We remain vigilant and ready to share working ideas with the wider creative community. Over the last turbulent months we have watched and gathered responses – we will share some key topics, that you may like to cross-reference with your own knowledge of how different cultural communities are considering the situation and reacting.
This is not a definitive list, but instead a snapshot of how some voices have responded so far.
· How three very different museums are dealing with the COVID-19 Crisis (20th April). From artsy.net
· To keep the industry alive, the Association of Art Museum Directors (USA) should permanently give museums freer rein to sell work (27th April). artnews.com
· Bye bye, blockbusters: can the art world adapt to Covid-19? (20th April). From the Guardian.
· Network of European Museum Organisations publishes initial results of survey on the impact of the corona crisis on museums in Europe (7th April). From nemo.org.
· A collapsing art market will hurt under-represented artists the most. Here’s how to ensure their voices are not lost (20th April). From artnet.com
The links below are a collection of responses to initiate further thoughts and consider how we can work and share across borders as a genuine community: collecting and mapping responses from different geographic communities; crisis planning and calls for action; solidarity across different art forms; changing creative approaches; how art education reacts; and broadening the fundamental rights of artistic freedom of expression.
The first two links, to On The Move and to Eunic Global, give a good overview of current European mapping.
· Coronavirus related resources: Arts, Culture and Cultural Mobility (On the Move – Cultural mobility information network) on-the-move.org
· How is the European cultural sector responding to the current Corona Crisis – EU National Institutes for Culture eunicglobal.eu
· Theatre must better support its precious resource of freelance artists (20th April) thestage.co.uk
· The Art Angle Podcast: Why Germany’s COVID-19 Relief Plan Is the Envy of the Art World (9th April) artnet.com
· Covid-19 outbreak could be ‘final straw’ for struggling artists – Scottish Artist Union (30th April) Article in The Herald
· Flatten the cube: post-internet art’s lessons for our current crisis and what comes after (30th April) artnews.com
· Art Students Demand University Accountability and Reimbursements During Pandemic hyperallergic.com
· How are final year art school students dealing with the impact of Covid-19 on their education? 10magazine.com
· World Art Day – The State of Artistic Freedom 2020 report (15th April) Please visit Freemuse for more information on the report and other important issues.
We hope this compendium of reminders to the current crisis is useful and will encourage you to share with us activity that is happening in your creative region.
Chris & Guðrún