Catastrophe to opportunity: Covid & the creative industries in SW England

The creative and cultural sector as a whole faces an uncertain future as a result of Covid 19 and subsequent policies, with long-term unemployment and business closures a reality for many. During 2020, UWE Bristol’s Creative Economies Lab carried out a detailed survey aimed at understanding how Covid-19 had impacted the creative and cultural sector in South West England. Led by Dr. Tarek Virani, Associate Professor of Creative Industries at UWE Bristol, the survey aimed to learn how the sector was being affected by the pandemic, how it was adapting and planning for the future. In this talk, chaired by Dr. Virani, we will learn about the key findings of the survey and hear from a panel on how they have successfully adapted their ways of working during the pandemic, the changes it has made to their business models, and gain insight to what a possible post-pandemic future holds for the creative industries in the SW.

Dr. Tarek Virani will be joined by:

Melanie Rodrigues, Founder/Creative Director, Gritty Talent

Jack Gibbon, Director, Bricks Bristol

Alex Duarte-Davies, Executive Director of Theatre Royal Bath’s Theatre School

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