Statement on anti-racism

Southbank Centre takes anti-racism extremely seriously and we are engaging with this at the most senior levels of our organisation. We recognise there is more to do and we are currently listening to our staff and shaping our thinking about what we need to change internally and the role we can play externally to help drive change. We stand proudly in solidarity with our staff, our artists, and all communities who are voicing their anguish and anger at this time. We will continue to use our platforms to amplify Black voices and call for urgent and immediate action to stamp out racism and inequality.

We will publicly share the steps that we are taking once we have consulted with our staff and those we work with.

As it stands, the future of Southbank Centre - alongside all other UK arts organisations - is uncertain, due to the implications of the COVID- 19 crisis. We will do what we can in the short term, whilst ensuring that as we emerge from the crisis, the Southbank Centre makes anti-racism central to our recovery, so that we are even more representative of our audiences and of society more widely.

Southbank Centre is committed to the fight to evoke change in every way possible. We see you and we hear you.

Elaine Bedell and the Executive Team