financial support, performance opportunities, and artist networking
The following documents have been developed by CDS Staff and Board as part of a process to better understand the impacts of intersecting privilege and oppression as they are expressed in our organisation and wider field. We are committed to doing better to understand, dismantle, and redress the racism within our organisation – today and in the context of our 40-year history. This needs to be integrated into everything we do, from the way we hold meetings, make decisions, appoint people to roles and responsibilities, and the programmes and opportunities that we create.
Interim Code of Conduct (Summary)
CDS aims to be a welcoming space for all of the present and future communities that benefit from our resources: Members, hirers, class participants, visiting artists and audiences. We seek to actively prioritise the safety and championing of those who are marginalised from other arts spaces, platforms and communities.
CDS does not tolerate any behaviour or language that shows intolerance or hostility towards, or may have an oppressive impact on others, including (but not limited to): racism, colourism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, misogyny, classism, xenophobia, fatphobia, body-shaming, or slut-shaming.
CDS will not tolerate:
The full document includes notes on active allyship and a procedure for breaches of the policy. It can be downloaded here:
We will aim to publish our interim feedback and complaints procedure by the end of October 2021.