Ed Vaizey, former Arts Minister, is chairing a new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) which looks to tackle the lack of diversity in the arts and creative sectors.
The Creative Diversity APPG has been formed in the wake of recent reports showing a severe lack of diversity in creative workforces across the UK. This includes just 5% identifying as disabled compared to 20% of the UK workforce and 12% of core workers identified as BME compared with 16% of the working age population.
APPGs enable politicians with different opinions across party spectrums to work together on issues they feel strongly about. Ed Vaizey, as well as previously being Arts Minister and sending out his weekly arts newsletter has also previously worked with an APPG addressing the class ceiling in the arts.
Vice Chairs and other members include Tracy Brabin, who has been involved in campaigns highlighting difficulty parents face in the arts industry, Sarah Hodgson (chair of the APPG for Art, Craft and Design in Education, working on the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto), Deborah Ball (Director of Cultural Partnerships at Kings College London), Baroness Floella Benjamin, Liberal Democrat Culture Spokesperson Jane Bonham-Carter and former DCMS minister Helen Grant.
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Candoco Dance Company / Image: Pedro Machardo