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Slater Heelis & Galibier PR host panel discussion at HOME

How Can The Private Sector Support Manchester’s Arts & Culture Scene in its Post-Covid Recovery?

Watch the Panel Discussion hosted by Slater Heelis and Galibier PR held at HOME in Manchester on 29th March 2022

The panel explored the damaging effects of Covid-19 on Manchester’s arts and culture scene, and the ethical and economic imperative for the private sector to step up and support its recovery.

The Northern Case for Culture, published January 2022, examined those impacts and shared that “culture is probably the quickest and most under-used lever for levelling up today”.

This event looks to continue this conversation, exploring how culture can – and should – carve out a place within policy agendas including digitalisation, decentralisation and youth unemployment.

Thanks to panellists from the arts, local council and private sector, this discussion was extremely insightful, bringing to light the challenges faced in the arts, and the imperative for the private sector to step up and support its recovery.

Following this discussion, a whitepaper is to be published stating the case for encouraging local private sector organisations of all sizes to realise how the arts benefits their business, and how they can reciprocate that support in a variety of ways.

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.