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.

  • Laurence Alliston-Greiner

    I have worked as a freelance drama teacher for the last ten years. Working with young people in the U.K…

  • Julie Amphlett

    I have always loved arts and science and was very disappointed to discover that it is almost impossible to continue…

  • Colin Anderson

    I began my career in comedy as a pharmacy student at Manchester University, running club nights and writing sketches for…

  • Alexandra Anderson-Dyer

    Having worked as an actress for over ten years, I began exploring the area of directing several years ago and…

  • Fairooz Aniqa

    I studied Media at college and took an interest in Fashion media. I chose to do my course at LCF…

  • Misha Anker

    Misha Anker

    I really very much fell into technical theatre; I can’t say it was a childhood ambition, that would be untrue!…

  • Brigitte Aphrodite

    Brigitte Aphrodite

    Poet/ Song writer/Comedy actress. I pursued a BA in the arts because it was the only subject I absolutely loved…

  • Paul Arathoon

    I do law (of the corporate/company) variety

  • Helen Arney

    Perhaps unusually for this role, I’ve come from a science background as well as an arts background. I have a…

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