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Fighting back against mass redundancies in Arts and Culture

Sat 05.09.20
GMT+1 / British Summer Time
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With mass redundancies hitting the arts and culture sectors, it is vital to bring workers together from across different industries.

Which jobs are impacted?
Which responses have been implemented thus far?
What are your ideas for taking joint action and fostering solidarity between industries?

This session aims to platform the voices of workers who have lost or are losing their jobs, offer practical resources, brainstorm strategy ideas and plan a cross-sector fight back.


Amanda Walker was the first black female warden at the White Tower in the Tower of London. She is also the diversity and inclusion rep at Hampton Court Palace for the Public and Commercial Services Union.

Paul is an actor and Equity Councillor. He is Chair of PCS Southbank Centre and is currently the Green Party's Trade Union Liaison Officer.

Member of Bectu Art Technicians and the Art Workers Forum

Andrew worked as a casual member of the front of house team at the National Theatre in London from 2013 until the end of August 2020, at which point the NT laid off all its casual staff, 400 in total. Andrew is a freelance creative, and his work at the National Theatre gave him the stability he needed while working on freelance projects.

Rob Howat is a musician and courier working in London

Human rights activist and anti-war campaigner. She joined PCS in 2012 and she has been a PCS Senior Representative at Tate Commerce since 2016.



Redundancy resources for Arts and Culture workers - TWT20


Arts & culture for the many

Come dine with TWT: Cooking with Migrateful
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6PM7:30pm (GMT+1)
Panel and discussion
The problem with representation
Sat 05.09.20
12noon1:30pm (GMT+1)
With Sonali Bhattacharyya, Zita Holbourne & Chardine Taylor Stone
Panel and discussion
Solidarity and recovery in the cultural sector
Sat 05.09.20
2:30pm4PM (GMT+1)
With Maya Goodfellow, Shawab Iqbal, Joon Lynn Goh & Stella Kanu
Panel and discussion
Towards an Arts utopia
Sat 05.09.20
4:30pm6PM (GMT+1)
With Season Butler, Rhiannon White & Bayryam Mustafa Bayryamali
Illustration & discussion
Mapping the Arts and Culture union landscape
Sat 05.09.20
6:30pm7:30pm (GMT+1)
With Siddhi Gupta
DIY Film School: Lights, camera, agitate! Part 1
Sun 06.09.20
2:30pm4PM (GMT+1)
Cabaret Night (in support of SWARM)
Mon 07.09.20
9PM10:30pm (GMT+1)
DIY Film School: Lights, camera, agitate! Part 2
Sun 13.09.20
1PM2:30pm (GMT+1)
Reading group
A Good Night Out reading group: Community DIY centres and socialist culture
Sun 13.09.20
3PM4:30pm (GMT+1)
With Emma Warren & Alan Lane
"The past we inherit, the future we build": Discussion with The Women's Banner Group
Thu 17.09.20
12noon1:30pm (GMT+1)
Instagram Live
Fri 18.09.20
6:30pm8PM (GMT+1)
Collective Listening Session
Collective Listening: A Journey into Sonic Afrofuturism
Fri 18.09.20
8:30pm10PM (GMT+1)
With Jeremy Gilbert & Julian Henriques
Pub Quiz
Novara Media presents: Not Another Zoom Pub Quiz
Sat 19.09.20
8PM10:30pm (GMT+1)
With Michael Walker & Ash Sarkar
Panel and screening
"Injustice" screening and fundraiser for the National Memorial Family Fund
Sun 20.09.20
7:30pm10:30pm (GMT+1)
With Tru Powell, Ken Fero & Michelle Kelly
TWT20 Closing Party
Sun 27.09.20
7PM10PM (GMT+1)
With Owen Jones, Jelly Cleaver, Queer House Party, Carrot, Enyi Okoronkwo & Ella MacLeod
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following organisations in our educational and research work:
AutonomyRosa Luxemburg Stiftung LondonTransform! EuropeMomentumLipman Miliband Trust
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