Arts Emergency

An Alternative Old Boy Network

Low income does not mean low imagination, low ambition or low intelligence. But the next generation are stopped in their tracks by fees and cuts, sidelined by policy makers and vexed by austerity. They need us to send the ladders down and we need their fearlessness and invention to change the world all over again.

When tuition fees tripled in 2010 and public funding for the arts was decimated, we wanted to do something meaningful for the low income young people most affected. We pulled together around 50 friends – artists, thinkers, writers, performers and activists. We pinned up a photo of the infamous Bullingdon Club. We listed the many advantages and favours those men had had on their way to the top. We pledged to build an open access alternative to that ‘old boy’ network that dominates arts, culture and politics in the early 21st century.

Now, our Network comprises thousands of arts professionals opening doors at all levels of the industry.

  • Francesca Main

    I graduated from the University of Warwick in 2002 and began my publishing career with an internship at Blake Friedmann…

  • Ruth Addison

    I always wanted to study languages but my father was a scientist and insisted I take science A levels. I…

  • King Adz

    I specialize in creating and documenting content for the youth, street, and creative cultures. I am also partial to the…

  • Fezzan Ahmed

    I studied English Lit because every answer is correct, if well presented. I was very tired of spelling the name…

  • Adam Ainsworth

    ” I wanted to go to University for a number of very important reasons. None of these were informed by…

  • Rugena Ali

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  • Vanessa Alikor

    Studying for my BA in sociology was such an interesting and inspiring time in my life, I would like to…

  • Fiona Allan

    Currently CEO Curve theatre in Leicester, a busy producing theatre with several performance spaces and an extensive education and community…

  • Beccy Allen

    Beccy lives in and loves South East London. She is a Producer in Young People’s Theatre in East London, working…

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