10 Nov 2023

ACCA Statement in Support of Artists

ACCA is a platform for artists, and we fully support and respect their fundamental right to express their artistic and political views, without fear of retribution, in keeping with principles of freedom of cultural expression.

In keeping with our mission, vision and values, ACCA is equally a centre for the exchange of ideas, and we strive to create a safe and respectful space – for artists, audiences, our team, and the communities with whom we work – to create brave and at times challenging artistic works, and to engage in the conversations of our time.

In seeking to encourage cultural participation and debate, we aim to extend a duty of care and respect for the diverse perspectives which reflect our communities, whilst we resolutely stand against all forms of hate speech, bigotry and discrimination, including antisemitism and Islamophobia.

At this distressing time, we express our deepest sympathies to those affected by the devastating events in Gaza and Israel, which are deeply felt in our own communities. We join in calls for an end to violence and the pursuit of peace.

In this spirit we acknowledge the position of artists James Nguyen and Tamsen Hopkinson in relation to their current installation at ACCA and we respect their right to this action.

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Katrina Hall