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Access to Arts and Culture

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Fiona Twycross Fiona Twycross Labour

Just 15% of workers in London’s national portfolio organisations are from black and ethnic minority backgrounds compared to 40% of London’s working population. How can you and the Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries tackle this inequality and ensure culture and the arts are open to all Londoners?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I agree that the cultural sector as a whole is not representative of London and that much more must be done to increase diversity. This is a top priority in my Culture Strategy. National portfolio organisations are funded by Arts Council England and I have written to its Chair calling on the organisation to prioritise progress on this issue.

I have worked with the trade union BECTU to launch a Theatre Diversity Action Plan with 50 London theatres so far pledging to diversify their workforce. I have also funded Film London’s Equal Access Network to support screen industry employers like HBO and Sony to recruit and retain more representative employees. My £500k skills programme in Haringey’s Creative Enterprise Zone will enable local people to learn with Fashion Enter, 50% of whom will be from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.