The Arts Council today welcomed the work carried out by Theatre Forum which led to guidelines for the reopening of arts centres being made available today.
These will assist arts centres throughout the country to consider how they might prepare to re-open under radically changed circumstances.
Arts centres are central to their communities and all are anxious to resume their work as soon as possible, within government guidelines, and with the health and safety of audiences, artists and staff paramount in plans.
The guidelines recognise arts centres as places of work for artists, and as places for audiences to participate and engage with the arts. They are a crucial part of the infrastructure and must be supported to play their fullest part in the national reopening and recovery. A return to large-scale events for audiences is clearly something for the future and the guidelines will evolve as we learn how to adapt to unprecedented circumstances.
In the meantime, despite the difficulties, arts centres are determined to play their role in supporting communities of artists in the making of work and in engaging with audiences through the arts, a support that is so important at such a stressful time.
The guidelines are available here.
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