The industry of art has been greatly affected by the pandemic and the community has faced both challenges and opportunities as a result.
Artists have struggled to make work due to the uncertainty they have faced. The lack of hope and clarity combined with an absence of resources and inspiration has left artists feeling unmotivated, unsupported and stressed. Despite many artists having always worked alone in studios, the lockdown has had financial and emotional effects as artists find it onerous to concentrate on both old and new projects.
Plato said “necessity is the mother of invention” – the pandemic has given the industry an opportunity to develop. The digitalisation of the art world has led to wider accessibility to those who had previously viewed art as a restrictive community due to geographic, economic and social factors. Audiences will now be comfortable with witnessing and engaging in culture online. Online viewing does not always supply the same physical experience in galleries, but it does allow time to immerse yourself in the art for as long as you want, free from others who take away from the experience and the absence of restraints in visiting these places.
The popularity of arts and crafts has greatly increased during the lockdown as a way for people to stay connected, keep active and take part in a mindful activity. This trend has resulted in the opening up of the space to people who did not have much previous exposure to it. This new-found interest will stay with them post-lockdown and they will then go on to visit galleries and contribute to the art community even more. This experience of connecting and reaching out to different networks offers a model for collaboration in the future as people’s thinking shifts from the micro to the macro scale.