Training for the arts and cultural sector

Our experienced facilitators deliver training on equality, diversity and inclusion for organisations across the UK and beyond.


Tonic offers a wide range of training, comprising half-day and full-day workshops and sessions

After training, all participants will have a range of practical tools that they can apply in an arts context, an increased knowledge of how they can support their organisation’s commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and be able to appreciate the business, artistic and social rationale for their own organisation’s equality plans.

Our sessions are relevant for everyone working in the arts and culture, from someone who has just started their career through to executive-level staff and board members. They are appropriate for members of staff who want to bring themselves up to speed with the current thinking and fill in any gaps in their knowledge, as well as those looking to further deepen their understanding.

We are highly experienced at creating sessions with specific challenges in mind, for different levels of seniority and experience, and for wherever an organisation is in its journey towards greater equality, diversity and inclusion.

To ensure the quality of our training, we advise the number of attendees to be between 8 and 15, although of course we can discuss smaller or larger sessions.

All of our Tonic’s training is tailored to the arts and cultural sector.

We are offering the following courses online via Zoom or in person (as long as a COVID-safe space can be provided).

Unconscious Bias

Our standard Unconscious Bias Training is aimed at those who are new to the topic or who are keen to refresh/increase their knowledge.

The training provides participants with a clear understanding of what unconscious bias is, the impact it can have on how we make choices and interact with one another, and the role it can play in negatively impacting the diversity of an organisation’s workforce and output.

Participants are guided through a structured process of thinking around how unconscious bias can begin to be addressed, providing tools and actionable ‘takeaways’ so they can start making progress immediately.

Our standard session is appropriate to anyone who works in the arts and cultural sector. We also deliver specialist sessions, for specific groups such as boards, groups of executive-level staff, or for personnel involved in artistic decision-making processes.

Delivered as 2 x 90-minute sessions online OR 1 x 3.5 hour session in person

Introduction to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Crafted specifically for arts and cultural organisations, this training is for people at the outset of exploring Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, or who are keen to fill gaps in their existing knowledge. Providing a clear and concise introduction to the basics, Tonic’s Introduction to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion will provide participants with:

  • Understanding of the core principles: what the terms ‘equality’, ‘diversity’, ‘representation’ and ‘inclusion’ mean; how they differ and how they interconnect
  • Confidence with language and terminology
  • Safe space to ask any questions
  • The chance to consider the impact on their individual area of responsibility at work

Using examples specific to the performing arts to illustrate points and deepen understanding, the training seeks to dispel common misconceptions about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and embolden participants to make real change at work.

Delivered as 2 x 90-minute sessions online OR 1 x 3.5 hour session in person

Creating Inclusive Environments

Creating environments that are genuinely welcoming, enabling and are flexible to the varying needs of different individuals is vital to any organisation achieving greater equality, diversity and inclusion. Whether focusing on environments used by their staff, by visiting artists, or members of the public, this course gives participants the tools to make them more inclusive. 

Taking the concept of an ‘inclusive mindset’ as a central concept, the training encourages participants to consider how, by reframing their thinking about their working environments, they can be more attentive and responsive to the needs of others. 

Looking across both organisational culture and the practical realities of how environments operate, the training uses specific examples from the arts and culture, guiding participants through a structured process of thinking around the necessary steps needed to build truly inclusive environments.  

Delivered as 2 x 90-minute sessions online OR 1 x 3.5 hour session in person

Introduction to Disability and Inclusion

Our Introduction to Disability and Inclusion training is for anyone new to the topic or keen to refresh or update their knowledge. The training covers core principles around disability, access and inclusion, including:

  • The 2010 Equality Act 
  • Understanding the Social Model of Disability
  • Language: guidelines on acceptable terminology and when and how to use it
  • Access provision; key things to think about and put into place when working with disabled artists, staff and participants

Through structured reflection exercises participants will also be given the space to consider how they and their organisation could be more effective at benefitting from the skill, talent and contributions of disabled people. Participants will return to work with greater knowledge, confidence plus plenty of inspiration and ideas.

Delivered as 2 x 90-minute sessions online OR 1 x 3.5 hour session in person

In addition to these standard sessions, we are always happy to discuss the creation of bespoke training programmes. Please contact about your needs.


“Working with Tonic never feels ‘off the shelf’. They take time to really understand your organisation, helping you to focus on what you are trying to achieve and working back from your goal to create learning interventions that will affect real change.”
Greg Jauncey, HR and Training Manager, Royal Opera House

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

“There was so much to take away as food for thought… The course was run so brilliantly and it was great to engage with people from other organisations and learn from them as well.”
Training participant, Creating Inclusive Environments 

“It has been described by members of the team as the best training we’ve ever had.”
Sophie Fullerlove, Director & Chief Executive, The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre

“We came away with a really good understanding of what is meant by Unconscious Bias and how we can act differently in future to counter it.  On a personal level, it is a course that has made a genuine difference to the way that I think”
Kate Parry, Cumbria Museum Consortium Manager

“It was wonderful how the trainer created a relaxed atmosphere, in which different members of the company who don’t always interact, were able to voice their opinions and share their experiences… It was done in a fun and interactive way whilst being super relaxed and informative. Thank you!”
Training participant from SIX company