Tue 22 Dec 2020 - 14.45

Our Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at The Photographers’ Gallery

In June 2020, following the unlawful killing of George Floyd and 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 commitment to ensuring the Gallery is a place of active inclusivity and opportunity – especially for those currently most under-represented in the sector.   

Over the last months we have been working with staff, trustees, peers and consultants to create an effective set of principles and actions to help guide us in our goals to be an organisation that is fully reflective and representative of the communities we exist for and the society we live in.  While this is still only the beginning of developing new procedures and policies that will inform all areas of operations for the future, we hope it reflects a concrete responsibility to change.

Progress will be reviewed regularly with Trustees and Executive team and monitored internally and with the support of consultants to ensure progress and accountability.  Please contact comms@tpg.org.uk with any queries or for further information.

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. 

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*Original statement

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd in the US and the subsequent widespread protests against anti-blackness and police brutality, arts organisations across the world have been asked to show greater evidence of plans to combat institutional racism and inequality within their sector.  As a publicly funded Gallery, with a core belief that diversity is integral to creativity and innovation, we recognise we have a duty to speak out and act up in support.  Likewise we accept our responsibility to address any shortcomings in these areas and do better.  We are currently working with our staff and trustees on an agenda and plan for reform and change which we will share as soon as possible.  

Brett Rogers, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery. June 2020