Cultural organisations in Brighton & Hove have come together to respond to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the city’s arts and events sector and wider community.
Their report, The ABCD for Cultural Recovery, is now available online.
The ABCD group is looking for a freelance programme manager and creative people to join specific working groups to secure further investment and drive delivery of the plan.
Brighton & Hove is renowned for being a creative city. In 2019, a study from the University of Sussex revealed that the creative and cultural industries in the Greater Brighton region generated more than £1.5 billion in annual turnover.
More than 16,000 people are employed within creative businesses in over 6,100 companies or organisations, with over half of those based in the city of Brighton & Hove.
The ABCD for Cultural Recovery was set up voluntarily by a group of organisations and individuals in Brighton & Hove with the aim of providing an economic and social plan with creativity at its core.
Working collaboratively across the creative sector, the recovery plan will focus on four key areas:
- Arts and Ambition
- Communities and Collaboration
- Digital and Delivery
Who is involved
The ABCD Governing Body is made up of individual representatives from the Arts & Creative Industries Commission Brighton & Hove (ACIC); Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival; Brighton & Hove City Council, Event Professionals Independent Committee (EPIC), What Next? Brighton & Hove with contributions from freelance professionals.
Advice, resources and funding have been provided by several partner organisations, including Arts Council England.
The governing body said: “One of the positive outcomes of the pandemic has been the collaboration across the city’s creative sector and the willingness to work collectively to protect the city’s thriving cultural scene.
"We now need to move to the next phase, to recruit a team and working group members who can attract investment and expertise in order to achieve the plan’s objectives - ensuring skilled workers and jobs are retained; offer training and support for creative entrepreneurship to grow; reviving tourism through culture and advocating the positive effects the arts have on the health and wellbeing of residents.”