URC & Zoom — 14 December 2021 – Dorothy Wilson

Arts and live music

The impact of Covid and the importance of recovery

This talk will be in Church Stretton URC.

Dorothy will talk about the importance of the arts to us as individuals and as communities — the health benefits of participation and active engagement as audiences. She will also make a case for the importance of the arts to society, our country and our economy.

Dorothy will take a look at where we are at now, and will map some of the impacts of the pandemic and the shoots of recovery to be found and measured. Dorothy will also talk about the impact on community arts and professional artists, and look at progress being made and opportunities for the future.

Dorothy Wilson

Before setting up her own creative consultancy in 2016, for 26 years Dorothy was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of MAC Birmingham, establishing it as one of the country’s busiest and most used arts centres. Under Dorothy’s leadership development of a wide ranging and widely engaged education and outreach programme reflected the diverse city of Birmingham and brought national and international recognition for the organisation. Dorothy managed a £15.4m capital development and expansion of the arts centre, reopening in May 2010.

Before taking up her role at MAC, Dorothy spent 14 years at West Midlands Arts / Arts Board, including seven years as deputy director, working across a range of art forms. For seven years, until late 2009, she chaired the West Midlands regional board of Arts Council England and served on their national board.

Dorothy has wide experience of governance as a board member and office holder. She was for a number of years Chair of The New Vic Theatre, North Staffordshire and of Motionhouse Dance Company. She is currently Chair of the boards of a number of organisations, including Making Music, The Independent Cinema Office and Grand Union Arts CIO. For several years Dorothy was a member of the Council of Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. She was the founder Chair of Culture Central, a collective voice and development agency for culture and the creative industries in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region.

Dorothy is an active musician, singing and playing viola for a wide range of professional and voluntary midlands ensembles. She is also a teacher and voice coach.