Written on Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Arts Council England has given out £33m to help National Portfolio Organisations stay afloat after the Covid-19 lockdown, part of the £160m emergency response fund launched in March.
Experiments that defy the imagination are at the heart of a government-sponsored programme to create new cultural experiences through immersive technology.
Khadija Saye, the artist who died in the Grenfell Tower fire three years ago aged 24, is to have her own exhibition a few yards from the site of the tragedy.
Written on Monday, 06 July 2020
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has welcomed the government's announcement of nearly £1.6bn to support the arts through the pandemic, but has warned that all aspects of culture and the creative industries will need access to support because of the widespread impact of Covid-19.
The Controller of BBC Radio 3, Alan Davey, is the new chairman of Trinity Laban, the music and dance conservatoire.
The government last night launched a £1.57bn scheme to rescue the UK’s cultural institutions from the brink of collapse caused the Covid-19 pandemic.
Written on Friday, 03 July 2020
An export bar has been put on the exquisite carved figures of two celtic hounds made in the Roman period.
The Stage, Britain’s last privately owned newspaper founded in 1880 and long known as “The Actor’s Bible”, was in crisis today as redundancy consultations with staff began, another potential victim of the coronavirus crisis.
Coventry announced today that it will start its year as the UK City of Culture on May 1 next year.
There was a poignant throwaway line on Front Row’s edition devoted to Rethink last week when the panel was lamenting any meaningful suggestions from the government about how to avoid the black hole our cultural infrastructure is heading headlong for. “In the absence of large art” said the equality campaigner Amanda Parker “people found local”.
Written on Thursday, 02 July 2020
Former Labour deputy leader and ex-shadow culture secretary Tom Watson has warned the arts that the sector needs internal reform as well as government commitment to ensure its future post-Covid.
Minister promises move on ‘creative future’
Written on Wednesday, 01 July 2020
Arts Council England is bringing back the National Lottery Project Grants from later this month, with easier access than before.
Neville Chamberlain at Heston Aerodrome, 30th September 1938, by Fred Ramage, Keystone Picture Agency
Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image
Written on Tuesday, 30 June 2020
A network of 100 arts centres across the UK has put together proposals for local and regional arts centres to be at the heart of a culture revival after the Covid lockdown.
Following the further relaxing of lockdown restrictions from July 4, England’s museums and galleries are preparing to reopen with strict distancing rules, timed visits and in some cases booking only, with the National Gallery the first of the major institutions to welcome visitors again on July 8.
Written on Monday, 29 June 2020
Forty-eight of the world’s leading artists, architects and designers have given works of art to be auctioned in aid of Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres.
Founded in London in 2015, Mayku and its Formbox technology has been helping artists and craftspeople during lockdown realise their imagination and create at home, objects from plant pots to bath bombs with production growing at a rate of 100% a month through March and April. Here its co-founder and CEO Alex Smilansky explains how and what.
Written on Friday, 26 June 2020
Horsecross Arts, the charity that runs Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre for Perth and Kinross Council which have been closed since mid-March in the Covid lockdown, is preparing to make redundancies.
But phased re-opening is missing dates and cash
Written on Thursday, 25 June 2020
Cristina Rocca is to be the artistic director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the new management set up at the ensemble.
Written on Wednesday, 24 June 2020
Actors James Corden and Sue Perkins and the playwright James Graham have spoken of their alarm at news the Theatre Royal Plymouth may not be able to reopen after the Covid-19 shutdown.
Written on Tuesday, 23 June 2020
The open air Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire is the first museum to announce its partial reopening following the relaxation of lockdown rules announced by Boris Johnson earlier today.
The Prime Minister’s confirmation today of a new relaxation of the lockdown allowing museums, galleries and cinemas it reopen from July 4 has been welcomed by national museums directors, but with caution and a warning from the union Prospect.