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20/03/2015

To: Derrick Lynch, Pim Baxter Cc: ‘george.ruddock@gvmedia.co.uk’, ‘newsdesk@gvmedia.co.uk’, ‘info@irr.org.uk’, ‘info@obv.org.uk’, Helen Corcoran, gus.casely-hayford@soas.ac.uk

From:  Derrick Lynch (derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk)
Sent: 20 March 2015 17:46:17
To: Derrick Lynch (derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk); Pim Baxter (PBaxter@npg.org.uk)
Cc: ‘george.ruddock@gvmedia.co.uk’ (george.ruddock@gvmedia.co.uk); ‘newsdesk@gvmedia.co.uk’ (newsdesk@gvmedia.co.uk); ‘info@irr.org.uk’ (info@irr.org.uk); ‘info@obv.org.uk’ (info@obv.org.uk); Helen Corcoran (HCorcoran@npg.org.uk); gus.casely-hayford@soas.ac.uk (gus.casely-hayford@soas.ac.uk)

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford for Race Relations


From: Derrick Lynch

Sent: 20/03/2015 17:16

To: Pim Baxter

Cc: ‘george.ruddock@gvmedia.co.uk’; ‘newsdesk@gvmedia.co.uk’; ‘info@irr.org.uk’; ‘info@obv.org.uk’; Helen Corcoran

Subject: Race Relations at the National Portrait Gallery.

Dear Pim Baxter,

Thank you for your reply.

I’m glad to hear that efforts are being made to improve Race Relations at the National Portrait Gallery.

Are you Pim Baxter a White person? Yes or no.

Are you Pim Baxter a Racist? Yes or no.

Kind regards

Derrick Lynch, Black, Male, IC3, B9, BEUR.

Victim of Racism.


From: Pim Baxter

Sent: 20/03/2015 15:56

To: ‘derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk’

Cc: ‘george.ruddock@gvmedia.co.uk’; ‘newsdesk@gvmedia.co.uk’; ‘info@irr.org.uk’; ‘info@obv.org.uk’; Helen Corcoran

Subject: Response to your e-mail of 17 March 2015

Dear Mr Lynch

Thank you for your email of Tuesday 17 March 2015, following your correspondence with my colleague Helen Corcoran. I was pleased to learn that you are a regular visitor to the Gallery, and I discussed your enquiry regarding Gallery staff with relevant senior colleagues.

Just as the Collection celebrates the achievements of a diverse range of sitters, as an employer, the National Portrait Gallery is also committed to equality and diversity.

The National Portrait Gallery is committed to the equal treatment of all employees, applicants for posts, others that work with the Gallery and visitors, and requires all employees to abide by and adhere to this principle.

The Gallery is committed to employing a workforce that represents, as far as is practicable, the population from which employees are recruited.

The Gallery’s Equality Policy, which actively informs all recruitment activity at the Gallery, can be viewed via the Gallery’s website: www.npg.org.uk/about/corporate/gallery-policies/equality-policy.php

This Equality Policy is complemented by the Equality Action Plan (attached), and by the ongoing work of the Gallery’s Equality Steering Group, which meets regularly to monitor equality issues, and works alongside the Disability Action Group to ensure that best practice is maintained throughout the organisation.

Although there are presently no black people in the Gallery’s internal Senior Management team, the prominent black Briton Dr Gus Casely-Hayford sits on the Gallery’s governing body, the Board of Trustees.

Should an opening arise for a new appointment to the Gallery’s internal Senior Management team, measures are in place to ensure that all applicants, regardless of race, receive equal opportunity.

For the latest information about the National Portrait Gallery, please visit our website:www.npg.org.uk/aboutus

For information about Gallery staff, please see the Report 12/13/14:www.npg.org.uk/about/gallery-planning-and-policies/review-20121314.php  

Once again, thank you for your email. I do hope that you will be able to visit the National Portrait Gallery again in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

Pim

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Pim Baxter
Acting Director
National Portrait Gallery  St Martin’s Place  London WC2H 0HE 

020 7312 2448 020 7306 0056  www.npg.org.uk

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From: Derrick Lynch [mailto:derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: 17 March 2015 10:47
To: Pim Baxter; Helen Corcoran; george.ruddock@gvmedia.co.uknewsdesk@gvmedia.co.uk;info@irr.org.ukinfo@obv.org.uk
Subject: RE: National Portrait Gallery Racism


Dear Pim Baxter,

I am Derrick Lynch. I am a Black, male, IC3, B9, BEUR. I am a regular visitor to the National Portrait Gallery.

Helen Corcoran has informed me that there are no Black people in senior management and directorship positions at the National Portrait Gallery.

There appears to be a Race Relations problem at the National Portrait Gallery.

Can you please explain the reason there are no Black people in senior management and directorship positions at the National Portrait Gallery?

Kind regards

Derrick Lynch, IC3, B9, BEUR
Victim of Racism


From: Helen Corcoran

Sent: 17/03/2015 09:55

To: ‘Derrick Lynch’

Subject: RE: National Portrait Gallery Racism

Dear Mr Lynch,

Thank you for your email.

The Gallery’s Acting Director is Pim Baxter: pbaxter@npg.org.uk (this information is publically available via the Gallery’s website).

Yours sincerely,

Helen

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Helen Corcoran
Manager, Communications
National Portrait Gallery  St Martin’s Place  London WC2H 0HE

020 7321 6610 020 7306 0056  www.npg.org.uk

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This e-mail, and any attachment, is intended only for the attention of the addressee(s). Its unauthorised use, disclosure, storage or copying is not permitted. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy all copies and inform the sender by return e-mail. Please consider the environment; do you really need to print this email?

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From: Derrick Lynch [mailto:derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: 16 March 2015 20:32
To: Helen Corcoran
Subject: RE: National Portrait Gallery Racism

Dear Helen,

Please can I have the direct email of the Director.

Kind regards

Derrick Lynch IC3, B9, BEUR


From: Helen Corcoran

Sent: 16/03/2015 17:06

To: ‘derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk’

Subject: RE: National Portrait Gallery Racism

Dear Mr Lynch,

Thank you for your email.

If you would like to complain formally about any aspect of National Portrait Gallery activity, please address a formal letter to the Gallery’s Director at the address given below.

Yours sincerely,

Helen

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Helen Corcoran
Manager, Communications
National Portrait Gallery  2 St Martin’s Place  London WC2H 0HE

020 7321 6610 020 7306 0056  www.npg.org.uk

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This e-mail, and any attachment, is intended only for the attention of the addressee(s). Its unauthorised use, disclosure, storage or copying is not permitted. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy all copies and inform the sender by return e-mail. Please consider the environment; do you really need to print this email?

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From: Derrick Lynch [mailto:derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: 16 March 2015 15:56
To: Helen Corcoran; george.ruddock@gvmedia.co.uknewsdesk@gvmedia.co.ukinfo@irr.org.uk;info@obv.org.uk
Subject: National Portrait Gallery Racism


Dear Helen,

Horrific news!

Who is responsible for the dreadful Racial state of affairs at the National Portrait Gallery?

I need an explanation for what appears to be White Supremacy at the National Portrait Gallery.

Please direct me to the person/s responsible.

Kind regards

Derrick Lynch


From: Helen Corcoran

Sent: 16/03/2015 15:46

To: ‘Derrick Lynch’; george.ruddock@gvmedia.co.uknewsdesk@gvmedia.co.ukinfo@irr.org.uk;info@obv.org.uk

Subject: RE: National Portrait Gallery

Dear Derrick,

Thank you for your email.

Further to my previous email, in answer to your question I can confirm that no issues have arisen relating to race relations with respect either to staff or visitors.

The percentages of visitors and staff who are BAME are shown in the Gallery’s Report 12/13/14:www.npg.org.uk/about/gallery-planning-and-policies/review-20121314.php  

There are presently no BAME staff at senior staff/directorial level.

Yours sincerely,

Helen

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Helen Corcoran
Manager, Communications
National Portrait Gallery  St Martin’s Place  London WC2H 0HE

020 7321 6610 020 7306 0056  www.npg.org.uk

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This e-mail, and any attachment, is intended only for the attention of the addressee(s). Its unauthorised use, disclosure, storage or copying is not permitted. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy all copies and inform the sender by return e-mail. Please consider the environment; do you really need to print this email?

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From: Derrick Lynch [mailto:derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: 16 March 2015 15:16
To: Helen Corcoran; george.ruddock@gvmedia.co.uknewsdesk@gvmedia.co.ukinfo@irr.org.uk;info@obv.org.uk
Subject: National Portrait Gallery Race Relations

Dear Helen,

Thank you for the links but I am unable to find the answers to my specific questions.

Who do you recommend to give the specific answers on behalf of the National Portrait Gallery?

Kind regards

Derrick Lynch
Black, male, IC3, B9, BEUR


From: Helen Corcoran

Sent: 16/03/2015 14:34

To: ‘derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk’

Subject: Re: Your visit to the National Portrait Gallery

Dear Mr Lynch,

               

Thank you for your email.

To learn more about the Gallery’s staff,  please do see the Gallery’s Report 2012/13/1/4:www.npg.org.uk/about/gallery-planning-and-policies/review-20121314.php  

Please also see the Gallery’s Annual Report and Accounts 2013/14 for information:www.npg.org.uk/assets/files/pdf/accounts/npgaccounts2013-14.pdf

The summaries of the Gallery’s programmes, also included in these reports, indicate the breadth of the Gallery’s approach – which was outlined in my previous email.

I do hope that you will be able to visit the National Portrait Gallery again in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

Helen

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Helen Corcoran
Manager, Communications
National Portrait Gallery  St Martin’s Place  London WC2H 0HE

020 7321 6610 020 7306 0056  www.npg.org.uk

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This e-mail, and any attachment, is intended only for the attention of the addressee(s). Its unauthorised use, disclosure, storage or copying is not permitted. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy all copies and inform the sender by return e-mail. Please consider the environment; do you really need to print this email?

—————————————————————————-From: Derrick Lynch [mailto:derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: 15 March 2015 10:54
To: Helen Corcoran; george.ruddock@gvmedia.co.uknewsdesk@gvmedia.co.ukinfo@irr.org.uk;info@obv.org.uk
Subject: RE: Your visit to the National Portrait Gallery


Dear Helen,

How are Race relations at the National Portrait Gallery?

Are there any Black people in Senior Management and Directorship positions?

I am a Black, male, IC3, B9, BEUR, see attached. I am a victim of Racism.

Kind regards

Derrick Lynch.


From: Helen Corcoran

Sent: 13/03/2015 12:51

To: ‘derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk’

Subject: Your visit to the National Portrait Gallery

Dear Mr Lynch,

Thank you for taking the time to complete a visitor comment form when you visited the National Portrait Gallery recently. I was sorry to learn of your disappointment, and I shared your comments regarding the representation of people of colour in the Gallery’s Collection with relevant colleagues.  The Gallery takes this issue very seriously, and increasing the diversity of those represented in the Collection is a key priority.

The National Portrait Gallery collects portraits of those who have made, and are making, a significant contribution to British history and culture. With limited display space available inside the Gallery building, portraits are subject to rotation, and are loaned nationally and internationally in an effort to expose as many works as possible to the public view. The majority of the Gallery’s portraits which are not currently on show can be viewed via the website:www.npg.org.uk/collections   

The National Portrait Gallery was established in 1856, and the nature of the Gallery and its collecting policies have developed over time. Today the Gallery’s governance includes prominent black Britons, including Dr Gus Casely-Hayford on the Board of Trustees, and although historical portraits of people of colour living and working in Britain are less common (leading to under-representation in the historical collections), the Gallery is actively trying to improve representation across in the whole Collection through commissions and acquisitions.  The Gallery also regularly programmes public talks and events, and temporary displays which address this issue (including the forthcoming display of portraits by Ketaki Sheth, which will open on 13 April 2015, whose work explores the nature of belonging and cultural diasporas).

The following twenty-four portraits of people of colour are currently on display at the Gallery and at partner organisations in the UK and overseas: www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait-list.php?search=ap&firstRun=true&title=&npgno=&eDate=&lDate=&medium=&subj=2001;Theme&subSubject=225;Diversity&set=&searchCatalogue=&od=restrict&submitSearchTerm.x=40&submitSearchTerm.y=6 

The Gallery’s Collection can be searched online using the Search the Collection tool on the website; the following page shows the results of the ‘Advanced Search’ for ‘Diversity’, detailing the related 1,753 portraits in the Gallery’s Collection:www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait-list.php?search=ap&firstRun=true&title=&npgno=&eDate=&lDate=&medium=&subj=2001%3BTheme&subSubject=225%3BDiversity&set=&searchCatalogue=&submitSearchTerm_x=16&submitSearchTerm_y=11&wPage=0

Portraits recently acquired for the Gallery’s Collection include the historical portrait of Mary Seacole, and contemporary images, such as the portrait of Tinie Tempah, amongst others:www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw84190/Mary-Jane-Seacole-ne-Grant?LinkID=mp70879&search=sas&sText=Mary+seacole&role=sit&rNo=0   /www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw206876/Tinie-Tempah-Patrick-Chukwuemeka-Okogwu?LinkID=mp127933&search=sas&sText=Tinie+Tempah++&role=sit&rNo=0.

To complement the permanent Collection, the Gallery stages exhibitions and displays and talks and events which explore the nature of portraiture.  Recent Gallery displays focusing on people of colour include Under Exposed (www.npg.org.uk/whatson/display/2008/underexposed.php?searched=black+actors&advsearch=allwords&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highlight1+ajaxSearch_highlight2) and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (www.npg.org.uk/whatson/display/2012/samuel-coleridge-taylor-1875-1912.php).

The major national touring exhibition, Ben Okri on Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: A Dialogue Across Time, is an example of the work the Gallery is undertaking with organisations across the UK: the portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (Job ben Solomon) (1701-1773) by William Hoare, 1733, is the earliest known British oil portrait of a freed slave, and the first portrait to honour an African subject as an individual and an equal. On loan from Qatar Museums Authority/Orientalist Museum, Doha, the portrait formed the core of a significant national tour which culminated in a special display at the Gallery, which was complemented by a season of public talks and events. The portrait is currently on display in the Gallery, and information about Ben Okri on Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: A Dialogue Across Time can be found online:www.npg.org.uk/whatson/diallo/home.php  

In 2001 Caroline Bressey conducted a Research Study on Representations of Ethnic Minorities in the Collections of the National Portrait Gallery, and her findings are available in the Gallery’s Library: www.npg.org.uk/research/archive.php. Visitors to the Gallery’s website can also explore the Abolition of the Slave Trade tour, which offers a different perspective on portraits in the historical collections: www.npg.org.uk/learning/digital/history/abolition-of-slavery/abolition-trail.php   

Once again, thank you for your constructive feedback, which will be taken into consideration as the Gallery continues to try to expand the representation of people of colour in the Collection. I do hope that you enjoy exploring the Gallery further online, and that you will be able to visit the Gallery in person in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

Helen

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Helen Corcoran
Manager, Communications
National Portrait Gallery  St Martin’s Place  London WC2H 0HE

020 7321 6610 020 7306 0056  www.npg.org.uk

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