Disabled-led organisations awarded £750k in funding from Arts Council England

Arts Council England (ACE) has awarded more than £750,000 in funding to three disabled-led organisations.

Access All Areas, Shape London and Graeae Theatre Company have been awarded a combined £768,512 by ACE to establish three new nationwide leadership development programmes, which will support D/deaf and disabled cultural leaders at all stages of their careers. 

The funding comes from the Arts Council’s Transforming Leadership Fund, which has awarded £7.1m National Lottery funding into 18 projects, to address specific issues around diversity across leadership, opportunities for emerging and early career leaders, and the development of executive skills at senior levels.

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Joyce Wilson, London area director at ACE, said: “We believe leadership development is important at all stages of someone’s career, and across all parts of the sector.

“Arts Council England is supporting three impressive leadership programmes led by disability and access groups to ensure effective representation of disabled leaders in organisations and venues across the country.”

Arts Council England is commissioning an external evaluation of the Transforming Leadership programme – the learnings from which will be fed back to the wider sector – to assess the effectiveness of different approaches to leadership development and the impact they have on the career progression of participants, and to identify lessons for how best the Arts Council can support leadership development in the future.

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