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.

MPs to DCMS: 'Give the sector a six-month plan'

24 Sep 2020

DCMS Committee Chair says the postponement of a full reopening of the sector presents an opportunity to do it right.

Art: a by-product of managerial concerns

Red paint dripping down a canvas
23 Sep 2020

Many of the assumptions shared by Arts Council England’s original architects have outlived their usefulness, says Andrew Pinnock. Financial support for artists should be hard-wired into the funding system.

Wales to launch £7m freelancer fund

Llangollen International Eisteddfod
16 Sep 2020

A final tranche of Welsh Government emergency funding will be reserved for up to 12,800 creatives - but the Culture Minister says organisations need a "total change of attitude" towards recovery. 

Plea to save sector as support for freelancers ends

19 Aug 2020

The imminent end of income support for freelancers "will be devastating for them and for the industry," union leaders say. The damage has already begun.

Loans can pay for freelancers, ACE says

18 Aug 2020

Organisations applying to DCMS' £270m repayable finance scheme can ask for money to employ freelancers when government support ends. 

'Cultural contract' to be condition of Welsh emergency funding

13 Aug 2020

The Welsh Government will require organisations to commit to fair pay rates, but has not responded to calls for a universal basic income for creatives.

Freelancers despair as emergency funding goes elsewhere

31 Jul 2020

Artists and creatives stand on the brink of financial disaster following announcements that the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund will be ringfenced for organisations at imminent risk of failure.

Arts get one-third of £1.57bn fund

29 Jul 2020

Arts organisations can apply for up to £3m - but those that need more must pay it back.

Arts sector worst hit as other industries emerge from lockdown 

23 Jul 2020

Ongoing closures mean the impact of Covid-19 is more severe for arts and entertainment than any other industrial sector – and the drought may not be over yet.

Covid-19: Funders reveal plans for the survival of the sector

02 Apr 2020

£11m for Scotland, £7m for Wales and £1m for Northern Ireland as their arts councils announce plans to support organisations and creative workers.

Covid-19: Disability top of mind for DCMS

30 Mar 2020

Disabled artists say their safety, security and insight into limited lifestyles are crucial during this crisis. 

Victory: sector celebrates pay protection for self-employed

27 Mar 2020

As stopgap measures grow in number, some arts workers will still fall through the cracks.

Mounting pressure to protect freelancers' income

23 Mar 2020

Surveys say 70% fear they can't pay the bills, 60% expect their income to halve and 50% have lost all their scheduled work.

'Don't wash your hands of us': Creative sector demands more support

20 Mar 2020

Arts workers, unions and membership organisations react to UK-wide closures and the “unmanageable risks” presented by the lack of an enforced directive. 

£330k emergency fund for authors affected by Covid-19

20 Mar 2020

The slush fund is the latest urgent funding measure to support imperilled freelancers.

Covid-19 closures could cost more than £1m per day 

20 Mar 2020

New research showing a 92% drop in ticket sales and revenue in a single day suggests income will continue to plummet.

£330bn Covid-19 package 'not enough help to freelancers'

18 Mar 2020

Plans are in place for Government-backed loans, but sector leaders say they fail to support the freelance arts workforce.

Covid-19: Funders pledge flexibility to save the sector

18 Mar 2020

Grant funding will be ‘refocussed’ as freelancers rally to support each other – but there may not be enough cash to go around. 

ACE warned of ‘structural problems’ with strategy

11 Mar 2020

Advocates hope the funder’s upcoming delivery plan will address concerns its strategy does not support communities’ involvement in decision making.

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