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Monday 15 July 2024

Session #2 The Arts Economy in a Time of Corona




The Arts Economy in a Time of Corona
12-1pm (Brisbane time zone) Thursday 21 May 2020

For this Creative Industries session, we explored the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Australian arts economy.  The virus has significantly altered the everyday lives and livelihoods for Australian artists, artsworkers and arts organisations. Galleries have been closed, public gatherings have been restricted, and arts and cultural experiences have been downscaled, postponed, cancelled or digitally pivoted.  Artists, workers and organisations are facing unexpected income losses, and the full financial impacts are yet to be seen. Our esteemed panel of arts industry professionals looked at the state of play from their vantage point, the challenges across the sector, the strategies for survival, recovery and adaptation.

The agenda and presenters were as follows:
Kate O’Hara – Director, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts & session moderator
Guest Panellists
Alison McDonald – Independent artist & Umbrella member
Brian Tucker – Treasurer, Umbrella Board – CPA (30 years working with not-for-profit art organisations)
Alex Wagner – Client Manager, Arts Queensland 
Wendy Brooks – Philanthropic Partnership Specialist & Director, Wendy Brooks & Partners
Led by moderator with audience questions

Creative Industries received generous support from the Regional Arts Development Fund in 2020.  The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the Townsville City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region - Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal - as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

Umbrella is a Dealer Member of the Indigenous Art Code. This means we are committed to fair and ethical trade with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and transparency in the promotion and sale of artwork. As a Dealer Member and signatory to the Code we must act fairly, honestly, professionally and in good conscience in all direct or indirect dealings with artists.


Umbrella is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. | Umbrella is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funding from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a funding partner of Umbrella's program.