Creative Industries, Communities and the Creative Sector

How has the creative sector supported its communities throughout the pandemic, and what needs to be done to ensure its role in the road to recovery?

This seminar explores the importance of arts, culture and creativity during a crisis and the complex challenges facing the sector in Manchester, nationally and globally.

It is presented in partnership with the University of Manchester's Creative Manchester initiative and the Policy and Evidence Centre.

Find out more about our researchers and cultural partners:

Abi Gilmore

Abi is Senior Lecturer, Programme Director for Arts Management and Cultural Policy at University of Manchester. Her sociological background encourages her to critically engage with social, philosophical and historical aspects of the arts and culture and the politics of how they are managed.

Kostas Arvanitis

Kostas is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Museology, Institute for Cultural Practices. His expertise lies in the area of Digital Heritage that includes the theory and practice of digital technology in museums, galleries and heritage sites.

Rebecca Parnell

Rebecca is Creative Producer at Creative Manchester and Manchester Camerata. Her three-year role involves producing concerts and undertaking research and knowledge exchange projects with The University of Manchester.

Wendy Gallagher

Wendy Gallagher is Head of Learning and Engagement at Manchester Museum. Wendy leads on the Museum’s hello future development project, which aims to become the UK's most imaginative, inclusive and caring museum.

Wendy is also strategic lead for health and culture across the Manchester partnership (Manchester Museum, The Whitworth Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery) and was recognised for outstanding and innovative contributions to arts and health research and practice by Royal Society of Public Health in 2012.

Giorgio Fazio

Giorgio is Chair of Macroeconomics and in the Creative Industries Policy Evidence Centre. He is Co-Investigator on a PEC research project which aims to understand the changes to the way that we consume culture at home during COVID-19, the findings of which are discussed in the seminar.

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