The exclusive and short-term emergency arts funding schemes from government and Arts Council England to freelance artists failed to address their livelihood needs, with the majority allowed to fall through the cracks. Early evidence from a longitudinal study surprisingly demonstrates that the lives and artistic prospects of many artists positively improved in pandemic conditions. This offers clues to the substantial shifts in arts infrastructures necessary to honour and sustain the talents and vibrancy of the diverse artists’ constituency in future.
The study demonstrates that, once freed from the constraining infrastructures that characterise the contemporary visual arts, many artists were able to derive artistic, economic and emotional benefits by widening the scope and direction of art practices and forging new routes to
livelihoods over the longer-term.
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Thanks to all artists contributing through interviews and to CAMP for a financial contribution to the research, and opportunity to present evidence at an event and a publishing commission.