PACT Pioneer programme was created by brap in response to The Civil Society Futures Inquiry, which in 2018 found that many in England feel that there exist major imbalances in the use of power, accountability, connections and trust (PACT) within civil society. Looking at the arts sector in particular, where these societal issues are very much present, brap developed with UK arts and culture leaders a practical framework for developing leaders’ equitable and effective use of power, with support of £66,000 from us.
This framework was piloted with the PACT Pioneer learning cohort (a mix of arts organisations leaders and artists) over a period of 12 months at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the programme developed and the learning cohort’s focus changed during a period of social upheaval, particularly as anti-racist agendas in the arts sector grew following the global spread of the Black Lives Matter movement, the programme turned its focus to the power dynamics associated with anti-racism in the arts sector.
A practical ‘exercise book’, co-designed by brap with the participants of the programme, captures the main themes of the programme and can be used by others working in the arts seeking a more equitable and effective use of power.Access exercise book
In these two podcasts, facilitators on the PACT programme discuss what they’ve learnt about the arts sector and how it needs to respond to some of the challenges ahead.
Power and Accountability
Connection and Trust