15th March 2020
Flint Culture interviewed on DubaiEye for insights on how the art industry is coping with the COVID-19 outbreak

Flint Culture Co-Founder and MENA Director Wol Balston was interviewed on DubaiEye, the leading English talk radio station in the UAE, to offer insights into how the art industry is facing up to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Featuring on the Business Breakfast show, the interview covered the negative impact of the spreading coronavirus, as well as some positive solutions that have emerged, such as the adoption of innovative new digital platforms – whether online viewing rooms at art fairs, immersive VR experiences from the galleries, or filmed guided-tours of museum exhibitions – that are bringing art to consumers in new and engaging ways.

The early indications of an industry recovery were discussed, with major museums in China, South Korea and Japan beginning to reopen as the initial preventative lockdowns, quarantines and testing regimes have started to arrest the spread of coronavirus. Arts professionals in the Middle East can take encouragement from the sector’s response in Asia, as galleries and museums around the world become better informed and better able to operate safely in a very challenging time for the arts industry.

For the full interview tune-in to DubaiEye online (link)