At AAL, we pride ourselves on championing “art for all”. This is a core part of our ethos and we are passionate about helping individuals to unlock their unique creative skills, regardless of their background or circumstances.
We are proud of our record here, but we also know we need to challenge ourselves to do more. In light of the Black Lives Matter protests and the wider conversation around diversity and inclusion, we are committing to identifying additional steps we can take to counter racism and the systemic barriers which marginalised communities experience. As such, we’re partway through consulting with our staff and community on how we will increase representation across all levels of the AAL, to reflect more closely the rich diversity of our localities – Southwark and Lambeth. The outcome of these discussions, together with the input from a network of external advisors, will inform an ambitious action plan which we will publish.
Our aim is to develop a culture where diversity is hard-wired into everything we do, is understood by all of us, and where we all have an opportunity to be a part of this ongoing conversation. We are committed to building on good foundations to be even more ambitious in this regard, and we look forward to publicising the details of our final action plan later this year.
Principal, Art Academy London