The Arts Students’ Union is calling on all students and staff from across University of Arts London (UAL) to produce a Creative Manifesto, which will be your radical collective vision for arts and culture in London over the next five years.  

The arts are struggling in our city, hit hard by the pandemic, with job losses, the closure of venues, and a lack of opportunities. There are other issues to consider: the cost of living, competitive job markets, unpaid internships, poor representation within creative industries, and many more.  

Uncertain and unprecedented are two words we hear far too often. It’s time we got rid of them and created our own optimism. Who better to propose solutions to these issues than you, the creative students who are directly affected by them?   

We're looking for UAL students and staff to participate in an assembly, involving a series of talks and workshops. Together, you’ll explore different themes regarding arts and culture in London and produce a set of demands to be included in the manifesto.  

The London Mayoral Election will be taking place on 6th May 2021. This will be a fantastic opportunity to share the Creative Manifesto with the candidates, the elected Mayor and the general public, and generate discussion around support for the arts in London.  

Think Big. Think Bold. 


The Assembly 

We’re looking for a cohort of students and staff to join the Creative Manifesto Assembly, where you’ll work together to produce a set of demands for the manifesto.  

Participants will be split into working groups of their choice, each exploring a particular theme: Sustainability, Decolonizing the Arts, Cost of Living, Accessibility and Cross-Sector Collaboration. 

To encourage ambitious considerations for ways to support creatives in London, the initial meeting of each working group will be facilitated by organisations and individuals currently addressing the groups’ respective themes.  

Working groups will be tasked with producing three separate demands relating to the theme they are exploring that they want to see included in the manifesto. 

The demands of each group will then be put forward for all UAL students and staff to vote on a single demand under each theme, which will be included in the final Creative Manifesto.  

Key Dates  
  • Opening Assembly – 10th February  

  • Working Group Meetings – 17th & 24th February 
  • Roundup Assembly – 3rd March 

*All meetings will take place on Zoom on Wednesday afternoons outside of regular teaching and learning times.