As restrictions to free movement here in Ireland begin to change many artists are very pleased to see our Government is rolling out a plan of action for the reopening of some of our cultural and heritage institutions, but it continues to be a long road filled with uncertainty for many, with the opening of museums, galleries and other cultural venues scheduled for July (see Governments full plan and roll out schedule here)
It's been a long road already for many, and dependant on the success of the rollout in terms of public safety, things may not go as scheduled! but we hope for the best and encourage full compliance in terms of personal and societal responsibility.
With the reports of an uptake in arts consumption online and through new virtual experiences, it remains to be seen how the sector will flourish going forward! For now we have no option to watch, innovate and participate in this new evolution for the arts.
Payment in "exposure" has always been an issue for many working in the arts and we here at #Graspthearts are keen to hear of any new venture or format that might enlighten our readers as to how this might be fairly avoided in the future, as always it is a delicate balance between the desire to share works and the desire to carve a living from our endeavours. If you can offer a solution or signpost an initiative that we can forward to the community at large we would love your input, feel free to comment here or indeed email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be sure to share your suggestions.
#Graspthearts is slowly gaining new followers and supporters every day and we envision this campaign to continue well into the future as more and more creatives and cultural workers step forward in solidarity to highlight the numbers working in our creative sectors and to create an awareness and an acknowledgment of the issues within our industry as a whole.
Most recently this has been helped by regional press and radio.