Art in & out of Lockdown Report

Image courtesy of Summerhall


The ‘Art in & out of Lockdown’ report describes how Edinburgh’s cultural institutions have helped support local communities during the 2020 pandemic. We talked to eight institutions during the months of June and July 2020: North Edinburgh Arts, WHALE Arts, granton:hub, LeithLate, Summerhall, Creative Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. In the report, interviewees describe challenges institutions have faced and the measures taken to continue work in unprecedented times.

The report found six themes across our discussions: how these institutions supported local communities during the lockdown; the sudden need to rethink buildings and live events; funding and staffing challenges; renewed concerns for diversity, equity and inclusion; pivoting to digital outreach and programmes; and sustainability and climate change.

Please download the report in full here.






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