Risks, Rights and Reputations


Rights, Risks and Reputations is a new programme being developed collaboratively by Index on Censorship, What Next? and Cause4. Funded by the Arts Council England, it aims at ensuring arts and cultural organisations and individual practitioners across the country have the tools to handle difficult subjects and sensitive stories to deliver the best work possible.

Navigating the rights and responsibilities of art that explores socially sensitive work while respecting the right to protest can appear daunting, risky and time-consuming.  The prospect of controversy, police intervention and possible closure or cancellation because the work is provocative, or the funder is controversial, can be powerful disincentives.


What Next? is leading the strand of activity that will provide colleagues across the country with training, mentoring and resources to lead local activity and support colleagues to connect. It builds on the toolkit What Next? developed with support from the Theatre Development Trust and Paul Hamlyn Foundation to help organisation Meet Ethical and Reputational Challenges and the learning from that project that in order to take risks you need to feel empowered and supported by processes and colleagues.

Alongside the Risks, Rights & Reputations Ambassadors Programme, Index on Censorship and Cause4 are leading half-day workshops for Chief Executives and Chairs of Trustees. For further information please visit Index on Censorship.

Find out more about the What Next? Ambassadors Programme and how to apply.

Supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Theatre Development Trust