On 1st June 2020 we made a public statement in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognise that statements are not enough and our responsibility as an organisation must be to take action, to enable and accelerate real and long-term change.
Camden Art Centre is committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation and to actively dismantling systemic racism. We will start by interrogating white privilege within our organisation and thinking critically about how we operate, both internally and as part of the communities we serve. We also recognise the intersectionality of many of these issues, and will be reviewing the language and terminology that we use.
Camden Art Centre currently has one Black Trustee, and there are no Black people on our permanent staff. We recognise that Black people who are part of our organisation are employed on a freelance basis and as part of our exhibitions, learning, residencies and public programmes. This is not good enough and we are committed to increasing the representation of Black people across every aspect of our organisation.
We are making this initial pledge today setting out our first steps to actively combat racism at Camden Art Centre. We will consult our staff, trustees, volunteers, artists and external stakeholders to review our current plans and policies, identify where we need to improve and act, and begin to plan our next steps.
In October we will share our progress. We want to ensure this work is done with reflection, consultation and consideration, with our full staff team, and with time, space and finances set aside to support genuine learning and meaningful change.
We pledge to:
This will be a process of listening, learning, and of holding our staff, funders and peers to account. This pledge is the beginning, and we have a long way to go. We affirm our core commitment to becoming an anti-racist organisation and to prioritising and accelerating change.
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