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‘Gifted’ tickets

Culture24 is committed to increasing the diversity of attendees at arts and heritage workforce events and conferences, so they are representative of the UK as a whole.

As this is something we firmly believe in, we would like to continue our gifted tickets programme this year. We have set ourselves a target that a proportion of #LGR2020 conference tickets will be ‘gifted’, funded by organisations who would like to help bring a more representative mix of people to the event.

We can’t do this without you and are calling for people who are in a position to pay it forward to buy a gifted ticket to support someone else to attend. Could this be you?

Read more about the thinking behind our approach in this post from last year.

Who will receive these tickets?

We’d like these gifted tickets to go to under-represented groups in the arts and heritage sector workforce, particularly people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. We’re working together with Museum Detox, the Disability Collaborative Network for Museums, Museum as Muck and Vocaleyes to help us raise awareness of this opportunity.

Alternatively, if you are from another group that is under-represented in the arts and heritage sector workforce, we’d love to hear from you.

If you believe you qualify for one of these gifted tickets and would like to attend the LGR 2020 Conference, please express your interest using this short online form.

Please express your interest as soon as possible. Recipients will be notified on a rolling basis, until all available gifted tickets are allocated.

If you are unsure whether you fit the criteria or have questions, please email judith@culture24.org.uk.

What difference do gifted tickets make?

People who took advantage of gifted tickets to last year’s conference gave very positive feedback.

Gifted ticket recipient:

Thank you for the free ticket and for allowing me to come. Thank you also for making one of the criteria for being eligible for a free ticket the nature of your background. It was refreshing to see class acknowledged as an issue.

Gifted ticket recipient:

Thank you so much for facilitating an amazing day at the Let’s Get Real Conference, your presence really enabled me to take part in aspects that I often miss out on due to my mobility difficulties.

Gifted ticket recipient:

I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks to anyone who gifted a ticket to the recent LGR conference. It was an excellent event and gave me many ideas and points of interest to bring back to my museum that will contribute massively to our approach to social engagement. It’s the first time I’ve attended a conference and seen other people there with visible disabilities, and I think that is in part due to your focus on inviting underrepresented people to attend free of charge.

I work for a very small museum who could not afford to purchase a ticket for this event, they took a chance on employing a disabled person rather than an able-bodied one, so it was a good opportunity for me to demonstrate the importance and advantage of employing someone who is in a minority in terms of the museum workforce.

This is the first conference I’ve attended where I was able to get food and drink from a buffet, and a place to sit down and eat it without requesting aid from a fellow delegate.

How can my organisation contribute?

If you’re from an organisation that shares our commitment to increasing the diversity of attendees at arts and heritage workforce events and conferences, we are offering you an opportunity to purchase a ‘gifted’ ticket at the heavily subsidised price of £55.

This ticket will then be offered to an applicant from an under-represented group in the arts and heritage sector workforce so they can attend the conference for free.

You can purchase gifted tickets via Eventbrite – please select the ‘Gift a ticket’ option.

You don’t need to attend the conference yourself to purchase a gifted ticket for someone else.

Thank you for your support!

Posted November 14, 2019 in: blog by kate

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