AN EXTRAORDINARY CHALLENGE: How has Covid affected Chapter Arts?
The pandemic has had a knock on effect on all sectors but none so much as the Arts.
By March 2020, most cultural institutions across the world were indefinitely closed (or at least with their services radically curtailed), and in-person exhibitions, events, and performances were cancelled or postponed. In response, there were intensive efforts to provide alternative or additional services through digital platforms, to maintaining essential activities with minimal resources, and to document the events themselves through new acquisitions, including new creative works inspired by the pandemic.
One such business that has had to adapt is the Chapter Arts Centre. For nearly 50 years, Chapter have supported artists and audiences to thrive and take risks. Writing on their website, the company describes itself as:
“We are a centre for the production and presentation of world-class, inventive and compelling work that is open and accessible to all. Our gallery commissions and produces exhibitions of the very best in national and international art. Our theatre spaces are a platform for experimental and thought-provoking works. Our cinemas offer independent and challenging films alongside a range of unique festivals and events and we bring more films, to more people, in more places through Film Hub Wales. All of this is supported by an innovative and inclusive programme of learning and engagement events, and a large café bar where our local community can meet, eat and soak up the atmosphere over a great cup of coffee!”
The multi-artform venue, which closed to the public on March 17 last year, said it has been "particularly vulnerable during the pandemic". It generates 82% of its own income, with public subsidy representing just under 18% of turnover.
However, the Save Chapter campaign raised more than £45,000 and brought it "back from the brink of insolvency".
Luke chats to CEO of Chapter Arts, Andy Eagle about how Covid has affected Chapter....
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