Dear dancers, movers and makers,

A couple of days ago we shared a list of links to work by dance artists of colour and diverse heritage.

It has been brought to our attention that this was inappropriate, unwelcome and a performative demonstration. We want to publicly own this error and offer our sincere and absolute apology.

We did not check with those artists if it was appropriate or desired. We have been part of a trend in cultural organisations appropriating individuals and their work. We have contributed to injustice and peoples anger. We are truly, unequivocally sorry.

We would like to thank the people who have called us out on this, we regret the labour it has created.
We are listening.  But we do not expect you to educate us for free.

We acknowledge that we have not done enough and that we have a huge amount of work to do to represent and support dance artists of colour and diverse heritage in Wales and beyond: we want you to feel represented, welcomed, seen and heard by Groundwork. We acknowledge that we need to do more to make that happen.

We are getting on with that work.

Deb, Lara and Zosia

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