book your spot.

Access: Please complete the following access audit form.  Access can be booked by us on a case by case basis. 

There will be a creche service in one of the school’s classrooms near the workshops. It will be ran by two qualified play workers from Dorset. If you would like to use the service, please fill in the access audit form.

This event is supported by Doing Things Differently, a partnership between Diverse City and Bristol City Council.

Photo © Dom Moore