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Part of Repowering Britain, a series of events organised by the Labour Energy Forum in collaboration with Platform London, for the 2017 Labour Conference fringe.

What’s a truly Left vision for the arts/culture? (because it’s not yet in the Labour manifesto…)

With Ashish Ghadiali (Filmmaker, Screenwriter and Co-Editor of Red Pepper Magazine), Harpreet Kaur (Cultural Consultant), Julie Ward MEP, Gary Anderson (Senior Lecturer in Drama, Liverpool Hope University; Artists for Corbyn), Jess Worth (Culture Unstained), Clara Paillard (President PCS union, Culture Sector)

The arts are made super-elite through unequal access in schooling, increased costs of studying at college, and the unequal hunt for precarious work or the ever-elusive grant.

Outside white middle-class privilege, artists, arts organisations and cultural workers are denied resources, jobs and funding, and their children denied the democratic entitlement to the arts through schooling.

The arts are also being pushed hard towards corporate funding, and the movement against oil companies is revealing Big Oil’s attempts to greenwash itself through cultural sponsorship. The beleaguered Arts Council has built sustainability into their funding agreements, but still encourages the arts towards the private sector.

How can this be challenged and reinvented? What does a truly democratised arts and cultural landscape look like? What would the arts and culture in an energy justice future look like?


Repowering Britain is a space for bold left visions for a transformed economy, society and energy system. We will bring together thinkers and doers from across the Labour Party and trade union movement to discuss what our country should look like in 10, 20, 30 years. The Party’s manifesto has inspired millions. We will build on that to envision a reindustrialised and democratised economy that addresses the climate crisis and hands back control. Click here for the full programme of events.



Accessibility information: Our venue is wheelchair-accessible from the street. Unfortunately the toilets are located in the basement down a spiral staircase. Toilets are gendered male and female. Sound will be amplified. We are investigating supplying a T-Loop. We are not able to offer sign language interpreting. Free creche for children accompanying adults with Labour Conference passes is provided at Conference. If you have any enquiries about access needs that aren’t covered here, please email info@labourenergy.org with the subject line ‘Access’.

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