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Art in a time of COVID
It’s incredible how, when suddenly locked down, people turned to art to keep themselves sane.
With physical galleries, concerts, theatre, festivals, museums and cinemas all off the list, we all plundered the artistic treasures to be found online. Whilst there is no shortage of rubbish, the amount of positive, highly creative artistic outpouring to be found on YouTube and Netflix, online galleries, theatre, performance and music is astonishing.
Collaborative events exploded with musicians streaming, zooming, recording, working together across the world, families cooperating in a flurry of generous creativity, socially distanced solo performances on the footpath, shopfront galleries, people in solidarity within the confines of their separateness.
In this time of crisis and isolation, the role of art becomes more central to our lives, whether we realise it or not. Stay safe and we’ll see you on the other side.
For those who are interested, the links below may be of use.
The state government’s industry guideline for COVID Safe workplaces – specific to Galleries and Museums.
In 2020, UNESCO launched a global movement called ResiliART. It joined cultural professionals worldwide and sheds light on the current state of creative industries through virtual discussions. The devastation brought to the entire culture value chain will have a long-lasting impact on the creative economy; ResiliArt aims to ensure the continuity of conversations, data sharing, and advocacy efforts long after the pandemic subsides.
For more information visit en.unesco.org/news/resiliart-artists-and-creativity-beyond-crisis
We also thought you might be interested in this message from the Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of World Art Day, April 15 2020 – right in the middle of the first wave of the virus.