THE PHLOX INITIATIVE
The Naughton Gallery is making a commitment to the active promotion of diversity and inclusion in all that we do across lines of gender, race, religion, politics, age, sexuality, and beyond.
Inspired by the title of our 2017 illustration exhibition, our Phlox Initiative seeks to tackle tokenism and exclusion, striving for significant and meaningful change. We endeavour to make our exhibitions, commissions, events, and acquisitions Phlox certified, challenging ourselves to amplify fresh voices and champion vital perspectives.
Between June 2016 and September 2020, the Gallery has exhibited work by over 120 visual artists.
- 51% of the exhibited artists have been male.
- 45% of the exhibited artists have been female.
- 4% of the exhibited artists have been non-binary.
- 55% of the Gallery’s solo exhibitions have been presented by male artists.
- 45% of the Gallery’s solo exhibitions have been presented by female artists.
- 26% of the exhibited artists have been from the LGBTQ+ community.
- 29% of the exhibited artists have been People of Colour.
- 73% of the exhibited artists have been based internationally.
- 83% of the exhibited artists have never shown work in Northern Ireland.
- Commissions and acquisitions for the University’s permanent Collection have been by 50% male artists and 50% female artists.
Throughout our entire programme we aim to be as diverse and inclusive as possible in terms of the artists with whom we work and the art we exhibit. Whilst we feel we have made significant achievements both prior to and since our programme relaunch in June 2016, we recognise that there is more to be done. Through the Phlox Initiative we will promote a wide range of voices, both local and international, in an effort to best reflect the diversity of the world in which we live as we strive for greater equality and inclusivity across our full portfolio.