Arts Policy & Campaign Working Party

Protecting arts in the time of austerity

Following a 2017 Annual Representative Conference motion from North and East London Branch, the Equity Council established the Arts Policy and Campaign Working Party to examine how current arts policy sits in an age of austerity and to examine the union’s campaigning on arts policy issues.
The working party will deliver recommendations to the December 2018 Council, and is keen to consult with as many members as possible. If you wish to share your views or talk to the co-ordinators of the Policy Group, email the secretary to the working party Stephen Spence on

Please see below for links to relevant documents:

Report from Arts Policy sub-group March 2018

Report from Campaign sub-group member Lynda Rooke

The value of arts and culture to people and society: an evidence review

Measuring the value of culture: a report to the Department for Culture Media and Sport

Data map of arts engagement across England

Fran Rifkin's A biased history of political theatre

Resistance and resignation: responses to typecasting in British acting

‘Like Skydiving without a Parachute’: How Class Origin Shapes Occupational Trajectories in British Acting