National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) aims to engage, inform and inspire the broadest possible public.  We welcome a wide and diverse audience to our galleries in Edinburgh and to our online collection, as well as to our outreach and touring programmes throughout Scotland and beyond.  We recognise that different groups of people have different needs when it comes to accessing the national collection of art or working for NGS, and we endeavour to meet those needs wherever possible in order to provide everyone with access to the same opportunities and experiences. 

As a public body in Scotland, we are subject to the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and in particular the Public Sector Equality Duty, also known as the General Equality Duty.  The purpose of this duty is to ensure that public bodies such as NGS contribute positively to a more equal society by advancing equality for those groups known to suffer from inequality and building good relations between different groups.  We are required to consider equalities in the design and delivery of our functions and services and ensure that we do not discriminate against any protected groups.  The personal characteristics protected in the Equality Act 2010 have been extended from previous equalities legislation and are: Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Marriage or Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex and Sexual Orientation. 

To assist Scottish public authorities, including NGS, in performing the General Equality Duty, specific duties were created by secondary legislation in the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012.  These regulations require us, among other duties, to:

  • Publish a set of equality outcomes and report on progress against these
  • Report on the progress we have made to mainstream the general equality duty in our work
  • Gather and use employee information
  • Publish gender pay gap information
  • Publish statements on equal pay and occupational segregation

Our responses to each of these requirements are available using the document links on the right hand side of this page.  An outline of the equality outcomes we wish to achieve is given below.


Equality Outcomes

NGS aims to achieve the following results over the next four years to further the needs of the General Equality Duty:

  1. Visitors feel welcome at NGS and have the appropriate information and support to enable them to make the most of their experience
  2. People who share a protected characteristic which was previously under-represented in our audiences engage with the national art collection onsite, around Scotland and digitally
  3. NGS raises awareness and improves understanding of the protected characteristics through the public programme
  4. NGS attracts, recruits and develops a diverse workforce and volunteer-base, supporting everyone to reach their full potential
  5. Consideration of equality is clearly embedded in NGS’ decision-making processes

Further information on these outcomes, including how they were developed, is included in the full report available to download from the 'documents' section of this page.

To request a copy of the information contained on this page or any of the documents listed here in an alternative format, such as large print or hard copy, please call 0131 624 6473 or email equalities@nationalgalleries.org