Arts and Humanities research during the pandemic has shown how the crisis is galvanising practitioners and stakeholders in the cultural sector to find new models for producing work and for reaching audiences. However, it has also exposed structural inequalities and exclusions for audiences and for the sector’s workforce.
Technological innovations, including hybrid modes of digital and analogue production, and an increasing focus on local social and civic responsibility have the potential to support the sector’s economic sustainability, to widen public access to culture, and to build new audience communities. We also have a deeper understanding about how the infrastructure of a local cultural ecology can support public health.
Findings reveal several implications for future arts and culture funding models and strategic priorities at the local, regional and national level. They also provide increased insight into the role that the cultural sector can play in driving place-based economic growth and recovery, and in helping build individual and community health and wellbeing.
Additional skills and training are needed to support the sector’s ongoing transformation and adaptation.
Download policy briefing papers and access further information for the following projects:
- HEartS Professional: The Health, Economic and Social Impact of COVID-19 on Professionals in the Arts
- Responding to and Modelling the Impact of COVID-19 for Sheffield’s Cultural Ecology: A Case Study of Impact and Recovery
- Widening Access to Arts and Culture Through Video Streaming
- Collaborative Solutions for the Performing Arts: A Telepresence Stage
- Outside the Box: Open Air Performance as a Pandemic Response
- Digital Theatre Transformation: A Case Study and Digital Toolkit for Small to Mid-Scale Theatres in England
- The Application of Motion-Capture Technology in Telematic and Virtual Dance Performance Through a Framework for Long-distance Remote Communication
- Reinventing the Live Event
- COVID-19 Care: Culture and the Arts from Restriction to Enhancement – Protecting Mental Health in the Liverpool City Region
- Making it FAIR: Understanding the Lockdown ‘Digital Divide’ and the Implications for the Development of UK Digital Infrastructures
- Performing Leadership Differently: Co-creating Collective Strategies for Change
Information about other research projects exploring similar themes can be found here.