Leisure and Arts

Sector Overview

Leisure and arts is a hugely exciting world to be a part of and, with such a wide range of organisations and job roles, it can be a challenge to work out where you best fit. From museums, to heritage sites and theatre, working in this sector will often see you at the forefront of ensuring the best experience your customers – in all their diversity.

Although currently underrepresented in the Top 100, leisure and arts employers are building momentum, with more and more recognising their role in supporting and celebrating LGBT staff, volunteers and customers. In particular, many organisations are using their external influence to tell more LGBT stories and increase the representation of LGBT people in their fields and customer bases. The high-profile work they produce, often for large audiences, makes the impact of this work even greater.

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In Focus

Leisure and Arts - Nick Virk

Nick Virk, Assistant Producer, Tate

What does your job involve?

I’m an assistant producer, making films and writing pieces for the website. I love stories. I love telling them and I love how they can make you empathise and understand other perspectives. It’s a creative and fulfilling job – I’m learning a lot and as part of my role I get to tell a whole range of new stories to underprivileged audiences who’ve never been able to engage with art.

As an LGBT person, what’s it like working in the arts?

It has its challenges, because being LGBTQ+ in a society that values heteronormativity is always going to be hard. Having said that, I find myself quite lucky. There’s a freedom to express yourself and creativity is encouraged. Although people might stare at my painted nails and the way I’m dressed on the way to work, I’m comfortable once I get there as the arts sector is full of like-minded individuals who happily embrace the fact that I’m queer.

What’s it like being LGBT at Tate?

It’s normal. That doesn’t mean everyone is LGBTQ+, but it means you’re not treated any differently. Tate understands that I have a voice that should be heard, because of my background and life experience. You feel like you belong and that’s what matters.

At work, how do you think being LGBT relates to other parts of your identity?

I’m a brown queer boy. Neither my skin colour or sexuality define me, but they’re elements of my identity that I now embrace whole-heartedly. In the workplace, it can be quite intimidating when others don’t look like you and most people higher up are white and
heterosexual. You wonder if they’ll understand your perspective. For that to happen, they need to understand their privilege. That can be a hard ask for many. At Tate, I use it to my advantage and emphasise how my perspective needs to be heard in an environment where it’s so rare.