Support the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto

The manifesto asks you to make a commitment towards greater, cohesive partnerships and support for all. And the great thing is that it is laterally owned by all - pure co-production at it's best.

We need your support. We need you to commit to the manifesto and tell us why you believe it is important and how it could impact on the cultural landscape.

Sign up to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto

Supporters of the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto

Sharon Hodgson MP. Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Art, Craft and Design in Education, Dyslexia and SpLD.

"I am passionate about the rights of disabled children and young people as well as a great believer in the power of arts and culture to make a real difference to their education, health and wellbeing. The Cultural Manifesto is an excellent initiative which offers strategic leadership across the sector by supporting and promoting the excellent inclusive practice that exists and encouraging others to put the needs of young people at the heart of their work."

Royal Albert Hall

We, the Royal Albert Hall, commit to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto because we fundamentally believe that all children and young people should have the right to access high quality arts and culture. Currently there is not equal access for children and young people with disabilities, and we are committed to working with partner organisations to address this across the arts sector. We recognise the power of arts and culture in supporting education, health and wellbeing for all young people. We believe that cultural organisations have the duty to reflect all of society, and we feel that the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto offers the opportunity to work strategically amongst a number of partners to ensure that we can do this to best effect

Tri Borough Music Hub 

The Tri-borough Music Hub is committed to help realise the ambitions of the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto because we recognise the power of music, arts and culture in supporting education, health and wellbeing for all pupils.

Action on Disability

Action on Disability commit to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto because we are firmly committed to the rights of disabled young children and young people to access high quality creative and cultural opportunities.

Anita Kerwin-Nye Lead - Every Child Should

The benefits of art, culture and access to heritage are well known. Across the country there are thousands of wonderful institutions that excel in their provision. But we know that children and young people with disability access these less than their peers. This reflects a common pattern where those that could benefit most from these rich resources are often those that access them the least and is a key theme of the Every Child Should campaign. The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto is a commitment to collaborate to improve access – indeed to make access an entitlement. This is more than physical access or support with communication – although these things are important and sadly still too often unaddressed. This is about children and young people with disabilities being both consumers and producers of art and culture and about seeing themselves, their culture and their heritage, in the work that these institutions display. It builds on the amazing work of Paul Morrow and the West London Inclusive Arts Festival.

Sir David Amess MP. Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Learning Disability

"I am an ardent believer in the rights of disabled children and young people to access all the educational opportunities afforded to their non-disabled peers. This includes their engagement with a range of artistic and cultural experiences which enrich their lives and make an invaluable contribution to their health and wellbeing. I have seen this for myself in the wonderful and inspirational work done by the Music Man Project in my constituency. Their recent concert at the London Palladium showed the transformative power of music and both the Prime Minister and myself are impressed by the excellent service they provide to children and young people across the UK. This is why I am delighted to lend my support to this fantastic new initiative and look forward to seeing it deliver real and lasting change."

Katy Brown

I sign up to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto

George Fielding

"I am a wheelchair user, love culture and will dedicate every day campaigning for inclusion and diversity."

Rachel Moss Work in arts education / Setting up internships

Arts & culture should be accessible to all within and beyond our cultural institutions. We can all do more to contribute towards good practice, to welcome and to be inclusive to a wide range of audiences, and to think about diversifying our cultural workforce too.

The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD)

The National Society for Education in Art and Design is committed to the UNESCO Convention of the rights of a child which states that all children should have the right to: ‘join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and recreational activities’. The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto upholds this principle, aiming as it does, for better and more opportunities for children and young people with disabilities to engage with arts and culture. NSEAD is very pleased to support, endorse and share far and wide this important initiative and manifesto.

Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing & Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft & Design in Education

As a former Minister for the Arts I am a passionate believer that the Arts can and should be used to transform the lives of young people. Our great cultural institutions in this country offer an enriching life experience to all those who visit and it is essential that all visitors are treated equally regardless of background, upbringing or disability.

I am delighted to add my support to the cultural manifesto and its excellent aims to develop strategic partnerships between SEN organisations and cultural institutions to ensure that enriching cultural experiences are available to all young people in the future.

Elly Chapple Mother to an exceptional CYP who is Deafblind and would love to be included

I support the manifesto because life is bigger than a classroom and shorter than you think. Because our time here should be broad, engaging, fun and full of life. And because every person has an equal right to this, every single person.

Andrew Dismore London Assembly Member for Barnett and Camden

Throughout my career as a Councillor, MP and now London Assembly Member I have been an enthusiastic advocate for the rights of disabled people. I am immensely proud of the work that Action Space do in my constituency to engage and encourage artists with learning disabilities in collaboration with the Camden Arts Centre. The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto is an innovative initiative which seeks to ensure that opportunities such as these are available to all disabled children and young people across the UK and I wish them every success.

Baroness Nye Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft & Design in Education

I am a fervent supporter of the arts and the vital role it plays in the education of our children and young people. Nowhere is this more evident than in the transformative impact that access to high quality cultural experiences has on pupils and students with special educational needs. It is crucial that our artistic and cultural institutions reflect the needs of all members of our society and I enthusiastically endorse the Cultural Manifesto and the commitment of its signatories to making this happen.

Len Duvall London Assembly Member for Greenwich and Lewisham

The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto is an excellent initiative and one which I support wholeheartedly. It is vital that disabled children and young people's rights to access & experience art and culture are upheld and encouraged. Arts and culture not only help enrich lives, but offer a powerful tool for the education, health and wellbeing of all children and young people.

Ben Jones Class Teacher

I believe it is every child's right (regardless of their needs) to be involved in a curriculum that includes and promotes the arts and culture including links with museums, galleries and arts organisations.

Artis Foundation Performing arts sessions for all, in the timetable, not as afterschool opt-in/charged for clubs

Artis supports the manifesto because we believe passionately in transforming ALL lives through the performing arts - we embed our Specialist arts sessions into the normal school day to ensure that high quality arts experiences are for all children, not just those who want to /can stay on after school.

Helen McCruaig-Finlay HLTA with medical NEEDS school

I work in a setting where inclusion and accessibility is at the forefront of our minds all the time. I personally manage inclusive sport but support the idea of accessibility to all.

Serious

Serious commit to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto. We believe arts and culture should be accessible to all. Our work aims to reflect all sectors of society, and is motivated by a mutual recognition that arts and culture has substantial implications on health and wellbeing. Working in partnership enables us to build momentum for this critical cause.

Mayflower Primary School

Every child should have the opportunity to learn through creativity and this includes children with differing abilities. We want to ensure all children have fair access to opportunities which help them learn through the arts.

The@trical

Cultural inclusion is at the heart of everything we aim to do at The@trical. As SEN theatre specialists we want all young people with learning difficulties to be able to access the theatre and arts with the same level of freedom and flexibility that is afforded to their mainstream counterparts. Research proves that the arts is the perfect medium via which students can express emotions, communicate, engage, play and seek an understanding for the complex world in which they live. Inclusion is not just a right but a necessity for the work we do and we seek to give everyone an artistic platform through which they can achieve their goals.

NASS (The National Association of Independent Schools & Non-Maintained Special Schools)

Cultural inclusion for children with SEND is not just a moral right, it's a vital tool to inspire and support learning. Arts-based curricula are a great vehicle to harness learning and give us new ways of unlocking skills.

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Shadow Environment Minister & Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft & Design in Education

As a former House of Lords Spokesperson for Culture and Shadow Education Minister I am a passionate advocate for the arts and culture and, in particular, the vital role they play in the education of our children. I have witnessed first-hand on school visits the importance of access to a range of artistic and cultural experiences. It is particularly crucial for disabled children and young people who not only benefit educationally from the arts and culture but also in terms of their health and wellbeing. This is why I am happy to endorse the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto and applaud the commitment and determination of the signatories.

The Music Man Project UK An award-winning, record-breaking accessible music service

We, The Music Man Project UK commit to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto because...

  • We believe in providing the best possible education service specifically for musicians with a learning disability
  • We campaign for the equal rights of people with a learning disability to perform at the largest and most prestigious performance venues available
  • We support PhD research into the impact of our work at the Royal College of Music
  • We have witnessed the transformative effects of musical participation on our clients over 2 decades
  • We celebrate the uniquely expressive potential of musicians with a learning disability to entertain, educate and inspire the wider society

A New Direction

A New Direction believes that all children and young people should be able to thrive through developing their creativity, and play an active part in the culture and heritage of their city.

Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member

The arts and culture should be for everyone, including children and young people with Special Educational Needs. Yet for far too long access to the arts and culture for children and young people with disabilities has been overlooked and neglected.

The manifesto is an excellent initiative and the first stage of making real change. I endorse what it sets out to achieve in supporting and delivering inclusive practice throughout every area of London’s arts and cultural provision.

Claire Penketh Head of Department for disability & Education at Liverpool hope university and core member of the centre for culture and disability studies (CCDS)

As a department we are committed to working with and on behalf of disabled people. We employ disability studies and specifically cultural disability studies to support and further understandings of the role that disabled people play in enhancing our understanding of the relationship between culture and disability. We aim to go beyond ideas that promote support, extending thinking to promote a profound appreciation of difference.

Graeae Theatre Company

I sign up to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto

GEM (Group for Education in Museums)

GEM's mission is to champion excellence in heritage learning to improve the education, health and well-being of the public. We believe that learning through heritage is enriching and transformative and want to make it accessible, relevant and enjoyable for all. To do this we must support initiatives that cultivate best practice and positive, sustainable relationships between heritage organisations and people facing barriers to inclusion.

Wigmore Hall Company

Wigmore Hall is committed to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto because it strongly aligns with our key values; we strive to provide creative opportunities for all, and the Manifesto’s collaborative approach enables us to work in partnership with, and learn from, a diverse range of people and organisations.

Live Music Now

Live Music Now is committed to supporting the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto. We see the transformational power of music in our work every day in schools, hospitals and communities throughout the UK. We believe that everyone should have access to outstanding music and cultural opportunities, whether as an engaged audience member or an active and creative participant.

Magpie Dance

Magpie Dance is the UK’s leading dance charity for people with learning disabilities. Our vision is ‘A world where a learning disability is no barrier to personal and artistic success in dance’.
Magpie Dance commit to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto because we:

  • Are firmly committed to the rights of disabled children, young people and adults to access high quality arts and culture
  • Recognise the power of arts and culture in supporting education, health and wellbeing
  • Believe that all organisations have the duty to reflect all of society
  • Believe that The Cultural Inclusion manifesto offers the opportunity to work strategically amongst a number of partners to ensure that we can do this to best effect

Opera Holland Park

Inclusion is at the heart of Opera Holland Park and is actively promoted within our education and outreach programme, Inspire.
At Opera Holland Park, we are firmly committed to the rights of disabled young children and young people to access high-quality arts and culture and we recognise the power of arts and culture in supporting education, health and wellbeing.
All organisations have the duty to reflect all of society and the Cultural Inclusion manifesto offers the opportunity to work strategically amongst a number of partners to ensure that we can do this to the best effect.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP

I am proud to represent a constituency with a vibrant arts and culture scene. Whether it’s performing arts, galleries, live music or theatre, Brighton is a hub of talent and creativity. I believe it is vital that disabled children and young people have the opportunity to engage with all the fantastic experiences on offer both locally and across the UK. This is why I am happy to endorse the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto and commend the signatories for their commitment to making arts and culture accessible to all.

Kate Green MP

I am a strong believer in the importance of inclusive cultural institutions to give all young people the chance to enjoy and experience the arts. That’s why I’m supporting the Cultural Manifesto which works to facilitate collaboration between SEN organisations and cultural institutions to increase opportunities for young people with special educational needs to enjoy and learn through participation in these fabulous activities

Jason Wilsher-Mills Disabled Artist

My whole practice, as a disabled artist, revolves around giving a voice to those in the community who do not have one, so felt it was important to be part of a movement which reflected my core beliefs.

Baroness Hollins Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Learning Disability

I am a passionate advocate for the rights of disabled people and firmly believe they should have full access to a wide range of artistic and cultural experiences. I have witnessed both personally and professionally the transformative impact that inclusion can have on people with disabilities in all areas of their lives. I am enormously impressed by the fantastic work done by Access all Areas and proud of Beyond Words for supporting learning disabled artists and co-creators and removing barriers that prevent their voice from being heard. I am happy to endorse the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto and its aim of ensuring that all disabled children and young people can access opportunities such as these and contribute to the richness of artistic and cultural life in the UK.

The Lyric Hammersmith

We at the Lyric are committed to supporting the Cultural inclusion manifesto; we recognise the transformative effect that culture and access to the arts has on all young people, to fundamentally change and enrich their lives and that of their community.

Corali Dance Company

It is better for us to be working together to move towards social inclusion and integration, and to promote change.

The Wallace Collection

Our national collections belong to everyone, regardless of their circumstances or background. An essential part of our learning provision is to provide all visitors to the Wallace Collection with the tools to develop a greater understanding and enjoyment of art and to inspire young people, particularly those with SEN, to achieve their creative potential. That is why we are a proud supporter of the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto.

Neil Coyle MP

I am a passionate advocate for the rights of disabled people and have spent my entire career campaigning to secure equality in all areas of disabled people's lives. Engagement with arts and culture can and should have a transformative impact on disabled children and young people. Arts and culture should make as huge a contribution to disabled children's education as other young people, and offers additional opportunities to enhances health and wellbeing as well as enrich lives. It is vital that all young people, and especially more disadvantaged disabled children, have full access to the wealth of artistic and cultural opportunities available both locally and nationally across the UK. I am happy to endorse the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto and applaud the signatories for their commitment to ensuring that this happens.

Tom Copley London Assembly Member

Art has the power to transform lives, and the opportunity to experience, participate in and create art should be open to everyone. I really welcome the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto and support its aim of ensuring that disabled children and young people can fully enjoy the great cultural riches that London has to offer.

Caroline Russell Green London Assembly Member, Chair of the Economy Committee/ Green Group lead for the Economy

It is important that differently-abled people of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to curate, enjoy and take part in culture and the arts across London. The Cultural Inclusion manifesto offers a solution and welcome ambition to enable inclusive practices. I am pleased to see that the manifesto has the support of so many organisations across London and there is a great willingness to make the needs of differently-abled children and young people a priority

Marsha De Cordova MP Shadow Minister for Disabled People

As a disabled woman and Shadow Minister for Disabled People, I was proud to stand for election on a manifesto for disabled people that declared “Nothing about you, without you”. This also means full access to cultural life for disabled people - not just as spectators, but as active participants. The Cultural Manifesto is another step towards making this a reality for younger disabled people and allowing them to fulfil their full potential.

Royal Collection Trust

The Royal Collection Trust is committed to inclusion.

Eureka!

Here at Eureka! we've been running arts and activity clubs under our Access All Areas programme since 2012. We know from talking to disabled children and parents that their opportunities for arts are limited. We've run arts workshops for blind and partially sighted children, led by a blind artist which have been very popular. We're running an augmented reality workshop soon, facilitated by a disabled artist. We want to do more art activities led by disabled artists to encourage disabled children to develop their own artistic abilities. We look forward to learning from others' experiences and being inspired by the innovative artists and artworks out there. That's a long quote, but you can extract anything useful!

Royal College of Music London

As one of the world’s leading conservatoires and as Europe’s top Performing Arts institution, we are committed to the rights of disabled young children and young people to access high quality arts and culture. The RCM recognises the power of arts and culture in supporting education, health and wellbeing. We are therefore committed to the Cultural Education Manifesto.

The College is committed to an agenda that champions equality and diversity. As a leading British conservatoire, it aims to provide musical education and professional training at the highest international level to meet the aspirations of as many as possible of those who it deems to have the ability and motivation to benefit. Students are recruited on the basis of their musical merits, abilities and potential. The Royal College of Music aims to ensure that no student, member of staff or visitor to performances and other events is subjected to unfair discrimination, direct or indirect, arising from disability.

Drawing on the vision of Prince Albert for the advancement of the Arts and Sciences, the College’s strategic plan sets out a vision for providing access to an inspirational learning experience for the widest possible range of students. The RCM’s Access Agreement takes this vision forward. The College believes the area for most effective investment is outreach activity delivered by RCM Sparks, the RCM’s ground-breaking Learning and Participation programme which works closely with the Tri-borough Music Hub to widen access and inclusion. We believe that all organisations have the duty to reflect all of society.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

We, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, commit to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto because we firmly believe in the rights of all people to access high quality arts and culture, including children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. We believe in the power of music to transform lives through achieving artistic, social and personal outcomes, and believe in the need for equal access to these inspiring experiences for all.

Maria Miller MP Former Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport & Former Minister for Disabled People

My ministerial roles have included Minister for Disabled People and Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport. My experience has taught me that access to arts and culture is vital for disabled children and young people. It makes an invaluable contribution to their education, health and wellbeing. The UK has a thriving and vibrant cultural sector and I firmly believe that it should be accessible to all our children and young people without exception. That is why I am happy to support the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto.

Festival Bridge

We sign up to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto

Marshfields

It is not the quality of the performance but the journey each individual has been through to reach their final performance. The tears of proudness when a inspirational young person overcomes all prejudice and in spite of it all takes their rightful place on stage is the reason I have signed up to the manifesto.

Hazel Vernon SEND and Access Manager & Freelance Artist

I want to live in an inclusive world.

Kerrie Suteu Deliverer of transition courses for YPWLDD

We run a project called Creative Bridges for those at the end of special education, to support the transition into independent life, using arts, culture and media. We believe in people power!

James Bagley Business leader who believes and takes an active role in the initiative

The far reaching impacts of positive cultural inclusion are near self-evident. That anyone should not have equal access demands our attention and effort to change this.

Federation of Westminster Special Schools

We run a project called Creative Bridges for those at the end of special education, to support the transition into independent life, using arts, culture and media. We believe in people power! The Federation of Westminster Special Schools understands the potency of cultural engagement for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Through our many partnerships, our young people can be seen, valued and included; their voices and stories are told and become part of our culture.

The ability to express and communicate, to develop autonomy and a sense of self is central to our mission as a Federation and this is greatly supported by arts and culture.

The creative arts empower young people; it supports their mental health and wellbeing and is an essential part of their education. We have developed and built a sense of community and celebration through the creative arts and have actively shared our experiences and achievements in collaboration with friends, parents and supporters. With our cultural partners we have promoted inclusion to a wider audience.

It is with great pride that I commit both schools to the manifesto with the knowledge of our involvement in its creation.

Andy Balmer - Executive Head

Alison Giles Runs a small museum, trying to make it more inclusive.

I think it's really important that everyone has access to culture and heritage.

The Auckland Project

Because at the Auckland Project we are committed to quality learning (formal and Informal) for all and that means taking inclusion seriously.

Emily Little

Every young person should have access to the arts, no matter what label society has deposited upon them. This manifesto is the starting point for change in the world of inclusivity and I want to be part of that change. It is a fabulous initiative and I am proud to support it.

Rachel Tranter Director of GEM and Advocate

Every child no matter what their ability or background should have access to culture.

Old Royal Naval College

We, the Old Royal Naval College, commit to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto because we firmly believe that access to high quality arts and culture by disabled children and young people is a right and not a privilege, and that museums, galleries and cultural organisations have an important role to play in ensuring this happens. We also believe in the power of cultural organisations to support education, health and wellbeing. Working, and learning, together is key to this and we welcome the opportunities to build partnerships to ensure that we continue to work towards being inclusive and accessible to all.

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Teacher & relative - "As a teacher and advocate for arts education, and aunt to two very special children with SEND, I have always believed in inclusive entitlement for all."

HOF in a large secondary school - "I believe that access to culture, cultural activities and experiences is a human right."

Arts education professional - "The arts should be inclusive for all. We are ALL part of our culture, everyone making their own unique contribution."

Educator - "I sign up to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto."

Cultural Engagement Officer for young people - "Every child should have access to creativity. Without creativity, there is no vision. Without vision, there is no future. Every child deserves a future."

School - "[Our] school is signing up to the manifesto as it shares many of our core beliefs surrounding special educational needs and inclusion."

Professional - "I sign up to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto."

Advocate - "I sign up to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto."

Communities and Access Programmer - "To engage, connect and stay up to date with best practice and make sure we are making the best possible decisions and opportunities for everyone."