Class and Class Dynamics – an Introduction for Students

A Participate student session

The concept of class in the UK is a complex and difficult thing to define. Join us for this session as we explore the elements that make up class identity in today’s society, what this means for those pursuing a career in the arts, and the impact it has on the art we consume and our views on it. We’ll then consider how we can drive positive change when it comes to class dynamics, prejudice and barriers to participation in the arts.

Available as

  • In-person training


  • Delivered as a 3 hour session


  • Maximum 30 participants per group
  • Ability to tailor for you

Want to learn more? Read on for detailed information about the course. Contact our team on or make an enquiry for further information and bookings.

Why train with Tonic? We are a leading EDI training provider, offering courses designed specifically for the arts and creative environments. But crucially, each time you book a course with Tonic you also help support our work driving change across the industry. Win, win.

“Thought provoking and genuine. Didn’t give in to the temptation to tick boxes or be idealistic.”

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About the Course

This session explores the elements that make up class identity in today’s society. We unpack class terminology and different definitions, then hone in on what this means for the performing arts in particular. We discuss class within the arts, including possible barriers to participation for those pursuing a career in it, and the impact prejudices can have on the choices we make around the art we consume.

The session concludes by considering what we can individually and collectively do to drive positive change when it comes to class dynamics, prejudice and barriers to participation in the arts.

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Tonic Advance Network workshop led by Lucy Kerbel and Vicky Long at the Umbrella Rooms, London. Photo by Stephen Wright.

What we’ll cover

  • Class terminology and definitions of class identity
  • Class and the arts
  • Prejudice and barriers to participation in the arts
  • Ideas and exploration of what we can each do as individuals to drive change
  • Space to consider how you might take areas of this learning away and action it moving forwards

You’ll come away with

  • A basic understanding of what class is and how class inequalities exacerbate and underpin most other inequalities
  • A greater understanding of the surface ways in which class can impact the way we interact with the arts, and the ways we think about ourselves in relation to it
  • Confidence that there is room for everyone in the arts. Nobody should feel the need to change who they are or hide where they are from.
  • The ability to demonstrate why class awareness is vital to a healthy and successful arts ecology

Course details

  • Available as in-person training
  • Delivered as a 3 hour session
  • Maximum 30 participants

Keen to learn more? Make an enquiry or contact our team at for further information.


Yes, please email to arrange a time to discuss your needs with a member of the team.

Yes, we would be happy to discuss bundling this course with others that we offer. We can also create bespoke sessions just for you. Find out more on our bespoke training page or email to discuss what we can do for you.

Participate is Tonic’s programme of training created specifically for schools, colleges and conservatoires in the performing arts. It’s designed to help both students and staff address a range of topics in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion, to help them cultivate a safer and more inclusive training environment, and to provide advice and tools they can take with them.
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Participate. Training created specifically for students of performing arts colleges and conservatoires, and their teachers.

Make an enquiry

All enquiries welcome! If you are interested in booking this course, or just need some more information, please complete the form below and one of our team will be in touch. Or email us direct at

Tonic – For greater equality, diversity and inclusion in the arts