To use the creative arts to connect, empower, inspire and upskill society’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people, raising aspirations, building self-esteem, reducing isolation and enhancing wellbeing.
1. To tackle inequality by giving society’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people free access to the benefits of the creative arts.
2. To engage participants in tailored projects led by exceptional professional artists in areas where provision is poor and engagement is low.
3. To listen to, advocate for and give a voice to participants.
4. To connect, empower, inspire and upskill participants, developing creativity, raising self-esteem, enriching lives, reducing isolation and enhancing wellbeing.
5. To promote the value of creative arts engagement in achieving social outcomes.
6. To provide high quality work and training to a diverse pool of professional artists.
7. To create a society that is fairer, more caring, more inclusive and more sustainable.
six core values shape everything we do:
Our environmental commitment
We have been committed to our environmental responsibility since our foundation in 2003 and our Environmental Policy drives our actions. In November 2021, four of our Senior Leadership Team and five of our artists took part in Al Gore’s training programme to become Climate Reality Leaders. Current initiatives include:
• Monitoring targets set out in our Green Action Plan
• Providing training to our people to drive a sustainability agenda
• Walking, cycling or using public transport where possible
• Offering projects with an environmental focus to educate, inspire and motivate our participants
• Using reclaimed/recycled materials within relevant visual art projects
• Developing music projects using junk instruments, household objects and found sounds
• Offering our Create Live! digital delivery mechanism to partners, minimising travel
• Supporting those Create artists who have sustainability at the heart of their practice
Along with hundreds of other cultural organisations, we have declared that there is a climate emergency, and that we are committed to tackling it. Find out more here.
Our focus on sustainability
As a charity whose vision is for “a fair, caring, equal, inclusive, sustainable society in which the creative arts play a transformative role in empowering every individual to fulfil their potential”, we are committed to playing our part in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals where possible through our projects and employment / operational practices, in particular goals 3, 4, 5, 10 and 12.
our commitment to Equality, diversity & Inclusion
Equality, diversity and inclusion have been cornerstones of the charity since 2003, with two of our six values (Valuing the Individual and Integrity) reflecting this. Following detailed research and consultation we executed an ethnic diversity action plan in 2020 with measurable targets and actions to increase representation across the charity. The plan will be extended to include other protected characteristics during 2022. Our ambition is to be recognised as a beacon of excellence in the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion by 2026.