MIF provides space for great artists from around the world to do extraordinary things: things they’ve always dreamed of doing, things they might not be able to do anywhere else. We’re transforming how artists can create this work through pioneering training, development and employment opportunities.
To ensure our recruitment process is fair and open we focus on relevant skills and experience, we anonymise all application submissions and our interview panels must undergo our Unconscious Bias training. We are in the process of delivering further training to all staff, as we believe it is important to be knowledgeable on inclusive practices and code of conduct.
MIF have an Equality working group that exists to benchmark highlight the diversity in our workforce and bring forward new ideas on how MIF can be more representative of our Manchester community.
You don’t have to come from an arts background to join MIF – the diversity in experience our employees bring is what enriches our workforce. Our Disability Confident and Stonewall accreditations are testament to the support we provide and our culture.
We are continually reviewing recruitment processes and our internal support for all employees as part of our ongoing commitment to diversifying the workforce in the creative industries.
We share our ideas with our international partners and collaborators to generate new thinking and debate. We believe in cultural democracy - that everyone has the right to help shape our culture.
We live by our values – open, determined, inventive, extraordinary and international. Central to our mission, vision and values is that our artists, audiences, participants and staff represent the diversity of our global city.
“My highlight has been joining the MIF Pride Group, and later becoming co-chair. The group works to improve LGBTQ+ equality and representation at MIF, and we’ve achieved a lot since forming in March/April 2019. We’ve signed MIF up to the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme, walked in the Manchester Pride Parade, and completed the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index which assesses how well MIF supports its LGBTQ+ employees and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole. This has been really important to me on a personal level, and as newly appointed co-chair of the group it’s a great professional opportunity as well.” – Martha Tomlinson, Development Administrator, and co-chair of the Pride Working Group