Slater Heelis & Galibier PR host panel discussion at HOME

“Not my Business?”
How Can The Private Sector Support Manchester’s Arts & Culture Scene in its Post-Covid Recovery?

Watch the Panel Discussion held at HOME in Manchester on 29th March 2022.

What’s so special about Northern culture? What about Manchester in particular? And why should the private sector care?

Law firm Slater Heelis and PR firm Galibier gathered a panel of the city’s arts and culture experts to explore what Covid recovery looks like for the sector, and if there is an ethical and economic imperative for the private sector to step up and support this.

Policymakers, practitioners and business and community leaders chewed over questions such as, “How can culture carve a place for itself within policy agendas?” and “How could private-public sector collaboration work in this space?”. In the process, they advocated for greater, more long-term investment in Northern cultural infrastructure, as well as for a more complex kind of private sector involvement beyond “business-as-cash cow”.

You can read the report in full via the link below:

The panel consisted of:

Compere, Karen Gabay – Karen is a TV producer, award-winning filmmaker and radio presenter of one of the BBC’s longest running radio shows, The People, on BBC Radio Manchester. She is also host of HOME’s film podcast, a trustee of Band on the Wall, and is known for her work around and passion for “Manchester’s diverse musical heritage and its impact on culture”.

Greg Thorpe – as well as being a creative producer, writer, curator and artist, Greg is the Creative Director of Superbia – Manchester Pride’s year-round LGBTQ+ cultural programme – Board Chair at Trans Creative, and offers operational and creative support at Salford’s independent arts venue Islington Mill.

Princess Arinola Adegbite (P.A. Bitez) – Following the successful debut of her poetry collection Soft Tortures at age 16, Jamaican-born Nigerian poet, writer and filmmaker Princess has gone on to be a member of the Manchester-based spoken word collective Young Identity and to win multiple accolades, including “Young Creative of the Year” at the 2021 Manchester Culture Awards.

Councillor Luthfur Rahman OBE – Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council and Labour Councillor for Longsight Ward in Greater Manchester. Cllr Rahman has made his mark with initiatives focused on skills, culture, leisure, young people and race and diversity, and has been described by Arts Council England as “a passionate advocate for art and culture’s place in cities and wider communities” and “integral to making The Festival of Manchester and helping Manchester achieve the UNESCO City of Literature status”.

Chris Bishop – Managing Partner at Slater Heelis which has long been a supporter of arts organisations like HOME and Contact Theatre, a board member of Quarantine Theatre Company, and keen consumer of the arts.