OUR PLAN OF ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THE BLACK LIVES MATTER AGENDA
The shocking murder of George Floyd, and subsequent events globally have triggered a profound moment where we are all challenged to consider our part in the Black Lives Matter agenda, and to act to oppose structural racism in society, in the sector and in the gallery. A particularly corrosive form of racism is part of every black person’s lived experience in Cornwall, and for this to change requires all of us to work together. As an organisation, a first step is recognising, naming and addressing our own failings. The vast majority of staff and volunteers are white, as are all of our management team and Trustees. That must change.
Moving forward we want to commit to actions, and to hold ourselves to account if we fail to make the progress we promise. In the short-term, we have identified five actions:
- Between now and October 2020, we will shape our plans to challenge structural racism. We will share much of this research and discussion with our audiences, to help us move forward on the issue together. A series of talks and discussions associated with our current programme will be announced soon.
- By October 2020 we will announce an Anti-Racism Action Plan, as part of our existing Creative Case For Diversity, and will publish our progress against it on our website.
- By October 2020 we will have explored funding opportunities, with the aim of appointing staff members from black or minority ethnic backgrounds to our team.
- By January 2021 we aim to address the lack of representation by black people on our Board, not in the expectation that they will carry the responsibility for our work on anti-racism, but because, they will help us become a better organisation.
- We will work harder to influence change across the arts and cultural sector locally and nationally, working with our networks and partnerships to help achieve wider systemic change.
If you feel that in any way you can help us make the progress we are planning, please contact James Green, Director of Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange.