Our commitment to Equalities, diversity and inclusion

We take seriously our commitment to Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion and relish our responsibility to ensure an expansive range artists and artistic practices are visible and supported.

Our vision is for The Work Room to be a pioneer for diverse dance practices in Scotland and internationally. Our approach to EDI is practice led, supported by a deepening understanding of policy. We aim to make our programmes accessible, available and relevant to our membership - Scotland’s independent professional dance community. As an artist-led organisation, TWR reflects the needs of our members through the programmes we deliver. We are committed to expanding our membership and, as a learning organisation, adapting our operations, communications and programmes to meet the needs of existing and future members.

This vision is rooted in artistic development; a belief that dance resonates, and is relevant for more audiences when it is engaging with and reflecting the diversity of our communities. We champion a practice-led approach to EDI supported by a deepening understanding of policy. We believe that dance, should be at the forefront of social change and must include the experiences of those who are sometimes marginalised.

We developed our first EDI Action Plan in August 2016 and over the course of this area are focusing EDI objectives in the following areas:
—Disability; and encouraging the next generation of disabled dance artists
—Ethnicity; and increasing our membership from minority ethnic artists
—maternity/ parenting
—socio-economic status of artists