In June 2020, in support of the global Black Lives Matter protests calling for urgent action to address racism - specifically anti-blackness - and injustice in all areas of society, we published a statement pledging our ongoing commitment to ensuring the Gallery is a place of active inclusivity and opportunity – especially for those currently most under-represented in the sector as well as an outline of our values and commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. These can be found below
Over the last year we have been working with staff, trustees, peers and consultants to design and implement actions that evidence and support our aim to be an organisation that is fully reflective and representative of the communities we exist for, and the society we live in.
This has included:
- A training programme, Allyship in the Workplace with consultants, The Other Box, offered to all staff
- The development of a dedicated staff-led task force, comprising five working groups, each focused on a different area of TPG’s work to drive change in relation to: Employment & Recruitment; Organisational Culture; Programme; Audience Development and Communications
- Foregrounding our Diversity & Inclusion work as one of 7 Organisational Goals moving forward
In Autumn 2021, we will publish a list of specific actions we are taking to meet our objectives.
Progress will be reviewed regularly with Trustees and Executive team and monitored internally and with the support of consultants to ensure progress and accountability.
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Our EDI Values:
The Photographers' Gallery believes that a diverse and equal society is essential for creativity, innovation and engagement and has, since its founding been committed to supporting and showcasing a broad range of contributors and practice that reflect the world we live in.
We further recognise the role that cultivating and enabling a diverse workforce plays in sustaining the social, economic, environmental, physical and mental wellbeing of our organisation and strive to ensure that TPG offers an inclusive and welcoming environment for all those who work for, or with, us.
The 2010 Equality Act provides us with a clear legislative framework for addressing discrimination in the workplace, actively promoting diversity and implementing equality of opportunity for all persons. We acknowledge that ‘diversity’ relates to multiple considerations including, but not limited to, race, religion or belief, gender and sexual orientation, age, disability, civil status, pregnancy and maternity/paternity rights.
Our EDI Commitments:
- We offer regular and specialist training to ensure that all Staff, Executives and Trustees are educated, accountable and equipped with effective tools and strategies to counter unconscious bias and combat any instances of racist or discriminatory behaviour, institutionally or individually.
- We follow specific and informed measures that ensure equal access, representation and opportunities for currently under-represented groups within our workforce, collaborators, participants and audiences.
- We commit to implementing specific and measurable recruitment procedures to diversify our workforce – especially in senior positions - and to evidence creative and professional development pathways for ethnic minorities and other currently under-represented groups within our organisation.
- We ensure that any creative or employee decision-making bodies (including juries, selection or interview panels) adhere to best EDI practice and are reflective of EDI values.
- We commit to increasing accessibility initiatives for people who are differently abled, have learning difficulties or other impairments that may restrict their engagement with the Gallery both physically and online.
- We take a zero tolerance approach to racism, discrimination or bias towards any individual or group and will take appropriate action against any instances we are made aware of.
- We will regularly monitor, review and adapt both our commitment and action plan to remain relevant and effective and report progress to staff, trustees, stakeholders and other relevant parties.