Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts Angela Dorgan.

Culture shock: Angry, frustrated, fearful, can Ireland’s arts industry survive Covid-19?

Artists and thousands supporting them in the cultural industry say they were already underfunded in Ireland before Covid-19 hit. The lockdown has heaped even more pressure on them, and many are not happy with the state's response.

20th May, 2020 - 12 min read

Bríd Higgins Ní Chinnéide was excited about seeing her oil paintings exhibited in the Hang Tough Gallery in Dublin at the end of March. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, that exhibition has been postponed indefinitely.

Ireland’s artists are suffering a shock to their sector, caused by the rippling effects of Covid-19. “This has really thrown some of my plans for the year,” says Ní Chinnéide.

Arts organisations will lose an estimated €2.9 million in income per month of shutdown and the economic impact on the sector to date is over €10 million, according to the Arts Council.

In addition to this, up to 12,000 events have been cancelled with...

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