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Abid Hussain

Abid Hussain is Director, Diversity with responsibility for delivering the Arts Council’s work on equality, diversity and inclusion.

He currently leads on the delivery of the organisation’s Inclusivity & Relevance Investment Principle, Equality Objectives and All In; a UK wide scheme to improve the experience of disabled people attending arts and cultural events.

He is an alumnus of the U.S International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) and the Salzburg Global Seminar and has recently completed his MBA at Aston University.

Abid has extensive experience of working with cultural agencies, government and academia internationally and has contributed to several international conferences and academic texts and journals in his field of expertise.

Outside of work Abid has served as a Vice Chair of Governors at Anderton Park School in Birmingham, volunteered as a youth and student mentor for Mosaic and Aston University.

The Vital Spark behind everything we do

We believe that all children should be able to experience arts and culture, and that they should be able to see themselves represented in these experiences. This is not yet the case for every child and we’re committed to changing that.

Our response is Vital Spark, and it's at the heart of everything we do. Vital Spark is about challenging and changing the lack of diversity in children’s arts and culture; it’s about diverse-led artistic decision making; it’s about not being afraid to stand up for what’s right.

We do this by supporting artists who are currently underrepresented in children’s arts and culture. We also work with partner organisations to create world-class opportunities for these artists and share best practice.