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Lunchtime Talk

Fri 2 Sep 13:00-14:00 at Pervasive Media Studio Event Space

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Supporting Fair Creative Economies (in Bristol and Bath)

In this talk, Dr Liz Roberts will present work on the Alternatives at Scale project, which identifies opportunities for change and dialogue within the creative sector in the South West UK to create a fairer, creative economy.

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Dr Liz Roberts

Dr Liz Roberts is a Research Fellow in the Creative Economies Lab, UWE, working on the Bristol+Bath Creative R+D Cluster and My World programme.

This talk will be held in the building and online! Book your free ticket here.

Dr Liz Roberts is a Research Fellow in the Creative Economies Lab, UWE, working on the Bristol+Bath Creative R+D Cluster and MyWorld programme. Liz is a cultural geographer who has worked at the intersection of social science and arts and humanities across a range of interdisciplinary projects. Liz will be presenting work on the Alternatives at Scale project. This project aims to identify opportunities for change and dialogue within the creative sector in the South West UK to create a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable creative economy.  

In this talk, Liz will be asking, what would an alternative Creative Economy look like if it wasn’t highly precarious, often reliant on short-term contracts and free labour? If survival or success wasn’t measured purely on economic terms? If ‘soft skills’ were recognised and valued alongside ‘high skills’ as integral to making the Creative Economy thrive? If collaborations were supported and opportunities better shared so that the ‘creative entrepreneur’ wasn’t operating in isolation and in competition but worked in a supportive environment where financial and other rewards were more distributed? If creative workforces and freelancers had access to the same benefits as other workforces such as appropriate unions and benefits and had more of a say in what their work conditions looked like? If culture and creativity were understood as a right that everyone should have equal access to and an integral part of citizenship? 

Join us online on YouTube Live, or in the building on Friday 2nd September 2022 at 1pm for the talk and to take part in the Q and A discussion afterwards. 

The lunchtime talks are partly supported by MyWorld, a project led by the University of Bristol to support creative industries in the region.

Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

The Lunchtime talks take place in the Pervasive Media Studio Event Space. To access the Studio, please go to the Main Watershed Box Office entrance and go upstairs to the Café Bar. Walk across the cafe bar, turn right and walk towards the double doors. Go through into the corridor and walk all the way down until you reach the Studio. A member of staff will sign you in, and check your ticket, if you have booked.

The Studio is wheelchair accessible, and the events space has a hearing loop. The last talk of every month is BSL interpreted. 

*Please note this is a hybrid event and will be live streamed so please be aware you will be in the live broadcast and recording when watching in the Studio.

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