This Event Takes Place Online - Leaders and Digital Culture Consumption

With Theatres, Museums, Cinemas, Heritage sites and other cultural venues all closed and the inability for creatives to meet together to create new work, many have turned to moving their content online. 

Organisations have mined archive footage, put collections online, streamed performances and talks, seen huge growth in the uptake of online tours - but is it sustainable? How can smaller organisations or individual creatives get a slice of the action? What are the skills needed to create great online culture?

Leaders are currently looking for ways to sustain income and it looks like digital may hold many of the answers but is there more to be done than placing existing content and formats online? Our panelists all have experience of adapting work to be consumed from home and will be discussing the who, the how, but possibly most importantly - the why. 


Sarah Murphy

Sarah Murphy is a seasoned digital producer that has managed and created digital content and events for a range of clients including Serpentine Galleries, Guardian, Disney, Amazon, BBC and FutureLearn. She has recently been researching the new wave of digital activity arts organisations have been delivering in response to the global pandemic.

Esther Richardson

Esther Richardson is a current Clore Fellow and the Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre; a national touring company making work primarily for audiences aged 12 to 25. The company’s major recent productions have included acclaimed adaptations of Noughts and Crosses and Brighton Rock, as well as work which has explored the integration of immersive technology into theatre. Over almost a twenty-year career, she has directed and/or produced over thirty productions, including two short films, and has held the positions of Associate Artist at Soho Theatre, Derby LIVE and Cast in Doncaster.

Alia Raffia Ullah

Alia works in the marketing department at Manchester Museum. She presents and produces 'The Chat Show' and is currently working on their 'Manchester Museum in Quarantine' initiative. She is a trustee for the Arts Marketing Association and a Director for the University Ardwick Partnership. 

Andrew Bravin

Andrew is a senior associate in the Interactive team at the media, entertainment and technology law firm Sheridans. Andrew advises clients on a range of non-contentious and contentious issues, with specialist expertise in intellectual property rights and commercial law. He has considerable experience working with businesses in the creative industries in particular helping them to navigate the legal frameworks for operating digitally.

Andrew is also a lawyer in residence at UAL/LCF and recently spoke at the Westminster Forum on the emerging regulatory landscape for interactive platforms.  

Justin Spooner (Chair)

Justin is a Director of Unthinkable, an agency that has been working for 10 years with arts, culture and learning organisations to deliver digital transformation. He works with leaders and their teams to identify new opportunities, approaches and ways of thinking. He has worked with a wide range of organisations including the National Portrait Gallery, Southbank Centre, Wellcome Collection, Art Fund and the BBC.