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Culture and Post-Covid Regeneration Event

Published: 19 April 2021
Culture and Post-Covid Regeneration

In 2020 the world changed. As move through 2021, COVID-19, BREXIT, Black Lives Matter, conflict and persecution, and the climate crisis are resetting agendas in the UK and beyond. This exciting programme aims to understand the nature of complex policy challenges post-2020 and to raise awareness of the role of the arts and humanities in contributing evidence to assist in solving these going forward.

This webinar brings politicians, policymakers and academics together to ask:

What roles do culture, and the creative industries more broadly, play in the development of local and regional economies?
What, and who, is included when culture is used to support regeneration?
The cultural and creative industries have long been seen as playing an important role in the development of local and regional economies. The last year has placed these industries under unprecedented pressure, revealing both their economic fragility and their social importance. New questions are being asked about what, and how, culture can contribute to post-pandemic regeneration.


  • Prof Nicky Marsh, University of Southampton (Chair)
  • Claire Whitaker OBE, Southampton 2025 UK City of Culture Bid Director
  • Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson CBE, Portsmouth City Council
  • Louise Smith, Deputy Director for Arts, Libraries and Digital Culture DCMS
  • Prof Catherine Clarke, Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • Dr Daniel Ashton, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

You can find the recording of this event here.

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