In all UK nations and regions, the arts, culture and heritage sector has been faced with unprecedented challenges through the pandemic, prompting organisations to adapt to new ways of working.

As restrictions, policies and timelines have varied by place, however, so have audience responses.


Northern Ireland

"Northern Ireland’s experience of COVID has been a little different from other parts of the UK, for a variety of reasons. With Health a devolved area, the Northern Ireland Executive has set its own policies, although aligned with the rest of the UK, the Irish Republic and WHO guidance. NI-specific policies have included an October ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown and Northern Ireland also had a particularly fast start to the roll-out of vaccines..."

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Scotland

"Like their colleagues across the UK, Scottish arts organisations face many uncertainties as preparations for the cultural recovery begin. A longer period of more severe restrictions in many parts of Scotland has resulted in a majority of organisations welcoming very few, if any, audiences since lockdowns began in March 2020, with venues across the sector relying on emergency funding from Creative Scotland and other supporters to stay afloat..."

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Wales

"Multiple lockdowns have meant working from home has become the norm and unlike some of their counterparts across the border, Welsh Government rulings have kept doors shut for many organisations. As a result, it has become even more important for organisations in Wales to get creative and reimagine their activity and engagement as entities unaided (but also unconstrained) by their buildings..."

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