Pallant House Gallery Anti-Racism Statement
The staff and Trustees of Pallant House Gallery stand in solidarity with the Black community and with all who oppose racism and discrimination. Recent events have encouraged us to reflect on our role as a cultural organisation and how we can better represent modern Britain.
Pallant House Gallery exists to explore new perspectives on British art from 1900 to now. It is our role to expand, question and explore the parameters that define Modern British art so that our exhibitions and programmes are always relevant, rigorous and inclusive.
We acknowledge that we have much work to do to ensure our programme and collections, as well as our staff and board, reflect the diversity of the society in which we live. We are committed to making Pallant House Gallery a safe, welcoming and inspiring place for everyone.
However, making statements isn’t enough. We are committed to sustained change in our organisation and by October 2020 we will share a detailed report on the plans we are putting in place to make Pallant House Gallery more representative of Britain’s diversity.
Resources and further reading
We are committed to educating ourselves on the issues facing the black community today and how we can play a part in changing our sector to be more inclusive.
Here are just some of the resources we have been using. This is a growing list, which we will continue to add to. It may also be useful to you – please join us in our learning.
The Artists Who Pioneered Black British Art, Sleek Mag
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power by Godfrey and Whitley
My Soul Has Grown Deep: Black Art from the American South by Cheryl Finley, Randall R. Griffey, Amelia Peck, and Darryl Pinckney
Black artists in British Art: A History since the 1950s by Eddie Chambers
Black Art: A Cultural History by Richard J Powell
Art UK’s Art Matters podcast with Zoé Whitley, Director of Chisenhale Gallery and one of the co-curators of Tate’s 2017 exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.
@GreatWomenArtists (Instagram) – Art Historian and Curator Katy Hessel is using her platform for a series of takeovers by black women artists.
@Georgian_Diaspora (Instagram) – an inclusive digital museum of historic images of multi-ethnic peoples.