A COVID impact report that isn’t ‘all bad’

New data shows 15% of NSW cultural venues are mildly impacted, while 70% show loss of income from closures.

These days we are accustomed to taking the bitter with the sweet. This is especially so in the findings of the latest COVID-19 impact report tabled this week by Museums & Galleries of NSW (M&GNSW).

A year on from its initial report, some of the data was ‘expected’ – such as a dramatic drop in programming and loss of income – but there has also been some surprising results that have buoyed the peak body.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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