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In a sector rocked by the pandemic, freelance workers have been hit hard without the structure or financial support of an organisation. This multiskilled, resourceful, creative, passionate, adaptable, and dynamic workforce represents a third of the creative industries, yet they have felt completely abandoned by the sector they have worked so hard to build. So what happens now that the sector is starting to return to ‘normal’, is ‘normal’ good enough?

In episode two of our brand-new podcast, we hear from Sarah Shead, Director & Creative Producer, Spin Arts Management and Prema Mehta, Freelance Lighting Designer & founder of Stage Sight, as they discuss their experiences as freelancers within the cultural sector and the impact the pandemic has had, with our host, Rob West.

About the Creative & Cultural Skills podcast

Released in 2021, our first podcast series focused on the theme of ‘Build Back Fairer’. We spoke to professionals from across the creative and cultural sector and heard from young people at the start of their careers, to explore the impacts and opportunities that may have been heightened by, or arisen, during the pandemic.

The series was hosted by Rob West, and produced by Jay Sykes. With series voice Posy Jowett, and theme music by Stefano Mastronardi. Jay Sykes is a Freelance Audio Producer and an Academic Tutor based at the University of Sunderland. He specialises in audio drama, documentaries, and podcasting, and has adored being part of this project investigating important questions about the future of our sector.

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