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SCAN Covid-19 Survey results

Scottish Contemporary Art Network’s survey of those working in the visual art sector in Scotland shows that a third of art workers had lost all of their income since lockdown was announced on March 23. Over a third of art venues and production facilities surveyed reported they had lost more than half their income and told of widespread cancellations to programmes and projects, as well as potential job cuts.

Despite these difficulties we know that SCAN members are striving to meet the challenges, providing digital services and programmes in communities across Scotland. You can read the full survey results here:

SCAN Covid-19 Survey Results: Individuals

SCAN Covid-19 Survey Results: Organisations

Clare Harris, SCAN Director, said: ‘Our survey confirms just how shaky the future is for Scotland’s world-renowned visual art community. We know that self-employed art workers are having a terrible time; and we also know that organisations – which in turn provide work and income for self-employed artists and workers – are fearing for their future beyond three to six months.

Much of Scotland’s visual art activity is free at point of access, supported by income generated through classes, cafes and hires, for example. While the ongoing economic impact of Covid-19 places this delicate infrastructure at risk our members are doing everything they can.’

Date: 12 May 2020

SCAN Covid-19 Survey results