How the Coronavirus Is Affecting the Art Industry

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As COVID-19 spreads rapidly, health authorities advise people to isolate themselves to stay safe. Countries around the world have begun closing their borders, while major cities like New York and Paris have shut down bars and restaurants. Schools have also been closed, and hundreds of millions of people have been advised to stay at home and avoid close contact with one another. As the situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve, concerns about public health are growing rapidly.

How the Coronavirus Is Affecting the Art Industry
The Art Fucker

How well is the Art industry holding up

The virus is affecting most parts of the world and is having a significant impact on industries as well. In the last week, we have seen the majority of art fairs closing their doors due to the increase in restrictions and virus cases. Essentially, the art industry relies on socializing, meet-and-greets, and gallery attendance. In this pandemic, these entities have become breeding grounds as attendees fly in from around the globe.

Consequently, The Other Art Fair (TOAF) announced that they would be postponing a number of their fairs, following a global trend in the industry. The London Design Biennale and Ceramic Art London have also chosen to cancel their 2020 events.

List of Cancelled Fairs
  • London, at The Old Truman Brewery, 19 – 22 March
  • Sydney, at The Cutaway, 19 – 22 March
  • Los Angeles, at Barker Hanger, 16 – 19 April
  • Brooklyn, at Expo Center, 30 April – 3 May
  • Dallas, at Dallas Market Hall, 7 – 10 May
  • Melbourne, at The Facility, 21 – 24 May
  • Chicago, at The Skylight at Board of Trade Building, 27 – 30 May
Neda Mamo

While the economic ramifications of COVID-19 are still unfolding, the question remains: when will things stabilize? Until then, stay safe and keep clean. Signing off, Art Plugged.