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In Focus

Part of Panic! It’s an arts emergency

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An afternoon of panel discussions and conversation to reflect on a new report investigating social class inequalities in the creative industries culminating in an evening talk with Reni Eddo-Lodge.

In partnership with Create London, In Focus will be a platform for discussing social class within the creative and cultural sector. Using a new report, Panic! Social Class, Tastes and Inequalities in the Creative Industries as a springboard for conversation; the afternoon will host panel discussions on topics such as meritocracy and leadership, the taste and attitudes of the workforce, and the reality of working class representation in the arts today, as well as a look at the role young people play in this debate.

The event will examine how we work with one another and new initiatives could emerge that go on to support learning around these issues. With this in mind there will be time for questions and answers throughout and the choice to participate in breakout sessions instead of watching the panel discussions.

Download the report here.

Part of our 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.

Panic! It’s an arts emergency is a continuation of a Create London project initiated in 2015 which collected over 2000 responses to a survey hosted on the Guardian website. Find out more here

The report

This event is part of Panic! It’s an arts emergency, an Arts and Humanities Research Council project, led by Create London and sociologists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield. It is the first time large-scale national data sets on social mobility have been compared alongside industry-specific information; offering new insights into the tastes, values and engagement of cultural workers.

A summarised research document has come out of this project, titled Panic! Social Class, Tastes and Inequalities in the Creative Industries and sheds light on the nuanced challenges of entering and succeeding in the sector. It has been written to aid discussion around this subject. The report has a focus on social class inequalities, acknowledging and taking an intersectional approach with ethnicity and gender where possible.

We encourage creative workers irrespective of seniority or specialism to join this conversation, and strongly advise reading the report before the event.

Download the report

Schedule for the day

The panellists

Breakout sessions

Reni Eddo-Lodge

Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London-based, award-winning journalist. She has written for the New York Times, the Voice, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Stylist, Inside Housing, the Pool, Dazed and Confused, and the New Humanist. She is the winner of a Women of the World Bold Moves Award, an MHP 30 to Watch Award and was chosen as one of the Top 30 Young People in Digital Media by the Guardian in 2014. She has also been listed in Elle's 100 Inspirational Women list, and The Root's 30 Black Viral Voices Under 30. She contributed to The Good Immigrant. Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race is her first book. It won the 2018 Jhalak Prize, was chosen as Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year and Blackwell's Non-Fiction Book of the Year, was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Orwell Prize and shortlisted for the British Book Awards Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year and the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Non-Fiction.

Reni Eddo-Lodge will be in conversation with Sara Wajid. 

Sara Wajid is the Head of Engagement at Museum of London, where she is working on the plans for the museums’ reincarnation in West Smithfields. She is a trustee of the Pitt Rivers Museum and the founder of Museum Detox network of BAME heritage workers, and was previously a cultural commentator and journalist.

Part of The Art of Change

Our 2018 season explores how the arts respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.


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