NiTRO Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education


A new report produced by the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Bureau of Economic Analysis highlights the economic impact of COVID on the arts and culture sector in the US. It notes that the performing arts were one of the hardest hit areas of the US economy suffering

A new report ‘Reshaping policies for creativity: addressing culture as a global public good’ released by UNESCO has called upon governments across the world to improve labour protection and wages for artists and cultural workers. Commentary in The Guardian noted that the global creative economy had lost over 10 million

Research conducted by the University of Newcastle is highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on arts and culture in the Hunter region. The report explores the effect that COVID-19 has had on  employment, income, social cohesion, audience reach and creative expression. Amongst the findings, the report reveals that: 60% of survey

During the turbulent beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic, with threats of extreme global consequences hanging over each word read, each key pressed, those of us early in our careers found a melancholy and perhaps a distaste towards research and work. It was hard to stay the course when the

The lockdown that occurred as a result of COVID-19 from March 20, 2020 saw higher music education institutions grappling with how to adapt to teaching in an online context. From the perspective of a performance-based music institution, one year on, this article re-evaluates the challenges relating to embodied peer

It is well-known musicians enjoy their art form because it blends challenge and satisfaction: playing with a high-level of motor and musical refinement, while facilitating important self-to-other transactions linked to social cohesion, and implicit and explicit wellbeing outcomes. In the early months of 2020, the world went into a

It’s been a year of momentous change. I started my job at London South Bank University (LSBU) during lockdown, meeting my team for the first time online in 2020, in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. My day was quickly filled with back-to-back online meetings.

In the summer of 2019 an Erasmus+ bid for research into STEAM in Higher Education, coordinated by Birmingham City University, was approved. At the time, the UK was also in protracted negotiations with the European Union, the impending exit having implications for educational exchange. This would prove to be

Monday 2 March 2020 turned out to be Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s last day of normal service. Hitherto there had only been five cases of COVID-19 in the UK. That morning we discovered that one of our staff had tested positive and became the sixth case.

Recent online interviews with Professor Carol Becker, Dean of the Columbia University School of the Arts, and Professor Rob Cutietta, Dean of the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California (USC), offered insights into the impact of 2020 on the tertiary arts sector on the eastern and western