SoFTA CCI Online Seminar: The precarity of freelance cultural work in the UK


6:00 PM - 7:30 PM



  • Time:18:00-19:30 (China) / 10:00-11:30 (UK)
  • Date:11 December 2023, Monday
  • Venue: Online
  • Language: English
  • Speaker: Dr Sana Kim (KCL)


Despite the renewed concern around the precarity of cultural freelancers since the start of the pandemic, so far there has been little progress in terms of pinpointing and implementing concrete policy solutions. With this research, we aim to contribute to bridging this gap in the context of UK cultural policy. We conducted 17 interviews with four groups of stakeholders across the cultural sector, namely campaigners/campaign group representatives, trade union representatives, policymakers, and researchers in cultural labour and the creative industries. We sought to harness their unique experience and expertise asking them to discuss their prioritised policy solutions to combat precarity. We identify the common themes, which emerged from these interviews. We start by mapping some of the existing challenges and then pinpoint common proposals made by the different stakeholders while also referring to several more specific policy directions mentioned by our interviewees.


Sana Kim is a postdoctoral researcher working on the Sustainable Cultural Futures research project in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. Within the broader focus on the creative industries/economies, she is interested in cultural policy, creative work and urban creative ecologies/ecosystems. Her PhD explored the impacts of the capital city relocation, that took place in Kazakhstan in 1997, on the subsequent creative development of Kazakhstan's new (Astana) and the former (Almaty) capital cities. After completing her PhD, she worked on a collaborative EU project titled DISCE (Developing Inclusive & Sustainable Creative Economies), which was looking at improving the growth of creative economies across Europe.

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