This HEIF-funded project aims to investigate best practices in diversity engagement across cultural and creative institutions across Oxford and Oxfordshire, focussing on identifying and removing barriers between these institutions and their audience. The project will be run in collaboration with the Creative Industries Research and Innovation Network (CIRIN) and key academics within it.
  • Research and evidence the barriers which prevent disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals who suffer from structural discrimination and do not engage with cultural activities in the region.
  • Organise up to 7 events in collaboration by CIRIN and local partners.
  • Bring together local partners and academics for a one day workshop as part of the Festival of the Creative Industries at Oxford Brookes (23rd-26th April 2024) to discuss impact of the funded events.
  • Develop and disseminate an impact report on how to engage audiences from different racial and socio-economic backgrounds and abilities.
Brief justification for the proposed project:
The project aims to engage with cultural and creative organisations across the region in order to develop events (e.g. exhibitions, screenings, performances) that can promote inclusivity and fight barriers of discrimination across diverse audiences.Each applicant will organise one activity (with a budget of up to £1500 pounds per event).

Only one proposal per organisation will be considered for funding and the proposed event must be completed by the 15th of July 2024.

In order to apply, please write a short proposal (500 words max) outlining your idea, the target audience, and the time of the event, as well as a brief justification of the budget. Email and with your proposal.

Deadline: 30th of November 2023      Outcome result: 15th December 2023