Lockdown sketches brought to life
Leading Scottish artist Peter Howson has recently returned to his studio in Glasgow to continue with work on large canvases during the coronavirus lockdown, producing a series of intense drawings.
One in three artists in Scotland been left without any work whatsoever in the face of the coronavirus pandemic – as 70 per cent of the country’s galleries said they expected to be forced to cancel forthcoming projects.
The first major survey of the visual arts sector in the wake of lockdown restrictions has laid bare their impact on the sector, with three quarters of those surveyed saying they had lost income last month.
According to the survey, which was carried out by the Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN), 15 per cent of visual arts organisations and galleries said they were likely to have to make staff redundant and 19 per cent were likely to have to take on extra debt.
Around 28 per cent of the artists who responded said they were self-employed and had no work at all, with a further four per cent made redundant and 5 per cent put on furlough.
● One of Scotland’s most celebrated artists has revealed a series of new work he has created during the coronavirus lockdown. Glasgow’s Billcliffe Gallery is hosting a “virtual exhibition” of new paintings on the social changes in the UK by Ayrshire artist Peter Howson.
2 Peter Howson’s National Hero, one of the new works featured in the virtual exhibition of art created while in lockdown. Above: another of the former war artist’s works, Beyond Personality. Below: Thursday At Eight