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EQUALITY & DIVERSITY | POLICY

ATLAS Arts is committed to establishing a culture of equal opportunities and inclusion for all: users, audiences, workers, prospective workers, members and directors, and opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination. We recognise the aim of the Equality Act 2010 is to ‘harmonise discrimination law and to strengthen the law to support progress on equality. It replaces and extends the existing equality legislation on race, disability and gender and covers a total of 9 ‘protected characteristics’.  

 

These are:

1. Age  

2. Disability

3. Sex

4. Gender Reassignment

5. Marriage or civil partnership

6. Pregnancy and maternity

7. Race

8. Religion or belief

9. Sexual orientation

Every possible step will be taken to ensure that individuals are treated equally and fairly and that decisions on recruitment, selection, development and programming are based solely on objective criteria.

 


Statement of intent:  

ATLAS Arts strives to take an equitable approach to all aspects of the delivery of its artistic  programme and the development of the organisation. The organisation will endeavour to  take account of the complexity of difference, widen access and wherever possible provide  an equal experience for audiences. In addition we seek to engage those who have  

previously felt excluded from contemporary art.

We recognise that the arts are both the manifestation of culture as well as the means of  communication of cultural knowledge. We will encourage debate; foster an environment  where questions can be asked and voices heard.

ATLAS adheres to equal opportunities for staff and audiences. We actively seek  professional advice to ensure that we are engaging with equalities in every aspect of our  work. When programming we consider the importance of referencing specialists and  seeking advice from artists and creative practitioners and arts organisations who have  expertise with specific target groups. ATLAS will work with these experts and with the  target groups themselves to consider how best to widen accessibility around a project or  specific works.  

When programming we consider the importance of developing a culturally diverse  audience and also work to develop a programme of events and projects that widen access  to all individuals i.e. people with disabilities, people with learning difficulties, people from  low income households, people from different cultures, ethnic and linguistic back grounds.  The Gaelic language is of particular importance and ATLAS strives to include the language  when ever possible.

ATLAS will do this by creating a programme that is relevant to the place. We will continue  to research, pilot, develop and evaluate different approaches to making work with artists  and audiences and our long term strategy is to ensure that we mainstream equal  opportunity across all our planning, programming and audience development work.

Staff will receive equalities training. We see this as critical in enabling ATLAS to operate as  a well informed organisation, with good understanding of diverse experiences and  perspectives, able to stimulate artistic and public communities alike.

ATLAS will seek to source appropriate funds for projects to enable the organisation to  deliver these aims.

Access Statement:

ATLAS Arts is an arts organisation without walls that operates from an office. We take into account access for all events that we programme and make appropriate information to potential audience available when required.