Thursday October 29, 2020

Arts for everyone’s sake

The creative industries have buoyed us all during the pandemic. Yet, being told to retrain by the British government is the least surprising thing any arts worker has been urged to do

17th October, 2020
Siobhan McSweeney: ‘I’m proud of the artistic work I’ve done’; right: the British government’s advertising campaign aimed at the arts community Picture: Kristina Sälgvik

Poor Fatima. After years of bone-crushing training that begun before her body was fully grown, her girlish body clocking up thousands of hours at the bar, regimented training and eating and dedicating her entire life to a oversubscribed profession that will chew her up and spit her out by the time she reaches her 30s, even managing to be one of those rare things, a brown body in classical tutu-wearing ballet, the British government have...

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