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Diversity in the Arts

At Rural Arts, we champion diversity in all forms – across the arts and beyond.

We’re dedicating this page to celebrating the successes of artists from underrepresented backgrounds and marginalised groups. We will also use it to highlight how far we have to go to become a truly inclusive society, creatively and otherwise.

Rural Arts is committed to:

  • Anti-racism
  • Feminism
  • The social model of disability
  • LGBTQIA+ inclusivity

The Courthouse is breast-feeding and family friendly, providing free baby-changing and sanitary products. We have three private, gender-neutral bathrooms and a certified ‘Changing Place’ accessible bathroom.

You can download a copy of our Equal Opportunities Policy here.

Created in April 2023, this page will grow as we do.

Rural Arts presents the LGBTQIA+ Short Film Season, celebrating diverse voices in cinema! 

Rural Arts are pleased to invite filmmakers from the LGBTQIA+ community to submit short films to our Short Film Season. The season is dedicated to amplifying stories, experiences, and perspectives of the community through the art of short filmmaking. The themes of the films should either reflect and shed light on the struggles for rights and acceptance faced by the community throughout history, further our understanding of social injustices in the present, or depict your hopes for the future. 

Film Requirements 

Category: LGBTQIA+ History Month Shorts 


  1. Films should be 15 minutes or less, including titles and credits. 
  2. Narrative content and documentary projects accepted. 
  3. New and existing work is accepted. 
  4. Final selections will be screened at Rural Arts in Thirsk and include our online film festival. 


How to Apply 

To submit your film please complete the form attached here. 


(Please note that video applications are also accepted if this is your preferred method. A maximum of 5 minutes is allowed. Please answer the questions in the form above and submit via WeTransfer along with a link to the film.) 

Deadline 5pm 5th January 2024 Created in April 2023, this page will grow as we do.