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Spotlight on Claire Hodgson

We are fortunate, here at Diverse City, to have not one, but two Artistic Directors: Claire Hodgson, and Jamie Beddard. On paper, their role is to lead the company’s…
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We’re Going to Bestival 2022!

We are very excited to be heading to Camp Bestival in Dorest this year. Our very own Claire Hodgson is leading the charge as we help Bestival try to…
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National Lottery supports Connecting Communities through Diverse Leadership

Diverse City is happy to say that last month The National Lottery agreed a £197,397 grant for our 3 year, national Connecting Communities programme: “We are delighted to build…

Culture Recovery Fund Announcement

We are delighted to announce that we will be benefitting from the third round of the Culture Recovery Fund. We will receive £69,940 on behalf of Extraordinary Bodies. This…

Women Leaders South West: Meet Vandna

Women make up around 70% of arts audiences and 70% of the arts workforce, but only about 30% of arts leadership (Elizabeth Freestone and The Guardian). This sort of…
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Global Day of Parents: how we support parents and carers in our workforce

Today is Global Day of Parents. Over the past year, reduced childcare has made it deeply challenging to be a working parent. Supporting those who care for children and…

Amplifying Unexpected Leaders’ voices

This year, we have been amplifying Unexpected Leaders’ voices through Connecting Communities, a proactive and optimistic response to the isolation of the past year. We’ve been working with community…

Culture Recovery Fund Round 2

Last week, Diverse City received £69,940 from the second round of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund. We are among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest awards from…

International Women’s Day: a look at Women Leaders South West

For International Women’s Day, we look at how leadership roles are still being kept away from women and how Women Leaders South West aims to claim these back. Please…

It’s November 2020

It’s November 2020. March 2020 seems like a lifetime ago. We’d had great funding news. We were about to launch massive plans. We were planning our next 10 years……

Signal Fire

Signal Fire (n): A fire or light set up in a prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration. In October and November, fires are lighting up across the UK…
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Women Leaders South West – New Call Out

After a lockdown-induced pause, we are really excited to share the new call out for Women Leaders South West (WLSW). Diverse City is one of eight arts organisations involved…

A Tribute To Dave Toole

A statement from Diverse City, written by Claire Hodgson. We are deeply saddened to hear of Dave Toole ’s death.  He was a brilliant artist, collaborator and friend. He supported…

Diverse City Receives A Culture Recovery Fund Grant

A Brighter Future For Diverse City Today, Diverse City received £275,690 from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as part of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund. We are…

Access Help for ACE Funding: We’re Here.

Do you feel like you are in the dark? If you face any barriers to applying for ACE National Lottery Project Grants you can apply for paid access support….

We’re Learning to Create Audio Content

Eilís, Artistic Director of Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists, talks about keeping her creativity going through lockdown by learning to create audio content with Calling The Shots as part of…
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Vital Emergency Fund To Support Our Dorset Theatre Freelance Workforce

This week, our Dorset-based company received a £121,310 vital emergency fund from Arts Council England. We will use this money to make good the heavy losses we have faced…

Freelance Task Force: Our Freelance Artist

Diverse City is proud to be one of the signatories of the Freelance Task Force open letter to theatre and performance makers in the UK today. We are committed…