Life in the arts across Europe

Photo of woman standing by tree stump in snow
27 Mar 2018

Artists from across Europe describe what it’s like to work in their country of origin – from the almost desperate situation for some freelance artists in Spain to the generous support on offer in Arctic Norway.

Two thirds of livestreaming performers expect to continue post-pandemic

08 Jun 2021

A lack of infrastructure and interaction with audiences are pressing issues for artists streaming live - but monetisation remains the most major concern.

In a sector under pressure, will freelancers suffer or thrive?

26 May 2021

Employers cannot see freelancers as the ‘always on’ source of talent and skill that can be picked up and put down at will, says Jane Ide.

Rehearsal complex to be a 'godsend' for freelancers

26 May 2021

New Diorama Theatre will open a free workspace in July, welcoming up to 80,000 creatives per year: "We would be delighted if other places stole the idea and emulated it."

Free Word to close after 12 years

24 May 2021

The first National Portfolio Organisation lost to the effects of the pandemic will close its doors next week, leaving a gap in support for writers, artists and activists.

'Creators Council' mooted to help workforce and assist recovery

13 May 2021

A parliamentary report into writers' experience of Covid-19 says "a clear line of communication between the Government and the creative workforce" would address gaps in support - and save an £11bn industry from a cliff edge.

Liverpool's artist studios 'could disappear', report warns

03 May 2021

Studios have been unsure about their eligibility for funding during the pandemic and don't know where to turn for advice.

ACE defends Culture Recovery Fund distribution

23 Apr 2021

Serota and Henley told MPs they could not have handled the emergency funding response any better, failing to acknowledge the lack of support for freelancers.

50% of comedy workers have lost half their income, survey suggests

Secret Comedy Podcast at Edinburgh Fringe 2013
19 Apr 2021

Comedians are making just 5% of their pre-pandemic income from streamed shows while half of off-stage workers have no live gigs booked, raising questions about the industry's survival.

Challenging the norms of dance

Someone mid-dance in a leotard kneeling on the floor
24 Mar 2021

Grace Nicol wants to redefine how we make dance to support more risky work. The answer, she thinks, lies in greater pastoral care.

Arts remain at 'epicentre of the crisis' a year after lockdown

19 Mar 2021

Freelancers, young people, women and live performance art forms have been disprortionately affected by a year of lockdowns. Extended financial support may not be enough. 

An unacceptable truth

18 Mar 2021

To describe the past year as unprecedented is an understatement. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking anything has really changed, Liz Hill warns.

Acting is an emotional assault

Richard Blackwood in Typical
17 Mar 2021

Wabriya King was told she had to be tough to be an actress. It’s not her who needed to change, she writes.

'Mental health crisis' among musicians is worsening, charity warns

10 Mar 2021

Even with a light at the end of the lockdown tunnel, musicians' mental health is suffering due to "substantial uncertainty around how quickly the music industry can recover".

One candle can light the next

24 Feb 2021

When her work was erased, Tori Allen-Martin took action to make sure it didn’t happen to anyone else. It’s turned into so much more, she writes.

The difference between recovery and survival

Isabel Lewis, the occasion of an afternoon at Palmhuset, for Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, 2015. Image by Attila Urban
17 Feb 2021

Moira Jeffrey writes that the fight to survive is a reality we cannot ignore. Focussing on that alone will lead to “erosion and obsolescence”.

A moral failure in cultural policy

A girl looking at picture they've taken on a camera
17 Feb 2021

Underpaid artists have become caretakers for communities that commissioners want to say they’re supporting. Eleonora Belfiore asks: whose responsibility is it to push for the change we so desperately need?

Including the excluded

Screenshot of a virtual choir
10 Feb 2021

Sonali Joshi says parity in support for the self-employed is the vital ingredient for a positive future.

One story is not enough

A man holding a photo with a woman in the background
02 Feb 2021

Middle Eastern and North African arts professionals have been all but invisible in the UK. It's time to find our voice, take ownership of the narrative, and change how the industry sees us, writes Sepy Baghaei

Volunteers keep creativity alive

A group of people working on floral displays
02 Feb 2021

The creative activity that thrives in everyday society is often the most overlooked and unsupported, writes Robin Simpson. Here’s how you can help.

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