Artist Grayson Perry has said the consequences of coronavirus on culture will lead to “a bit of dead wood” being lost from the arts scene.
“I think every part of life has probably got a bit of fat that needs trimming, a bit of dead wood,” he told The Arts Society magazine.
“It’s awful that the culture sector has been decimated, but I think some things needed to go.”
His comments attracted ire from some in the arts, but others backed him up.
He continued: “Too often, the audience for culture is just the people making it – theatres with whole audiences of actors, or exhibitions only put on to impress other curators.
“With Covid, it’s been like turning a computer off and on again, and seeing which files reappear. Some of them we don’t really