Film highlights plight of Sunday footballers

The charity Mind has partnered with the global football fan organisation COPA90 to commission a short film to raise awareness of the mental harm the lockdown can do to amateur soccer players.

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‘Open space’ painting wins £25k John Moores Prize

A painting of a group of figures crowding into a leafy place has won the 2020 Sir John Moore’s Paining Prize, and £25,000.

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BBC’s spotlight on BAME composers

BBC Radio 3 has joined forces with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find classical music composers from diverse ethnic backgrounds from history.

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Coventry gets down to street level for culture year

Coventry’s year as City of Culture, running from May 2021 to May 2022, opens two days before lockdown can be eased on its theatres and museums.

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Creative industries highlighted in Budget plan for growth

Provision to help the creative industries out of the Covid recession and into development have been broadly welcomed by the sector., though with reservations about provisions for freelances and planning for the future.

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Brighton’s cultural sector conjures recovery plan

The creative community of Brighton and Hove has launched a recovery programme to kick start the city’s post-pandemic recovery.

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Sunak’s £400m to get theatres and museums open

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to give an extra £408m to the arts and communities in tomorrow’s Budget to help theatres and museums to reopen when lockdown restrictions begin to lift.

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V&A curators face 20% job cuts

A fifth of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s curatorial staff are facing redundancy with a proposed radical restructuring designed to reduced costs following the pandemic lockdowns, with consultation with staff  beginning next week.

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Cod War trawler joins Hull’s £30m maritime history quarter

Hull’s last surviving “sidewinder” trawler and its picaresque adventures are to become part of Hull’s £30m maritime history quarter, a legacy of its year as City of Culture in 2017 and due to open in 2023. 

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Poet Lightbown to chair Candoco

The poet Stephen Lightbown is to chair the dance company Candoco, with the disabled dancer and choreographer Dan Daw joining as the company’s first associate artistic director.

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