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NB. This statement is currently being reviewed (April 2021).

Over the last 26 years, Gasworks has been committed to supporting artists from across the world through our artistic programmes. Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of everything that we do. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and will continue to do our part in providing a platform and open dialogue for those that suffer from discrimination due to race, ability, gender, sexuality or religious beliefs.

We acknowledge that this work will never stop and that there is no room for complacency in the struggle for racial justice. We will continue to revise our policies and strategies as an organisation and increase our race awareness as individuals. We are reviewing our internal recruitment policies and action plans to include clearer and more specific language around our anti-racist and intersectional stance. We are also consulting with our staff, board and external advisors to provide training on the nature of unconscious bias and the future of anti-racist working.

We are discussing these issues with peer organisations who form part of the Common Practice network in order to share resources and knowledge, as well as combine budgets to offer further training to our staff and board.

Below is a brief evidence-based overview of data collected across the year 2019/20 to demonstrate the work that we have produced. This data is provided to the Arts Council on an annual basis as part of our reporting requirements. Gasworks believes in being proactive to fulfil the commitments we made to our colleagues, artists and visitors. We wish to state that Gasworks does not programme its activity to fulfil any statistical ambitions as both staff recruitment and artistic programmes are based on relevant skills, artistic excellence and merit; however the statement below has been put together to ensure transparency of our work and commitment to diversity. Please also note, all names of artists and staff have been removed to ensure privacy.

If you would like to contact us about our race and equality statement, please email info@gasworks.org.uk

Gasworks Race and Equality Statement July 2020