Last updated: 19 March 2020
Without Walls is monitoring the situation regarding the national and international spread of Coronavirus and the impact this will have on the artists, festivals and other partners with whom we work.
While we remain committed to supporting the development and touring of projects for presentation in 2020, coronavirus will present a variety of risks to the financial and practical viability of some of these projects, and their presentation at Without Walls festivals throughout 2020.
Many of those we work with are small companies, independent artists and freelancers, and are therefore vulnerable in this situation, which threatens the sustainability of the outdoor arts sector. We are liaising with all our festival partners and supported artists to plan for how we can offer help, revising plans where necessary. Without Walls will honour all the commission agreements made, even if the events are cancelled or project plans are disrupted, and we are working with our festival partners on strategies to address the loss of earnings in performance fees that our supported artists would face if Without Walls festivals are cancelled.
In the coming weeks, we will be consulting with artists and event organisers as well as funders and stakeholders, to explore how to coordinate or deliver services to support the sector.
We are encouraged by Arts Council England’s (ACE) recent announcement of support measures for artists and organisations who are affected by the disruption. Over the coming weeks, we will liaise with ACE and other outdoor arts practitioners to consider how ACE’s support measures and other government financial support might apply to artists and event organisers in the outdoor arts community.
This is clearly an unprecedented crisis with far-reaching impacts. Without Walls will harness the commitment, skill and resources of its many partners to explore creative ways of addressing these challenges and sharing information and resources with the wider sector.
Any further updates will be posted on this page. We have gathered several links to relevant websites and information that may be helpful to other artists, festivals or other stakeholders working in the outdoor arts and festival sector:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response – for all the latest advice and daily briefing updates.
- Also: UK Government: Guidance for employers and businesses And: UK Government: COVID-19 guidance for mass gatherings
- Arts Council England: Coronavirus Update: The latest guidance from the government on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak for our UK funded organisations and projects.
- OAUK listings: latest updates on event postponements and cancellations across the outdoor arts sector in the UK and internationally, also read Outdoor Arts UK: A Statement on Coronavirus.
- World Health Organisation: Global updates on Coronavirus
- NCVO Coronavirus guidance for charities, community groups and social enterprises
- Local Government Association: Coronavirus: Information for Councils.
- A-N: Coronavirus Covid-19: Information and guidance for artists and arts organisers.
- Join the Covid-19 Outdoor Arts Information, Questions & Advice Forum Facebook group for the latest knowledge sharing and community peer support.
- Please take a moment to fill in the Creative Industries Federation’s rapid response survey to help feedback and advocate for our sector during this challenging time.
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