This week, we have quietened our channels as we believe that Black-led and Black-centred organisations are the voices that need to be heard most at this moment – and always – on issues of racial injustice. We are listening to organisations including Black Lives Matter, Color of Change and Museum Detox.
However as a public-facing organisation it is our responsibility to use our platform to challenge racism and structural inequality. We are committed to developing a diverse community of illustrators and decolonising the history of illustration. Continually questioning our work and challenging and addressing racism and underrepresentation is an integral part of that effort.
In the last year, we launched Pathways, a training and mentoring programme that aims to address underrepresentation of BAME author/illustrators in children’s publishing. Our recent exhibitions have explored issues including the connection between historic and current racial injustice and global anti-racist activism. We will continue to build on these actions.
We know there is far more for us to do. We commit to exhibiting more work by Black artists, developing more programmes with Black educators and professionals and addressing underrepresentation in our workforce.
We are actively listening, and we welcome your suggestions.