Our 2020 Annual Debate examines the cultural bonds between the United Kingdom’s four nations, and the role that the arts can play in building social cohesion across the British Isles.


This year’s four guest panellists represent each of the four nations and come from a range of senior positions in the arts. Our guest panellists for this event will be:

The panel discussion and question-and-answer session will be chaired by our Chair of Trustees, the Rt Hon the Baroness Prashar of Runnymede.


What did we discuss?

With ‘Brexit’ looming, regional devolved powers demonstrating their assertiveness amidst the pandemic, and renewed calls for Scottish independence and Irish unification, many people increasingly feel that the unity of the United Kingdom is at stake.

Convened in partnership with Goodenough College, London, our discussion focuses on:

  • How national identities are expressed within the rich cultural heritage of the UK
  • The role of the arts in building bridges within and across communities
  • How the power of the arts might be harnessed to unite the four nations across boundaries.

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5 November, 2020