Monday 25th May

Building A Better World: Arts and Civic Responsibilty
Venue: Facebook
Time: 6pm
Tickets: Free

The role of arts and culture arts organisations as being central to our lives has been pushed to the forefront during the coronavirus lockdown. Reaching out from beyond the quiet city streets and buildings, arts organisations are offering engaging activity for audiences to watch, listen, read, take part in and enjoy. Without art in its endless forms, the lockdown would impact much more on our mental health and emotional well-being. The arts now, in every form, more than ever, supports those most in need; to uplift, inspire, and engage, offering us creativity to combat the known and unknown effects of the lockdown.

We can see the deep global connection between the arts and civic responsibility; whether our lives are in upheaval because of the social, economic or health impacts of lockdown and the pandemic, or if we’re lucky enough for our lives to have only taken on a more minimalistic air.

Joined renowned theatre critic, writer and journalist Lyn Gardner, Director of Culture Liverpool Claire McColgan and WoW Co-Director Madeline Heneghan, to explore these issues, and the role that can be played by arts organisation now and in the future. 

Lyn Gardner writes about theatre for The Stage and Stagedoor. She has also published 13 novels for children. She has written about theatre and performance for The Guardian and The Independent, and she was a founder member of City Limits, the largest publishing co-op in Europe. She currently writes a strand of articles for the British Council on Culture After Brexit. Awards for her work include: The 2013 Action for Children’s Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Arts, the 2017 Total Theatre Significant Contribution Award for her work on the Edinburgh Fringe, the 2017 UK Theatre Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre, and a 2018 Tonic Award.

Claire McColgan is the Director of Culture Liverpool and has a responsibility for Legacy, Major Events, Liverpool Film Office, Cruise Liverpool, Tourism, City Hals and Cultural Policy since 2009. Spearheading multi award-wining events of national and international acclaim, including Royal de Luxe Giant Spectaculars, Three Queens and One Magnificent City. Claire is a national and international advisor on best practice in Culture acting for Arts Council England and Ireland, the British Council, Local Government Association and as consultant advisor to the London Borough of Culture programme. 

Madeline Heneghan became WoW’s first full-time Festival Director in 2006 and was ultimately responsible for the delivery of the annual month-long Festival and all WoW projects. As a former Equalities Consultant, Madeline gained a thorough understanding of the needs and preferences of different communities and hard to reach groups. Most recently Madeline and has written and published, with Emy Onuara, a book based on the findings of the Great War to Race Riots Creative Heritage Project.


All ticket donations from this event go to Fans Supporting Foodbanks, South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services and WoW.

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