Barbican staff say it is ‘institutionally racist’ despite action plan

Book details more than 100 instances of alleged prejudicial behaviour at the arts organisation

The Barbican has been described as “institutionally racist” by its own staff, who have compiled dozens of alleged incidents that they say show the cultural organisation has failed to live up to anti-racism commitments it made a year ago.

Current and former staff have shared stories anonymously and collated them in a book that contains more than 100 instances of alleged prejudicial behaviour, including senior staff openly using racist language and a wider culture in which racist incidents are not investigated and career progress is curtailed for staff of colour.

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