Span Arts to remain active online.
The Span Arts building will be temporarily closed from Tuesday 17th March until further notice due to the Government’s announcement of emergency measures being put in place on Tuesday night.
Span Arts has had to take the difficult decision to cancel or postpone our forthcoming programme of events and also cancel all community activities held in the building to protect our audience, volunteers and staff.
The Span Arts team however, are keen to tell us that although they have had to shut their doors, they will remain active on projects and online.
“Our team is working hard setting up office at home and coming up with a range of creative new ways to keep people from being isolated at home. It has rarely felt as important as it does now to combat isolation and loneliness and help people feel better, happy and connected in Pembrokeshire” says Kathryn Lambert, Director of Span Arts.
The new measures will devastate an already fragile sector that works hard to ensure our communities can enjoy live music and theatre and the positive impact of the arts on our health and wellbeing.
The Arts Council of Wales have told Span Arts that in these difficult and unprecedented times they recognise and empathise with the serious personal and professional impacts for artists, practitioners and organisations arising from Covid-19. “We stand firmly with the artists and arts organisations of Wales and our priority is to find practical ways of supporting those who are trying to manage the financial consequences of the current situation.”
Span Arts say that they will contact customers as soon as possible to let ticket holders know about their plans and to arrange a refund.
Span Arts project activity remains busy and vital and the team is working hard to find alternative and creative ways to provide support, connection and respite for all, especially those most vulnerable. A new project Clwb Digi Cares funded by the West Wales Is Kind fund has just started, which due to the current situation, will initially provide an opportunity to test new virtual creative technology connecting young participants with older people in Care Homes, in an atmosphere of playfulness and experimentation.