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Watch Covid-19 and the Future of the Arts

05 March 2021

If you missed session 8 of the Perspectives and Pathways in a Time of Crisis: RIA Online Conversation series held on 25 February 2021 you can watch it now.

The arts have played a key part in sustaining individuals and communities during the coronavirus pandemic, even as the sector has been devastated by lockdown and the requirements of social distancing. This webinar examines the transformative effect of the crisis. How will or should the arts re-emerge in the future? A panel of leading experts will discuss this question from Irish, UK and European perspectives.



  • Tania Banotti, Director of Creative Ireland
  • Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council
  • Neils Righolt, CEO of CKI – The Danish Centre for Arts and Interculture
  • Anne Torreggiani, Founder and CEO, The Audience Agency
  • Respondent: Dr. Steven Hadley (NUI Galway
  • Chair: Daniel Carey, MRIA, NUI Galway

Booking is free but essential. Registrants will receive further information and a zoom link for attendance in advance of the session. Queries should be directed to

About the Series:

Covid-19 represents one of the greatest collective challenges the world has faced in modern times. Every aspect of society has been affected by the pandemic, from health to the economy and our most basic human and social values and traditions. The need for shared knowledge and understanding has never been greater as we contend with the crisis and plan for the future.

The Royal Irish Academy, Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities, will convene an online workshop series curated by the Academy’s Vice- President, Daniel Carey, MRIA, NUIG to address these vital questions, providing analysis and explanation for a public audience. Members of the academy, early career researchers, activists and experts from across society will be invited to join us so that we can be as inclusive and creative as possible.

The online conversations commenced in 2020 and will continue throughout 2021.

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