- Affordability: a culture of working for free; low paid work.

- Impact on mental health of balancing 2 or 3 jobs to support your work. The impact that this split focus has on the work you make. Impact this has on developing your craft. Needing a "money" job that isn't necessarily compatible with progressing your art.

- Working-class as a title is not definable or immediately visible. It is considered unfashionable to be working class.

- The level of risk is greater for working-class artists without the safety net of family and social support.

- Lack of confidence in conversations with those who have a certain entitlement.

- A sense of being behind - when peers have had access to arts from a younger age or been immersed in cultural conversations. The exhaustion that comes from feeling out of sync.

- Engagement in culture being seen as a middle-class act, isolating working-class people who participate or creating a barrier for them to ever get involved.

- Application processes being biased towards certain groups.

- Working class artists likely to have less of a network to reach out to, get advice and experience from.


- In the current government and economic climate is higher education still a step to transcending class barriers?

- How do we ensure that young people still have access to the theatre now that schools are reducing trips and drama classes?

- How do you allow different ways of engaging with a performance that aren't as intimidating to new audiences?

- Does it take longer to build a career as a working-class artist? Does this then mean working-class artists miss out on opportunities open for under 25's?

- How do we continue to build more diverse audiences in light of Tory changes?

- How do we open up application processes to working-class artists?

- How do we monitor how we are dealing with class? How do we ensure that middle-class in management structures are aware of barriers to working-class artists? How do we get more middle-class people involved in this conversation?


- More discussions about class. Better definitions of class. Visibility of working-class artists - claiming that identity.

- Using arts as a tool for breaking down barriers.

- Representations of class: performing class - committing to subverting stereotypes.

- Participation: Audience engagement after productions; involving the whole family, not just children, so families can have discussions.

- We should consider more what working-class theatre professionals can make that others can't, rather than emulating middle-class perceptions of art.

- Ownership of mainstream - for example, Harry Potter could be considered to have changed the audience demographic.

- Providing platforms for peoples work - so we can legitimize them.

- Talking with venues about providing more flexible opportunities for companies and artists, that would be more compatible with people trying to work other jobs alongside their art.


Arts Emergency -
Working Class Artists Group - @WCArtistGroup
UK Theatre - Acting Up report -
Arts Council consultation