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Impact of COVID-19 on Visual Arts Workers

8th Apr 2020

The Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) has worked with a range of partners across England to develop a national survey to help understand the impact of recent support measures upon the visual arts workforce.

Emergency support measures put in place by Arts Council England, HM Treasury and others will not meet the needs of all; the survey is open to the whole range of individuals that work in the visual arts sector, from artists and makers to technicians and fabricators, from curators to consultants. 

In association with a-n The Artist Information Company, Artists’ Union England, Artquest, Axisweb, CuratorSpace, DACS, Engage and Guild, the research will be undertaken by Earthen Lamp.  Findings will be used to help sector support organisations understand how to best to deploy their capacity and resource over the challenging times ahead.

Through the findings, CVAN and partners hope to build an evidence base to use to advocate for artists and arts professionals in a position of hardship over coming months. As key sector support organisations working to support the visual arts in its broadest sense, it will be an aid to coordinate our efforts, and lobby effectively for the sector. 

Sarah Munro, Director of Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and Chair of CVAN commented:

“We hope this research will inform our approach to sector support collaboration moving forward, coalescing around the needs of a future visual arts sector that will inevitably be changed by the challenges we’re all facing.”

To help us understand the impact of COVID-19 on the visual arts workforce, fill in the survey, which closes on 14th April: here




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