the year I stopped making art_2_14-04-2020

Published by

Reflecting the urgency of this moment, I wrote this text hoping to raise awareness and prompt swift reactions from institutions and the people in the position to protect the most vulnerable agents of our ecosystem, in the arts industry. The economic impact of COVID-19 on small businesses, freelancers, artists, creatives, zero-hour contract workers —amongst many other precarious workers— is undeniable.

Due to the many (and indispensable) cancellations, we are forced out of work. The truly pressing matter for us right now is our financial survival, not our visibility. Making sure our art stays visible is wonderful, but securing our income must be your priority.

I believe now is a good time to think about the ways in which we can redistribute resources across our field. One thing you can do is donate regularly a small percentage of your salary and/or budget to build a communal emergency fund like this one:

Donate: UK QTIBIPOC Relief and Hardship Fund