According to the UK government website, the creative industries contributed £111 billion to the UK economy in 2018, and its growth rate was five times faster than the UK economy as a whole. In recent weeks many TV programmes and online platforms have been exploring how art can help us during the lockdown. And yet, along with many other industries, artists are facing real difficulties as events and exhibitions are cancelled, postponed or placed online. Many artists are falling through the system, not able to access furlough or self-employment schemes.
In ArtAction UK’s How We Value Art event we will seek to discover how countries can demonstrate the value arts and culture by actively supporting those who contribute to their economy and wellbeing. While some countries were quick to implement support structures, others were slower, displaying a lack of awareness. Without finger pointing, we will hear, compare and contrast the different experiences of artists and art organisations during this period of crisis and explore better ways to ensure the future of this vital sector.