Written on Friday, 18 September 2020
Enthusiasm for the high street as our local cultural hot spot seems to have reached fever pitch this week.
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.
Martin Luther King Jr, London, 1 September 1964
Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image
Written on Friday, 28 August 2020
The sculptor Anish Kapoor has created a a new print in hopes of raising £750,000 for Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres.
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.
Written on Thursday, 27 August 2020
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.
Local libraries are coming to the aid of those seeking work during the Covid-19 crisis, according to new figures from Arts Council England.
Written on Wednesday, 26 August 2020
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.
Written on Monday, 24 August 2020
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
The experiences of Covid-19 patients are to be the subject of a special exhibition, based on oral testimony.