In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite Create Jobs is fighting for diversity

4 March 2016

Also this week: DCMS invites applications for next Chair of Arts Council England and Sky funds Central scholarships for students with disabilities

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Create Jobs praised following #OscarsSoWhite protest

East London Lines this week featured a piece praising the work of our creative employment programme, Create Jobs - specifically highlighting how it is addressing diversity issues in the creative sector, an issue which has received a lot of attention recently. Read more

London mayoral hopeful Zac Goldsmith: ‘I don’t have a specific arts policy’

Conservative London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith has ruled out creating a separate arts manifesto as part of his campaign. Instead, he said his plans for growth in the creative industries would be included within the four key policy areas he is focussing on. Read more

DCMS invites applications for next Chair of Arts Council England

The Department for Culture Media and Sport have launched the recruitment campaign for the new Chair of Arts Council England. The deadline for applications is 29 March 2016. Read more

Sky funds Central scholarships for students with disabilities

Sky is supporting a new fund at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama that will provide disabled students with financial support. The broadcaster will fund two scholarships for students with disabilities who are planning to study at post-graduate level next year. Read more

Secondary schools in London are ‘most overcrowded in the country’

One in five London secondaries is now full or over capacity, making schools in the capital the most overcrowded in the country, according to new figures. Read more

Fairfield Halls to close for two years in £30m revamp

Croydon arts centre Fairfield Halls is to close for two years to allow for a £30 million transformation of the building and site. Read more

Shakespeare Live! to be broadcast to cinemas

An event marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death hosted by David Tennant is to be broadcast live to cinemas around the UK. Read more

EVENTS

STOP PLAY RECORD Drop-in Pitching Session

STOP PLAY RECORD is a programme open to young Londoners interested in learning how to make experimental short films and the moving image sectors. This free drop-in session is an opportunity to discuss ideas with members of the selection panel. Read more

Strive Mixer: The Suppliant Women

Southbank Centre are offering women aged 15-25 the opportunity to take part in a workshop and explore music and movement for an upcoming production of The Suppliant Women. Read more

Big Dance competition

Together with Big Dance, the Institute of Imagination is inviting 5 – 14 year olds to enter a competition to design the iconic London travelcard holder. The winning design will be printed onto a whopping 10,000 travelcards holders to be distributed across the capital! Read more