Written on Friday, 25 September 2020
Those braving the autumnal wind and rain on Boscombe Beach in Bournemouth from today will be greeted by a giant new windbreak.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that that theatres can stay open under the new distancing rules that came into effect yesterday, and all current or planned productions can go ahead.
The Royal Academy is famously our one world class art venue that is independent. It gets no subsidy and relies entirely on sponsorship, box office and what it can earn, and runs an art school for which it charges no fee (because that’s what society did 250 years ago). So if museums and galleries are in trouble, you can say that again for the RA.
Written on Thursday, 24 September 2020
There has been a broad welcome for the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s emergency Covid crisis measures announced today, but with serious reservations that the Self Employment Income Support Scheme remain unchanged leaving many self-employed still vulnerable.
Bristol’s leading music venue Colston Hall, which has borne the name of the slave trader Edward Colston for more than 150 years, has been renamed Bristol Beacon.
Written on Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Manchester International Festival has announced a training programme for up to 10,000 unemployed young people.
Five international artists have been chosen as the shortlist to create an artistic landmark and signpost to the future of the London surburban new town of Thamesmead.
Written on Monday, 21 September 2020
Historic England has unveiled a £7.4m arts programme for England’s high streets, including four major arts commissions for works “capturing the everyday magic of high streets”.
A £25m one-off one-month fund to help larger museums, performing and visual arts organisations hit by the Covid-19 pandemic has been announced by the Garfield Weston fund on Foundation.
The fund, opening on October 5 and closing on November 9, is open to arts organisations, galleries and museums with an annual income of at least £500,000 a year, with grants worth from £100,000 to £2m.
“The UK’s performing and visual arts are among the best on the world but they have been hard hit by the pandemic” said the foundation’s director, Philippa Charles (pictured). “It became very clear to our trustees that while we have seen some incredibly, creative responses to Covid-19 many cultural organisations need support to restart their important work and bring audiences back.
Written on Thursday, 17 September 2020
The National Theatre’s Olivier, the largest of its three auditoriums, is being reshaped to accommodate bigger audiences when it reopens next month.
Written on Wednesday, 16 September 2020
The Clore Leadership Fellowship has remodelled its programme to focus on transition and change forced by the Covid-19 crisis for spring 2021.
Written on Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Cultural organisations set in our high streets will play an important role in our communities’ post-Covid recovery, says Arts Council England.
Written on Monday, 14 September 2020
An exhibition of photographs inspired by experiences of the Covid pandemic has been opened at the National Portrait Gallery by the Duchess of Cambridge.
English National Opera is to reopen with a special performance of Mozart’s Requiem in recognition of the nation’s struggles during the Covid-19 crisis.
Written on Friday, 11 September 2020
It’s always gratifying to get a proper think tank endorsing a one-man sort of inkwell tank (ink tank?) and this new report takes on a Taitmail bee - decentralising arts funding and dealing with local shortfalls – with an inarguable opening statement.
Written on Thursday, 10 September 2020
A new ten week arts festival is being launched tomorrow that brings together artists and those suffering with mental ill health.
Written on Wednesday, 09 September 2020
The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, a fixture in the art calendar, is to open – in the autumn and five months late because of Covid-19.
Written on Tuesday, 08 September 2020
The Royal Albert Hall is appealing for public donations worth £20m to ensure its survival.
Written on Monday, 07 September 2020
Weekend shoppers and residents in Wembley Park were surprised to be serenaded by musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) with live orchestral music played to an unsuspecting audience in London’s newest creative neighbourhood.
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden is believed to working on allowing theatres and concert halls to reopen from November 1 with mass testing for audiences replacing social distancing, with full operation possible Christmas.
The government should devolve arts funding to local authorities to help England recover from Covid-19.
Written on Friday, 04 September 2020
A video choir of more than 100 singers representing the three million believed to have been left out of the government’s lockdown safeguard funding has released a song via Facebook directed at Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
Written on Tuesday, 01 September 2020
Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough is reopening with an autumn and winter live programme.
Last week we published an exclusive article by the writer and actor Nichola McAuliffe about the Belarusian government’s treatment of its own national theatre, the Janka Kupal, where a play of hers had been produced. The government-appointed general director came out in support of the demonstrators against the disputed presidential election results and, she reported, was summarily sacked. The theatre’s personal all came out in his support, and now they have found their own voice, their own demands and their own plea to theatre communities and media outlets around the world for their support.