How can culture play a central role in the borough’s recovery post Covid-19?
It is an uncertain time for everyone in the borough. Alongside ongoing efforts to recover from the Grenfell tragedy, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought the closure of theatres, galleries and museums, loss of work, projects, shops, stalls, companies, venues. Each day has brought news about the loss of loved ones. For some, the very idea of returning to the life they had before lockdown feels impossible.
In consultation with residents, Culture has been identified as one of five key Kensington and Chelsea Council priorities - this includes and embraces arts, museums, galleries, artists, producers, makers, market traders and retailers. The One Year Covid-19 Recovery Culture Plan 2020-2021 was published in July 2021. Consultation is now taking place to create a Four Year Culture Plan 2021-2025 and in January 2021, views will be sought on the creation of a new Markets Plan 2021-2026.
To assist with this process, Kensington and Chelsea Creative Conversation want to hear what Culture in the borough means to you and how, working together, we can achieve cultural recovery from the pandemic. They have some big questions that they would like to explore, for example:
• What role should Culture play in supporting RBKC’s communities and livelihoods in this altered landscape? How can we harness a growing sense of community, as well as new partnerships and ways of working, that have emerged as a result of the pandemic?
• What kind of infrastructure do we need in order to support the growth and re-growth of cultural enterprises — during and after this crisis?
They would like to hear your questions, ideas and thoughts.
This event will bring together people living, working and learning in the borough. It is organised by Discover South Kensington/Exhibition Road Cultural Group (ERCG), Kensington + Chelsea Art Week (K+CAW) and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) Council along with special guest hosts Goldfinger. The event will be facilitated online using Zoom. This will allow input into several different conversations in a single session.
The event will be a relaxed environment. The conversations will be in English. If you require any access support (including captioning or BSL interpretation), please let us know in advance.
These events are free and open to all. Register your place and you will be sent details about how to participate closer to the time.