Ethical Practice

In-Situ practices within a stated code of ethics: a set of principles or considerations that inform how we work with others and the environment.

Ethical Art Practice

The word ethics can sometimes seem overly philosophical, or even like taking a moral high ground. However, as socially engaged practitioners, creative producers and an organisations commissioning socially engaged art, we are constantly working with others. In-situ believes that working within the realms of socially engaged practice requires a set of principles and considerations: an ethical practice.

At their core, ethical principles stress the need to do no harm to others. For in-situ, working in and with communities and responding to place, this covers human ethics and environmental ethics.  Accordingly, we have an ethical policy (click here link to our policy)

In practice, when working with people our ethical principles mean that In-Situ and those we commission:

  • Obtain informed consent from potential participants or those responsible for their well-being (e.g. parents);
  • Offer anonymity and confidentiality;
  • Refrain from deceptive or covert practice;
  • Avoid coercion
  • Give participants the right to withdraw from the project at any time.

Within socially engaged practice our endeavour is to:

  • Protect the rights to freedom of opinion, expression, and dissent
  • Uphold the right of all to an environment supportive of human dignity, bodily health, and spiritual wellbeing – without discrimination
  • Adopt working methods that safeguard human rights and community wellbeing:
  • Treat people with respect and consideration
  • Promote meaningful and active participation, as full and equal partners, decision makers, and beneficiaries
  • Protect the welfare, rights, dignity, and safety of all participants
  • Honour and support young people: enabling them to fulfil their essential role in creating sustainable societies
  • Provide transparency in decision-making
  • Encourage and support mutual understanding and cooperation
  • Provide timely information on all matters, activities, and development plans that local communities are likely to have an interest in or that will affect them

In relation to the environment and non-human beings, we are committed to:

  • Protecting the integrity of ecological systems, with special concern for biological diversity and the natural processes that sustain life
  • Treating all life forms with respect and consideration
  • Recognising that every form of life has value regardless of its worth to human beings
  • Safeguarding, wherever possible, viable nature and biosphere areas, including wild brownfield land
  • Leaving no litter
  • Actively seeking ways to reduce ecological impact in terms of energy and materials usage: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle materials, and managing the use of renewable resources such as water, soil, forest products in ways that protect the health of ecosystems
  • Reducing our carbon impact

Combining our human and environmental ethical principles, In-Situ will not knowingly work with, or purchase from, any organization that contributes to, or supports in any way:

  • Exploitation of people;
  • Exploitation of the environment, for example, unsustainable harvest of natural resources, deforestation and habitat destruction;
  • Testing on animals
  • The manufacture of chemicals which are persistent in the environment and linked to ecological or health concerns

As and Arts Council England NPO, In-Situ is proud to be connected with Julie’s Bicycle (’s-bicycle#section-1).

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