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Help the creative and cultural sector become more resilient

By lowie trevena, Wednesday Jul 29, 2020

A piece of research will explore the impact of coronavirus on creative industries in the South West.

Funded by UWE Bristol, the six-month long project will look at adaptability and resilience with the cultural sector in the wake of the pandemic.

As part of this research, the Creative Economy Unit at UWE Bristol are trying to reach as many creatives as possible, from community arts to architecture, food to festivals, fashion to heritage and radio to game design, to fill in a survey.

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Led by Dr Tarek Virani, associate professor of creative industries at the university, the results from the survey will be used to lobby policymakers and stakeholders, with a new, deep knowledge of how the creative and cultural sector functions and what the social, economic, and political needs are of this area.

To get the most inclusive results, the team are asking creatives across the South West to fill in a survey.

Creatives from Bristol and beyond are asked to fill in the new survey. Photo: Creative Youth Network

“The exceptional talent within the creative industries in the South West is a great asset to the region, and the researchers would like to know more about how the sector is adapting to Covid-19 restrictions, what the most pressing issues are and how (or if) they are planning for the future,” says the team behind the research.

The Creative Economy Unit want to create a “more equitable and resilient creative economy” and find out how the sector can be best supported in its recovery from the pandemic.

The survey is open to anyone in the creative and cultural sector and will take 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Anyone involved in the creative and cultural industries can take part. Photo: DragonBird Theatre

As well as the survey, the unit is working with Watershed, to lead on a number of projects that support the creative economy, including Bristol+Bath Creative R+D and South West Creative Technology Network, to help creativity in Bristol and beyond recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Fill in the survey: www.uwe.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form

Main photo: Alice Hendy

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