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Social investment in times of uncertainty

18/10/2022 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Social investment in times of uncertainty

The UK’s arts, culture and heritage sectors are facing an unprecedented mix of economic challenges: from the lasting impact of the pandemic to the looming cost of living crisis; from the increased cost of borrowing to rising inflation. There’s also significant uncertainty around which organisations will qualify as part of Arts Council England’s national portfolio, with the news being announced in October.

These factors have understandably prompted organisations to look more broadly at their funding options, including the possible role for social investment.So, what is the role for social investment and other forms of repayable finance in this challenging context?

Nesta is hosting a webinar centred around;

  • What is social investment and how it work
  • How arts & culture organisations can use it to help them deliver on their missions
  • The misconceptions and risks around it – and how these can be mitigated


Marcel Baettig, Founder and Chief Executive, Bow Arts Trust


Originally training and worked as an artist, Marcel had a successful early career creating exhibitions and public commissions. In 2013 Marcel was award a prize for Social Entrepreneur of the Year, at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards for his innovative, independent business model that invests around £3 to £4 million annually back into cultural and educational opportunities for residents in east London. Previous positions include Director of Bow Arts Trading, Founder and Director of London’s Artist Quarter, Founder and Director for the Artist Studio Finder, Founder and Director, the National Federation of Artist Studio Providers. Marcel was also a member of the Greater London Authority’s Creative

Steve Mannix, Executive Director, Mercury Theatre Colchester


Steve was appointed Executive Director of the Mercury Theatre in 2014. He was part of the Culture and Ceremonies Team for London 2012 and was responsible for establishing several of the major projects within the Cultural Olympiad. Throughout his career Steve has been an advisor and board member to various strategic bodies, arts and voluntary sector organisations. These have included Arts Council England, The Albany (Vice Chair), Oval House (Vice Chair), the Independent Theatre Council (Vice Chair), Graeae Theatre Company (Chair), Association of London Government and The British Council.


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