TAITMAIL  High art

TAITMAIL High art

Enthusiasm for the high street as our local cultural hot spot seems to have reached fever pitch this week.

National Theatre to reopen with remodelled Olivier

National Theatre to reopen with remodelled Olivier

The National Theatre’s Olivier, the largest of its three auditoriums, is being reshaped to accommodate bigger audiences when it reopens next month.

‘Transition and change’ key to new arts leadership

‘Transition and change’ key to new arts leadership

The Clore Leadership Fellowship has remodelled its programme to focus on transition and change forced by the Covid-19 crisis for spring 2021.

Cultured high streets could save our communities

Cultured high streets could save our communities

Cultural organisations set in our high streets will play an important role in our communities’ post-Covid recovery, says Arts Council England.

 Your hundred Covid portraits

Your hundred Covid portraits

An exhibition of photographs inspired by experiences of the Covid pandemic has been opened at the National Portrait Gallery by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Coliseum reopens with Requiem

Coliseum reopens with Requiem

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.

TAITMAIL			Time to target local arts funding

TAITMAIL Time to target local arts funding

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.

Artists devise festival for mentally ill

Artists devise festival for mentally ill

A new ten week arts festival is being launched tomorrow that brings together artists and those suffering with mental ill health.

RA’s Summer Exhibition is major autumn opener

RA’s Summer Exhibition is major autumn opener

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.

 Albert Hall’s public plea for £20m rescue

Albert Hall’s public plea for £20m rescue

The Royal Albert Hall is appealing for public donations worth £20m to ensure its survival.

Concert to shop by, courtesy of the RPO

Concert to shop by, courtesy of the RPO

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.

Theatres could reopen on Nov 1

Theatres could reopen on Nov 1

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.

‘Devolve arts funding to local councils to help Covid recovery’ – report

‘Devolve arts funding to local councils to help Covid recovery’ – report

The government should devolve arts funding to local authorities to help England recover from Covid-19.

Remember the 3m you forgot, Chancellor!

Remember the 3m you forgot, Chancellor!

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. 

Scarborough goes live at the SJT - including panto

Scarborough goes live at the SJT - including panto

Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough is reopening with an autumn and winter live programme.

Belarus: ‘Our weapons are ourselves’

Belarus: ‘Our weapons are ourselves’

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.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Martin Luther King Jr, London, 1 September 1964 

Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

Kapoor’s ‘Glow for Maggie’

Kapoor’s ‘Glow for Maggie’

The sculptor Anish Kapoor has created a a new print in hopes of raising £750,000 for Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres.

ACE adds £2m to help freelance musicians and theatre artists

ACE adds £2m to help freelance musicians and theatre artists

Arts Council England has given £2m to the Theatre Artists Fund (TAF) and Help Musicians’ Financial Hardship Funding programme, set up specifically to help freelancers during the Covid-19 crisis.

RSC -  no live theatre till 2021

RSC - no live theatre till 2021

The Royal Shakespeare Company announced today that its theatres in Stratford-on-Avon and London will not reopen before 2021 because of the Covid-19 crisis.

‘Libraries coming to aid of jobless’ – ACE

‘Libraries coming to aid of jobless’ – ACE

Local libraries are coming to the aid of those seeking work during the Covid-19 crisis, according to new figures from Arts Council England.

BM removes founder’s bust because of slavery connections

BM removes founder’s bust because of slavery connections

The British Museum has removed the bust of its founder Sir Hans Sloane from its prominent place in the main entrance because of his connections to slavery.

THE WORD	  Inside Belarus, where the KGB nurture their pot plants and the state theatre joins the demonstrators

THE WORD Inside Belarus, where the KGB nurture their pot plants and the state theatre joins the demonstrators

EXCLUSIVE  There are many stories about life inside Belarus, many apocryphal, but the writer and actor Nichola McAuliffe has her own experiences of the Janka Kupal theatre and fears for her heroic friends there

Covid pain becomes a museum matter

Covid pain becomes a museum matter

The experiences of Covid-19 patients are to be the subject of a special exhibition, based on oral testimony.