Creative and cultural work without filters: Covid-19 and exposed precarity in the creative economy

Roberta Comunian (Lead / Corresponding author), Lauren England

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    The precarious nature of creative and cultural work is widely acknowledged in academic literature. However, it has often been invisible in the eyes of policy and policymaking. As soon as the spread of Covid-19 started impacting local and national economies across the globe, many industry and policy bodies rushed into researching the impact of Covid-19 on the creative and cultural industries (CCIs) and the workers in the sector. The paper offers an insight into the key concerns of these organizations through the meta-analysis of the survey and research projects that are currently being undertaken in the context of the UK. The results highlight common concerns in relation to visible and invisible issues that need addressing in the sector. The paper concludes by questioning if Covid-19 represents a moment of crisis for the sector or has simply exposed the unsustainable price of creative and cultural work.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)112-128
    Number of pages17
    JournalCultural Trends
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2020


    • Covid-19
    • creative and cultural industries
    • Creative and cultural work
    • creative careers
    • precarity
    • resilience

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • Communication
    • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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