Over the last year we have seen how the world can change in a moment. The impact of global lockdowns served to further highlight the impacts of global warming and the power of nature to heal; we have witnessed people across borders join together to protest for fundamental and overdue change to prejudicial structures that perpetuate racial inequality and social injustice.

For creative people working in huge amounts of uncertainty, this time also holds potential. We have seen that creativity is a tool that will support us through this time and has the power to transform lives. With all this in mind, we look forward and ask what does the year ahead hold for us? 

The 8 March marks International Women’s Day, an event with roots in London and a march in support of the women’s suffrage movement in 1914. 

During the pandemic questions have been asked of global leadership and the role of gender in relation to power, while highlighting the competency of female political leaders it has also conversely disproportionately affected women, in terms of loss of employment and expectations around homeschooling. So, we see the continued and evolving battles within gender politics. 

This issue of The Channel comes together to create intergenerational conversations: imagined, familial, and political.