Leading Instagram artist Unskilled Worker has warned that the coronavirus crisis will lead creatives to “fall through the floor” if they don’t get more support.
Helen Downie – who paints as Unskilled Worker, and whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D and many other publications – told The Big Issue that she is scared the pandemic will further increase inequality in the UK.
“It’s been tough for everyone. The creative industry has suffered terribly and the consequences are very frightening,” she said.
“Without support, thousands of creatives will literally fall through the floor. I hope this won’t be another example of where the privileged profit through opportunity and the rest will be left to sink.”
Artists have been hard hit by the recession caused by coronavirus, as well as the closure of many of the venues where their work would normally be on show.