Cultural Baggage and Soundcastle present Do We Really Want to Bounce Back


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This is the first of two events looking at how the impact of 2020 could shape our East Sussex (beyond Brighton) cultural community in the future.

On the 28th January we’ll be focusing on the impact of 2020 on the creative freelance and artist community. What needs mending and what needs to change to ensure that livelihoods are not lost and are sustained in the future? What can we do in East Sussex to be stronger together?
We have a range of brilliant speakers, all of whom have been involved in, or instigated initiatives that have responded to the impact of Covid 19 on individuals working in the cultural community.

There will be a chance to hear about the following initiatives :

– Freelancer Task Force

A cross-country initiative that involved over 160 freelancers working in the performing arts, individuals were sponsored by organisations with the aim to strengthen the influence of freelancers in the recovery planning of organisations. Producer and facilitator Ash Bowmott from The Uncultured will be sharing some of the learning that came out of the taskforce and what recommendations could be made for the future. @_TheUncultured_ #freelancetaskforce

– Artist Support Pledge

A culture and economy in support of artist and makers, started on instagram in March 2020 and now a global movement. Artist and founder Matthew Burrows MBE will share the thinking behind the initiative, it’s impact and what it might influence in the future. @artistssupportpledge

– Mary-Alice Stack, CEO, Creative United will be sharing headlines from recent research funded by the Nesta Creative Industries Policy Evidence Centre on freelancer business models, looking at how this information could shape thinking on how to support freelancers and work with them. @CreativeUtdUK

– Freelancers Make Theatre Work

A campaign, platform and resource, Freelancers Make Theatre Work was co-founded by multi-award winning lighting designer Paule Constable in response to the devastating impact of Covid 19 on the freelance theatre community. Paule will share some of the work that has been undertaken to date and what priorities they are focusing on next. @freelancersmaketheatrework

Following presentations there will be time for questions and then further discussion in break out groups. This is an opportunity for East Sussex creatives to share our reflections, ideas and highlight the support we need in 2021.

This event is designed and facilitated by Marina Norris (Cultural Baggage) and Rachael Perrin @soundcastleteam

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