Photoworks unequivocally expresses solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We condemn the violence and racism that black people experience every day, here in the UK and across the globe.
There is so much that the artworld and our industry can do to promote and advocate equality. Photoworks will continue to work to promote active change for Black artists and audiences. We, like so many others, have lots to do and to learn.
What are we going to do?
We will continue our commitment to featuring, commissioning and supporting Black artists. Not only making sure that our curatorial programme is representative overall but that the most transformative opportunities in our programme are accessed by Black artists and audiences.
We recognise that we need to do better: particularly in making sure that our core team and trustees are representative of the communities we engage with. Currently they are not and we know we need to work hard to change this.
This statement will remain on our website as a permanent fixture and we will update it with tangible measures of our progress.
We are working on and will soon publish a second part of this statement which will be an action plan to address inequality within our own sphere of influence and an update on the detailed steps we are taking as a team.
We recognise that we will, and should, be held to account for the way we address inequality. We will listen to our communities and welcome your comments via firstname.lastname@example.org