ANALYTICAL REPORT – MARCH 2021
COVID-19: IMPACT SURVEY ON THE ARTS RESIDENCIES FIELD – SURVEY II OF III
65% of artists have been forced to pursue non-arts work, while 12.2% are considering leaving the sector entirely.
68% of artists and 61% of arts residency operators have been unable to access emergency funding.
88% of artist respondents have had their mental health impacted by the pandemic, with 57% saying it has affected their ability to produce new works.
More than a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, creative sectors around the world are still struggling. By our nature of facilitating arts and cultural exchange across national and international borders, the field of arts residencies is one of the hardest-hit. This continuing partnership between Res Artis and University College London (UCL) aims to document the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector in the short, medium, and long term.
Our first survey of artists and arts organisations found that by September 2020, a majority (54%) of planned residencies had been cancelled, modified, cut short, or postponed. One in 10 arts residency operators reported being forced to close indefinitely, and just 17% of respondents were able to access emergency funding support. The Survey I report, published in November 2020, explains these and other findings in more detail.
This, the second of three survey reports addressing the impact of COVID-19 on the arts residency sector, reveals further troubling statistics and anecdotes from artists and residency operators about the medium-term impact of the pandemic. This report will address the financial state of the sector one year into COVID-19, what funding support has been available to the sector, the mental health impact on artists, and anticipations for the future of the sector in the coming year.
By illustrating the changing situation of the artist mobility sector through quantitative and qualitative data, we hope to inform artists, sector funders, and researchers, and make policy recommendations to encourage a strong recovery for the sector world-wide.
Read the report here: ResArtis_UCL second survey report_COVID-19 impact on arts residencies
ANALYTICAL REPORT – SEPTEMBER 2020
COVID-19: IMPACT SURVEY ON THE ARTS RESIDENCIES FIELD – SURVEY I OF III
54% of planned residencies cancelled, modified, cut short or postponed.
One in 10 or 9% of arts residency operators forced to close indefinitely.
Just 17% of respondents able to access emergency funding support.
Res Artis and UCL have released an analytical report of a survey examining the impact of COVID-19 on the international arts residencies field. The survey conducted between 7 May and 1 June 2020 received 1,132 responses from 774 artists and 358 arts organisations around the globe. This first survey investigated the pandemic’s immediate effect on in-progress and planned arts residencies, while two further surveys to follow will explore medium and long-term impact.
The primary aim of this survey series is to articulate the challenges and opportunities for the sector during this difficult time. Ultimately, we hope the collaboration, hard data and analysis will lead to positive change by providing information, support and key policy recommendations for artists, arts residency operators, funders and key sector stakeholders.
Read the report here: Res Artis_UCL_first survey report_COVID-19 impact on arts residencies