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Reflecting on Covid-19’s Impact on Arts, Culture and Heritage

Thursday 6 May 2021, 11am to 1pm
Online event

Join us for this online student-led workshop aimed at students and professionals with an interest in work in the arts, culture and heritage sectors.

• How has work in arts, culture and heritage changed over the past year?
• What difficulties have practitioners in the sector faced?
• What emergent issues are crucial for museums, galleries and heritage organisations?
• What lessons learnt will shape and transform future practice?

This workshop will invite a range of sectoral professionals at varied organisations and career stages to reflect on their experience of working during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A series of short position papers will highlight the diversity of responses from the cultural sector and look to the future.

We will also hear from MA students from our programmes in museums, galleries and heritage, who will talk about the project work they’ve been undertaking in the sector and the issues it has addressed.

The event is a chance to meet the next generation of cultural sector professionals, as well as to network with a diverse range of current workers from varied organisations.


Amanda Phillips, Leeds Art Gallery
Encountering art and galleries through a virtual visit

Anna Douglas, University of Leeds
Covid-19: experiential effects on 1st year Fine Art students

Alex De Little, University of Nottingham
Sonic Futures: Collecting, curating and engaging with sound at the National Science and Media Museum

Chris Corish, Independent scholar
Managing the impact of the pandemic on historic religious structures

Elen McKeever, Archivo Histórico de Euskadi
Adapting to change

Stuart Bowes, University of Leeds / Royal Armouries
Remote Research: starting a collaborative PhD in the time of Covid

Katie Robson, Royal Armouries
‘Adapt and go back?’ A paper about what Covid-19 has changed in Registrar work and Collections Management

Gina Figueira, StArt Art Gallery
Visualising heritage: a perspective from Namibia

Kate Wafer, Wafer Hadley Associates
Looking Ahead: Opportunities for the museums sector

Booking information

If you are interested in participating, please fill in this brief online form:

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About the organisers

This event is co-organised by the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries & Heritage, and students from the MA programmes in Art Gallery & Museum Studies and Arts Management & Heritage Studies.


Colorful arts hanging on wall. Photo by Matheus Viana. Source: pexels.