ASTONish is a programme of cultural leadership and creative entrepreneur training and development aimed at emergent and established artists, musicians and creative entrepreneurs in Aston and Newtown launched in March 2017. The focus was to evaluate the successes and challenges of the programme, in particular some of the complexity and nuance in carrying out this work given the historical context of Aston and Newtown. Our evaluation made recommendations for future programmes and for policy makers who seek to address the current narrative around diversity in the arts and cultural sector. ASTONish was funded by Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England, produced by cultural consultant Lara Ratnaraja and Birmingham Hippodrome in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust.

Photography by Ines Elsa Dalal.