Key debate will focus on how the arts can boost the economy
Leading arts figures will on Monday discuss how culture can help the economy bounce back from the pandemic.
The City of London Corporation, the governing body of the Square Mile, and the Genesis Foundation, which champions the work of young actors, directors, playwrights and musicians, are co-hosting a series of free ‘Cultural Conversations’.
These bring together major figures from London’s arts and cultural scene.
The New Future: Art and Culture in the Making of a Vibrant Economy is the sixth discussion in the series and will take place on 20 September from 6pm - 7:30pm.
Places can be booked for the free event here.
It will be hosted virtually by Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Russell, at The Mansion House with an invited audience. The event will be chaired by Will Gompertz, the Barbican’s Director of Arts and Learning, formerly the BBC's arts editor. The panel includes:
- Tarek Iskander, Artistic Director & CEO, Battersea Arts Centre
- John Studzinski CBE, Founder and Chairman, Genesis Foundation
- Kully Thiarai, Creative Director & CEO, LEEDS 2023 Year of Culture
- Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Singer, Songwriter, Cellist
The discussion will examine a wide range of issues, including:
- Building a more positive, inclusive, dynamic future for the arts - not just in London, but across the country.
- How regional partnerships and collaborations between culture and commerce contribute to jobs, skills, innovation and creativity.
Lord Mayor William Russell said:
“The arts have a leading role to play in reenergising the UK economy as we emerge from the COVID pandemic.
“Collaboration between culture and commerce will be a critical part of that bounce-back.
“This partnership will bring job opportunities for young people and fuel the creative energy that makes London such an exciting place.
“We have assembled a great panel for this sixth cultural conversation and we can expect a lively, compelling and thought-provoking discussion with the online audience.”
John Studzinski CBE, Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation said:
“I am delighted we continue to partner with the Lord Mayor on the sixth Cultural Conversation with its important focus on culture, capital and economic regeneration.
“This discussion will draw together many of the diverse themes we have discussed in previous sessions and link to the fundamental issue of economic recovery.
“The arts can help us to build back better by providing jobs, livelihoods and an outlet for creativity for our artists. At the Genesis Foundation, we have been rolling out our Kickstart Fund to support creative projects run by freelancers. Both in London and the rest of the UK, culture chases capital, and capital chases culture."
The City of London Corporation is the fourth largest funder of heritage and cultural activities in the UK and invests over £130m every year.
In partnership with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra, and Museum of London, the City of London Corporation is leading the development of Culture Mile, the City of London’s new cultural district, between Farringdon and Moorgate, building a world-class hub of creativity, innovation and learning.
Notes for Editors
About the City of London Corporation:
The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
About the Genesis Foundation:
The Genesis Foundation was founded by John Studzinski CBE in 2001. Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has donated more than £20million to the arts. Through its funding and partnership model, it has enabled opportunities for thousands of young artists in theatre and music, building both their experience and their resilience. Its main focus is on partnerships with leading arts organisations such as the Young Vic, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, LAMDA, and The Sixteen, and on training programmes that equip emerging artists for life as a creative professional. In 2021, through the Genesis Kickstart Fund, the Foundation will start allocating £1m in grants for future-facing projects that provide paid work for freelance creative professionals.
About Culture Mile:
Culture Mile is the City of London’s new cultural district, stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate. Led by the City of London Corporation, with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and Museum of London, the five partners are together creating a vibrant, creative area in the north-west corner of the Square Mile. Alongside animating the whole district with imaginative collaborations and events, delivering major enhancements to the streets and improving wayfinding, Culture Mile will be working with organisations from across the City to build a world-class hub of creativity, innovation and learning that delivers economic growth and social mobility for London.