For the Creative Sector, the pandemic laid bare the vast range of digital capability between organisations, digital skills gaps for individuals and the barrier that digital delivery can present to some audiences, even whilst it opens access to others. And for regions like Yorkshire, with high levels of digital poverty, but a contrastingly strong digital and creative economy, how we address the issue is an increasingly urgent question with ramifications across society and the economy.

Join our panel for a pragmatic perspective on what we can do as a sector to address the issues of digital inequality in our region, and a frank assessment of what’s at stake for our society and economy if we don’t.

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About The Speakers

Fiona Morris

Fiona is Creative Director and Chief Executive of The Space. She has overseen the company since 2016, in which time the organisation has commissioned over 350 digital projects from arts organisations around the UK, and worked with over 800 organisations helping them explore, develop and evolve their digital strategies.

Jared Shurin

Jared Shurin is the editor of The Outcast Hours, The Djinn Falls in Love, The Lowest Heaven and many other books, including the annual Best of British Fantasy series.

Shanaz Gulzar

Shanaz Gulzar is Chair Bradford 2025, Producer of Manchester International Festival and a visual artist.

About The Chair

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Caroline Cooper Charles

As Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire Caroline champions the film, TV and wider screen industries in Yorkshire & Humber and provides leadership to a talented team of industry experts who deliver skills and talent development, production support and content investment. Caroline’s 25-year career within the screen industries has evolved from running her first production company with acclaimed music video director Dawn Shadforth to her previous role as Head of Creative at Screen Yorkshire. Along this journey she has spent time as Talent Development Executive for Scottish Film Talent Network, Head of Film at Creative England, Head of Creative Development at Warp X, managed the UK Film Council’s nationwide short film programme through her company Lifesize Pictures and spent a year as Director of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival.