As we see the first signs of galleries and museums reopening, Paul Williams spoke to RIBA Journal about the next chapter for cultural institutions, government support for the sector and making access to art more democratic.
“What museums and galleries have done brilliantly during this global health crisis is use their digital channels to break down barriers by making access to art more democratic. However, cultural institutions’ existence and generosity cannot be taken for granted. This is also a particularly tough time for artists and all freelancers in the creative sector.
To see the government recognise the contribution of creative industries and support their recovery with a newly announced unprecedented £1.57bn investment in the sector is a major step forward. I hope it will mark a new chapter of ongoing support for the one area that will not only bring tourists back, but will serve as a catalyst for public and social life and our resilience as humans.”
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