As a sector, arts and culture professionals have become much better at cross-discipline collaboration. They have also embraced the all-encompassing (and somewhat blurry) title of Creative Industries, allowing what they do to dovetail, and integrate, into new emerging creative offerings and technologies. The sector has even improved at banding together to lobby government, an outcome of the pandemic and National Cultural Policy.
But the last two years – while the sector has co-joined in certain battles – has also been a period that has been especially isolating and distancing. There was a pause in tourism to the regions, mental health statistics spiked and hybrid working environments fractured connection, yet there was a rise in regional relocations.