Innovation and adaptation, including the move to digital, has been a feature of individual and organisational response to the pandemic across the arts and creative sector.
Arts and Humanities research exploring this has exposed a need for wide-ranging skills development and training in the cultural sector to support future inclusion and accessibility and to ensure continued innovation. There is a need to build on technological advances made during COVID to support new ways of working and economic resilience, post-pandemic.
Researchers have also highlighted training needs and skills gaps in the public sector around data management to support and build public trust, in management of natural environments and public spaces to promote wellbeing, and in teaching critical thinking in education. Studies have developed principles to inform training in leadership designed to help build a fairer and more equitable cultural sector, and methods that can help healthcare staff to communicate more effectively.
Download policy briefs and access further information for these projects:
Arts and cultural sectors
- HEartS Professional: The Health, Economic and Social Impact of COVID-19 on Professionals in the Arts
- Widening Access to Arts and Culture Through Video Streaming
- Collaborative Solutions for the Performing Arts: A Telepresence Stage
- Digital Theatre Transformation: A Case Study and Digital Toolkit for Small to Mid-Scale Theatres in England
- Making it FAIR: Understanding the Lockdown ‘Digital Divide’ and the Implications for the Development of UK Digital Infrastructures
- Outside the Box: Open Air Performance as a Pandemic Response
- Performing Leadership Differently: Co-creating Collective Strategies for Change
Public sector and organisations
- Nature’s Way: Co-Creating Methods for Innovating Nature-based Solutions for Public Health and Green Recovery in a Post-COVID World
- Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19
- The Observatory for Monitoring Data-Driven Responses to COVID-19 (OMDDAC)
- Combatting Gendered, Sexual and Online Harms and Risks During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Developing Resources for Young People, Parents and Schools