Editorial: The Art of Subsidy / The Subsidy of Art

Chris Hay, Izabella Nantsou, Lawrence Ashford


Throughout the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, artists around the world imagined new, better futures for subsidy. This issue seeks to examine both the impact of Covid 19 on funding for the arts and what this ‘break’ in status quo reveals about the nature of the relationship between artists and not just governments but also other funding mechanisms. In this issue, we curate a documentation of subsidy’s effects and operations, the specific challenges that come from funding live performance, and subsidy’s hermeneutic relationship with arts policy and cultural capital. This is a particularly apposite moment to consider both government subsidy and broader funding mechanisms, and we seek to capitalise on it to reflect on the art of subsidy, and on the subsidy of art.

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