Staffing issues signal overdue reform

ArtsHub spoke with arts workers and peak industry body to uncover what can be learnt and done with staffing shortages exacerbated by Omicron.

Arts organisations have been left on their own while trying to deliver their biggest summer programs in two years among staff shortages and COVID complicated cancellations once again.

Recently we have already seen ACMI and HOTA cut back on programming, while events such as the Perth Festival are winding back major public events to help reduce exposure to audiences, staff and volunteers.

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_