SERTUC Creative and Leisure Industries Committee Conference, Saturday 25 March 2017

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Date and time of event: 
Sat 25 Mar 2017 - 10:00 to 18:00
Venue and town/city: 
Congress House, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3LS
FREE ADMISSION (booking essential)
About this event: 

SERTUC Creative and Leisure Industries Committee (CLIC) in conjunction with Show Culture Some Love

The Future of Arts & Culture Seminar

The Show Culture Some Love campaign was launched by the PCS union (Public & Commercial Sector) and the CLIC.

It’s main aims are to campaign for an end to the cuts in arts & culture budgets caused by the pro-austerity policies of the current government and to make the case for greater investment.

Conference Programme

Megan Dobney, (SERTUC Regional Secretary) will open the conference.

(a) Main Session (1.00-2.30pm)

Chair: Clara Paillard (President, PCS Culture Sector)


  • Julie Ward, MEP
  • Alan Gibbons (The Library Campaign)
  • Hamida Ali (Equalities Officer, Equity)
  • Hannah Bagua Lawson (National Museums Wales), BECTU Picturehouse campaign and Tate campaign (from the floor) + any other “live” campaigns will be speaking from the floor.

(b) Equality Workshops (2.30-3.30pm)

  1. Race, Racism, Art & Culture

Chair: TBC


  • Zena Edwards (Shake!)
  • Emily Porter (Artists’ Union England)
  • Mitty Ramagavigan, International Slavery Museum
  • Jennifer Lim, (“Yellowface”)
  1. Disability, Culture & Art (Art4Rights, fighting disability discrimination with art)

Chair: Mark Leopard (TUC Disabled Workers Committee)


  • Ellen Clifford (DPAC)
  • Ruth Gould (DadaFest)
  • Mik Scarlet (Equity)
  1. LGBT, Art & Culture

Chair: Theresa Easton (Artists Union England)


  • Matt Exley, PCS Branch Chair, National Museums Liverpool and Pride & Prejudice
  • Queering Museums – invited
  • John Shortell (Musicians’ Union)
  1. Gender, Art & Culture

Chair: Rosie Hilal (Equity)


  • Andrea Cunningham, (V&A, Museum of Childhood) - invited
  • Bridget O’Conor, (Kings College, London)
  • Emma Reeves (WGGB)

TUC Young Workers conference is being held on the same day in Congress House and a speaker has been invited to address our conference.

(c) Issues Workshops (4.00-5.00pm)

  1. Arts & campaigning

Chair: Shenagh Govan (Equity)


  • “Professionally Made, Professionally Paid” (Emmanuel de Lange, Equity)
  • “Work Not Play” (Dave Webster, MU)
  • “Free is NOT an option (Chris Jury, Writers Guild)
  • Artists Union England: invited
  1. The Arts & “Brexit”

Chair: Tracy Edwards (PCS Culture Sector)


  • Equity speaker: invited
  • Tony Lennon (BECTU)
  • Dave O’Brien (Edinburgh University)
  1. Developing and taking forward the Show Culture Some Love programme

Chair: Tom Taylor (SERTUC Creative & Leisure Industries Committee)


  • Clara Paillard (PCS)
  • Mike Quille (Culture Matters campaign)  
  • Culture Unsustained campaign speaker - invited
  • Hannah Bagua Lawson (National Museums Wales)
  1. National Libraries and Museums Campaign

Chair: Candy Udwin (PCS)

This will be an open forum to discuss the next steps for the campaign following the demonstration on 5 November 2016.

(d) Closing session (5.00-5.30pm)

Chair: Tom Taylor (Secretary, SERTUC Creative & Leisure Industries Committee)

Speakers: Each workshop to appoint a speaker to report back the two action points agreed by the workshop.

Information about the venue: 

TUC Congress House is a fully accessible building

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