At Artswork we strive to make the arts and creativity available to absolutely everyone. We aim to break through barriers and develop new ways for people to discover the success, empowerment and sheer joy that the arts and creativity can bring to classrooms, communities and careers.
All of our work is underpinned by a clear set of organisational policies and procedures. Copies of key Artswork policies can be found at the links below.
We believe that creativity and culture are better when everyone is included. When working with Artswork, everyone can expect to be treated equitably and without discrimination.
Our anti-discrimination charter is a set of commitments and expectations that we are signing up to as individuals and as an organisation. It works alongside our Equalities Policy and Action Plan, which set targets to keep pushing forwards with the change we want to see.
Equal Opportunities Policy
Artswork is committed to the belief that all people are of equal value in a diverse society and that diverse views, skills and attributes should be recognised, nurtured and celebrated within our work. We recognise that discrimination and marginalisation create barriers that limit opportunities and negatively impact disabled people, those with low-incomes and people who experience racism, homophobic and transgender discrimination. We are committed to a social justice approach that recognises the power, creativity and leadership of those that have been under-served and we work to understand and dismantle systemic inequities in our policies, procedures and practices.
Inclusive engagement in arts and cultural practice for all children and young people is central to our mission and values. We specifically work to remove barriers to arts engagement and to support participation in creative activities for those groups whose current level of participation is disproportionately low.
Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults at Risk – Policy and Procedures
Artswork has a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk engaged in our work and to keep them safe. We are committed to working together to protect those participants who engage with our services and to provide staff and volunteers with guidance and information that ensures our policy and procedures are followed.
We will ensure that all suspicions and allegations of abuse or welfare concerns will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately, and that staff and volunteers know how to respond to disclosures or concerns.
This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, freelance workers, agency staff, students, apprentices, trainees, interns or anyone working on behalf of Artswork.
Climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse affect us all. This is a crisis affecting 8 billion people and it will take all 8 billion of us to solve it. Children and young people are disproportionately affected. They have made little direct contribution to the problems caused by burning fossil fuels and intensive resource use, yet they will experience the harshest consequences of this legacy. Similarly, communities and peoples marginalised because of social-economic background and race inequities are more likely to experience air and water pollution, lack access to green space and are more at risk from climate vulnerability.
Every sector of our economy needs to rapidly transition and decarbonise, this is a whole society transformation, and the arts and creativity have a unique and significant role in this transformation. In a world where creative engagement has the power to broaden horizons, inspire activism and solutions, generate a sense of wonder and enable us to imagine different futures, environmental justice and a zero carbon society is possible. This is choral music; we need a mass of voices to rise up and resonate in harmony for the right to life for all species. We need to be a collective and just instrument of change. It means doing things differently and being an advocate, working through partnership, collaboration and knowledge sharing, to encourage the people we work with to explore these issues, take actions to reduce their own impact and share this journey with us.
Artswork is a charity based in Hampshire. We work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to increase opportunities for children and young people to lead, participate, develop, work in and enjoy arts and culture.
In our fundraising, we strive to give our supporters the best experience we can, so that together we can do more to empower children and young people through arts and culture – particularly children and young people deemed at risk.
We are committed to protecting your personal information, and being transparent about what information we hold about you. The purpose of this policy is to give a clear explanation of how we collect and use your personal data, and your options regarding the data we store. We use your information in accordance of all applicable laws concerning protection of personal information, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR).