Artists & Creatives
COVID-19 Recovery Resource Platform

Artists & Creatives
COVID-19 Recovery Resource Platform

Covid-19: Changing Culture?

Cultural Value organisation invites participants to a two-day conference on the effects of the pandemic on the cultural and creative sector.

Date: 17 November 2021 to 18 November 2021

Time: 09:00 to 17:00

ONLINE only event

An online conference sharing and discussing insights and implications from Centre for Cultural Value’s research programme. Topics discussed include the digital shift of the cultural sector, audience behaviours, as well as the future of cultural labour, all analysed in the context of the effect of the pandemic on the cultural sector.

The conference organisers have prepared a well-rounded event, covering all aspects of the digital transformation of cultural events, as a Call for Artists was made earlier this year, inviting practising artists and creative practitioners to conceive a mode of engagement that will add a participative, reflective, imaginative and/or transformative dimension to the experience of participants during the Covid research conference.

Part of Cultural Value’s intentions for added engagement is the use of the Airmeet conference platform as a “virtual venue”, with a reception area, tables dedicated to networking, and “booths” where either static content or a video can be displayed.


How has the pandemic changed the cultural sector over the last 18 months? To what extent have the ways we produce, engage with and support culture been impacted? Has the crisis pushed the sector forward through adaptation and innovation, or made it more deeply entrenched in its existing inequalities? What does this mean for the future of the sector?

Join Cultural Value online on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 November for two days of exchange and connection as speakers share findings and insights from fifteen months of research. The implications for the short and long-term health of the cultural sector will be considered, as well as thoughts will be presented on how together we can create a more equitable and sustainable future.

With leading contributors from across the cultural and academic sectors, Covid-19: Changing Culture? will offer various ways to engage: tackling big topics at plenary sessions on the main stage, focused discussions at the roundtables, opportunities for networking, and virtual booths to explore the research at your own pace. All with the opportunity for interaction, creativity and contribution.

This conference will present findings from a national research programme led by the Centre for Cultural Value in collaboration with the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre and The Audience Agency. This project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through UK Research and Innovation’s COVID-19 rapid rolling call.

Programme of events

DAY 1:

  • Where next for the cultural sector?
  • Change, sustainability & relevance: new business models
  • The impact on audiences part 1: Changing behaviours
  • Creative places & new localism

Day 2:

  • Covid-19: The great unequaliser?
  • The future of cultural labour.
  • The impact on audiences part 2: Virtual experiences.
  • From implications to action: what now?

You can find the full programme here.

You are welcome to visit Cultural Value’s findings website, where their ongoing research is presented across a wide range of categories; culturqal policy response, safety, hybridity, and the impact of Covid on workers of the arts sectors.

You can find more information on the Cultural Values project, their aims and methodologies here.

About the Centre for Cultural Value

The CCV is a research centre based at the University of Leeds. Their core partners are The Audience Agency, The University of Liverpool, The University of Sheffield, The University of York and Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. They are funded by the UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The CCV works alongside cultural practitioners and organisations, academics, funders and policymakers to:

  • Summarise existing evidence to make relevant research more accessible
  • Support the cultural sector to develop skills in research, evaluation and reflective practice
  • Convene discussions around questions of cultural value
  • Shape policy development
  • Offer funding for research partnerships through their Collaborate Fund