What will "open" mean and what's the impact?

Art galleries, museums and theatres are gradually re-opening but things will look very different.

Watch the BBC's David Sillito and consultant James Adebayo explain what 'open' will look like below:

You can read the full article here which goes into more detail about how galleries and museums will become:

  • Ticket only - no longer allowing people to just wander in.
  • Limited numbers - the number of people is going to be strictly limited to allow social distancing
  • Viewing points - there will be controls over how and where you can stop and linger.
  • One-way - many museums and galleries will direct where and how you walk around.
  • Time controls - Tickets will be for set arrival times, and there might be limits to how long you will be allowed to linger.

So we're asking: what will be the impact of this new kind of "open"?

Add your answers in the comments below.

What do you think will be the impact on art, artists, audiences and institutions?

Comments (4)

  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    23 Jun 2020

    In the video it said that the new 'open' will mean ticket only events, booking ahead online and limited numbers. What will this mean? In my opinion is that going to these places would be less enjoyable because of the restrictions. There will be so many rules and regulations: Firstly, you will only be bale to spend a restricted amount of time. This will mean that it might feel a bit rushed, especially for the people who want to see as much as possible. Then there's the one way systems in smaller places, you also will not be able to roam around. This will make it feel less leisurely because it will go from. 'where do you want to go now' to ' sorry we can't go all the way back there.' You will also have to social distance. This will mean that it will feel less leisurely, constantly making sure your maintaining safe distance. The controls over how long you can linger at one exhibition will also make it feel rushed. Overall, these new regulations will make leisure attractions less fun to be at, the entire atmosphere will change: less people, less chatter, time restrictions, social distancing and one way routes. However, these places opening is still better than not opening because then people can visit if they want which might make people less bored. Leisure attractions are loosing money so opening, though in a different way, will be better than nothing.

    For artists and institutions any kind of open will be better than no opening. This is because, according to Ernesto Ottone in the session 2 page, artists are struggling to make ends meet in these times. People viewing their art will mean that they can try and get back on track. In addition to this, cultural institutions are loosing millions each day in these times so having places open will be good for them. However, it will not be ideal. This is because of the regulations and rules and the corona virus still being around. These rules and Covid19 will discourage people from going to art exhibitions etc. So there might still be financial losses for artists and cultural institutions.


    In conclusion, this new open is still better than no opening at all but it will make leisure attractions less leisurely so less people will want to visit. This will mean that there will still be financial losses for leisure attractions, though less than before.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      versatile_molecule's comment 23 Jun 2020

      A well-reasoned reflection on what this might mean. Why might some people be in favour of this kind of visiting, especially people who want to visit particularly busy galleries or popular artworks?

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      1. Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 23 Jun 2020

        Why might people be in favour of this kind of visiting? Well many would want a sense of normality. Being out in the world visiting attractions might bring a sense of relief. After months at home many will want to get out and about, despite the rules and regulations.

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  • Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
    07 Jul 2020

    Putting these regulations in place will inevitably change the atmosphere in art galleries, theatres and museums. To start specifically with art galleries and museums, the whole idea of leisurely strolling into these places and looking around, touching surfaces and interactive attractions will be non-existent. To add to this, there will most likely be one-way systems which make the ordeal of going into these galleries and museums with a face mask, social distancing and flustered people even more stressful- not stress free. But I do think the general public will have to be understanding on why these measures are in place and stick to them. Turning to theatres, the idea of lounging around and laughing loudly or chatting with increased volume would be gone. Just like art galleries and museums, the atmosphere will be quite stressful, maybe even more so because once you are watching a film, you are immersed in that world and could possibly forget about the regulations and laugh loudly, spreading droplets of spit around, increasing the chances of spreading coronavirus.
    As Versatile_molecule said though, any kind of opening is better than nothing, to save these businesses and satisfy the public’s craving to return to ‘normal’ activities. To summarize, the new ‘open’ will be more stressful for a lot of people, less leisurely, but nevertheless safer for the general public to return to than complete ‘normality.’

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