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Covid-19: “The great unequaliser?”

Date: 12 March 2021
Time: 14:15 to 16:00
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Early evidence shows that Covid-19 is exacerbating existing inequalities in the cultural sector.

Is the pandemic the catalyst the sector needs to build a more equal future? What questions should we be asking and how can we accelerate the pace of change?

In this webinar, we share emerging findings from our major research programme examining the impact of Covid-19 on the cultural sector. We’ll focus on what the research is telling us about inequality, and you’ll hear from project researchers including Mark Taylor, Karen Gray, Ben Dunn, John Wright and Oliver Mantell.

We’ll be joined by leading contributors including Dr Roaa Ali from the University of Manchester and Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity and Lara Ratnaraja, a cultural consultant who specialises in diversity, leadership, collaboration and innovation in cultural policy. They will respond to the research findings and share their thoughts on what needs to happen next.

This research programme is led by the Centre for Cultural Value in collaboration with the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre and The Audience Agency. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through UK Research and Innovation’s Covid-19 rapid rolling call.

This is the first of our webinars sharing emerging findings from the research, with another scheduled for June. The research programme runs until November 2021 and there will be further events in November to share final findings.


We want to make the webinar a positive experience for all participants. If you have particular access needs please let us know in advance at

Live transcription by a palantypist (speech to text reporter) is provided for this session. Transcription will be available on Zoom captions, and on

The session takes place on Zoom. Read Zoom’s accessibility FAQ’s here.


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