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International Workshop

The Faculty of Education of the University of Bolzano in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (King’s College London) invite you to take part in an online Workshop Creative Work: Possible Futures After Covid-19. The workshop aims to generate exchange and dialogue across experts to support the creative sectors.

Workshop Organizers

Dr Federica Viganò, Faculty of Education, Libera Università di Bolzano

Dr Roberta Comunian, Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries,King’s College London

Dr Lauren England, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee


The Covid-19 pandemic has re-shaped the way we live and work. However, for some, like creative and cultural workers, it has exposed issues of precarity (Comunian and England, 2020), heightened the need to rethink working practices and business models (Banks, 2020) and created an opportunity for structural intervention. While a range of research from policy and academia has presented immediate evidence of the impact of Covid-19 on culture and the city (Anheier et al., 2021), a year on from the first lock-down across many nations, we argue for the need to share and discuss current and recent work to map future directions and scenarios for creative and cultural work (Eikhof, 2020; Joffe, 2020). In this workshop we would like to present research that builds on data collected in the past 12 months, considering a range of challenges and changes that might have taken place and re-thinking practices and business models.

In particular, we plan to consider:

  • The experiences of creative and cultural workers during the pandemic, key challenges faced and the opportunities arising both during lockdown and in the recovery period.
  • How the work, professional conditions and organisation/business models of creatives have changed during the pandemic, including new business models and future scenarios for creative work/ models of resilience
  • Changing relationships with digital/technology, future opportunities and challenges for creative work relating to the digital
  • Inequalities in creative work in relation to the pandemic and impacts of the pandemic on inclusivity and accessibility of creative work
  • Financial support systems and creative workers’ access to financial support (i.e. national schemes, sector funding)
  • Changes in institutional arrangements and new forms of dialogue between creative and cultural institutions and precarious workers during the pandemic
  • Creatives, activism and Covid-19 (Creative workers’ responses to the pandemic, collectivisation, activism, informal or formal workers’ groups)
  • Changing/new relationships with local communities and local cultural organisations
  • Creative work in rural areas
  • How Covid-19 might have changed the future of creative work and new scenarios being considered
  • How Covid might have changed relationships with the public and cultural consumers (new ways to reach out the public and sustain dialogue)
  • Changes in policy or employment frameworks (including contractual arrangement or legal frameworks) in relation to creative work.

Workshop Programme

4-5th November 2021 (9.30am-2.15pm CET)


4th November 2021 

9.30 am  Welcome Federica Vigano (University of Bolzano) 

9.45 -10.45 Session I:  Creative work, cities and Covid-19   

Chair:  Federica Vigano 

  • Precarity, connectivity and urban lives: the impact of Covid-19 on Milan creative and cultural workers Jessica Tanghetti (University of Venice Ca’ Foscari), Roberta Comunian and Tamsyn Dent (King’s College London) 
  •  The need for spatial cultural policies towards more equitable and sustainable future for cultural work after COVID-19 Janet Merkel (TU Berlin and  University of Kassel)  

10.45-11.00 Coffee break 

11.00-12.30 Session II:  Collective perspectives on creative work  

Chair: Roberta Comunian 

  •  The (Im)Perfect Match. Creative Workers, Unions and Representation Claims During the Pandemic  Silvia Lucciarini and Michele Santurro (Sapienza University of Rome) 
  • Co-op mode: The emancipatory potential of freelancer co-operatives in the UK Games Industry following the COVID-19 pandemic. Jack Morton (Royal Holloway, University of London) 
  • “Attrici e attori uniti”: a case study of collective mobilisation in the Italian [Text Wrapping Break]theatrical sector during Covid-19 pandemic Emanuela Naclerio (University of Milan and University of Turin) 

12.30-1.00 Lunch Break 

1.15- 2.15 Session III: Artistic livelihoods and Covid-19   

Chair: Lauren England 

  • Impact of the Covid pandemic on visual artists in Scotland; strategies for a sustainable practice. Blane Savage (The University of the West of Scotland) 
  • Creative and cultural workers in South Tyrol Federica Vigano’ (University of Bozen) Roberta Comunian and Lauren England (King’s College London) and Jessica Tanghetti (University of Venice Ca’ Foscari) 

5th November 2021 

9.30 am  Welcome Federica Vigano, University of Bolzano  

9.45am -10.45  Session IV: Impact of Covid-19 on creative working lives 

Chair:  Lauren England 

  • Locked Down and Locked Out: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mothers working in the UK television industry Helen Kennedy and Jack Newsinger (University of Nottingham), Natalie Wreyford (King’s College London) and Rowan Aust  (University of Huddersfield). 
  • Parenthood penalties and creative occupations: understanding the unequal impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Tal Feder (University of Sheffield), Rebecca Florisson, (Queen Mary University of London), Dave O’Brien (University of Edinburgh), Mark Taylor (University of Sheffield) and Siobhan McAndrew (University of Bristol) 

10.45-11.00 Coffee break 

11.00-12.30 Session V: Ecosystem perspectives on creative work 

Chair: Federica Viganò

  • An ecosystem approach to understanding impact and recovery from Covid-19: The case of Dundee Lauren England (King’s College London) 
  • The role of festivals in the work adaptation strategies to COVID-19 of South Africa’s performing artists Fiona Drummond, Jen Snowball and Delon Tarentaal (Rhodes University) Roberta Comunian and Jonathan Gross (King’s College London).  
  • Who care for creative workers? Covid-19 and the role of creative intermediaries in mobilising support for the creative workforce. A pan-European analysis. Tamsyn Dent and Roberta Comunian (King’s College London) and Jessica Tanghetti  (University of Venice Ca Foscari). 

12.30-1.15 Lunch break 

1.15- 2.15 pm  Session VI: Creative work and artists futures 

Chair: Roberta Comunian 

  • COMPREHENDING “CULTURAL WORK” A mapping experiment in the Veneto region Angela Nativio (University of Venice Ca’ Foscari) and Fabrizio Panozzo (University of Venice Ca’ Foscari) 
  • Artistic Futures: Sustaining Creative Life and Work after COVID-19  Rachel Skaggs, (The Ohio State University) 

Registration for Workshop Participation

To register as conference participant or as auditor, please click on the following link and create a conference account. After completing the registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the link to the TEAM platform where you can follow the workshop.

Thank you for your interest.