Hacking Hearts was a fast-paced project that saw postgraduate students from across disciplines at Central Saint Martins hack the research of inaugural Scientists in Residence over the course of a week.
Access and diversity in the arts
Kuwait Calling is a trailblazing collaboration between the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre (JACC), a cultural powerhouse in the Arabian Gulf region, and London-based 59 Productions’ team of Tony and Olivier Award-winning creatives (Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, David Bowie is, War Horse), featuring dancers from Rambert, one of the UK’s leading contemporary dance companies.
Celebrating its sixth year, Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) festival, which runs from the 5 -29 March, offers a rich programme of visual art, music, theatre, comedy, spoken word, panel discussions and workshops by contemporary Arab women artists. Venues across London include Rich Mix, The Arab British Centre, The Book Club and the Queen of Hoxton.
The festival aims to increase understanding around Arab women’s diverse realities and concerns, while providing a more nuanced narrative surrounding the Arab region and its peoples.
Sound City+, the annual music conference that opens Liverpool Sound City every year, has announced its panel speakers for 1 May 2020.
Topics and speakers include:
The Welsh government has launched Creative Wales in a bid to further drive its creative industries sector.
With an annual turnover of £2.2billion and employing 56,000 people, Wales's creative industries is one of the contry's fastest-growing sectors (just like the UK as a whole). Creative Wales will focus on three key sectors to start with including film and TV, digital and gaming, and music.
British Council has launched two digital arts-focused open call opportunities for 2020. Details and how to apply for them are below.
AMPLIFY Digital Arts Initiative is an initiative developed by the British Council in partnership with MUTEK (Canada/Argentina) and Somerset House Studios (UK). Since 2018, the programme has connected an active network in Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and the UK.
The final round of the Mayor of London's Culture Seeds funding, which grants money for community-led cultural projects in every borough, is open until 6 March 2020.
Funding is between £1,000-£5,000. Culture Seeds supports not-for-profit, small or informal organisations and groups as well as individuals as it is often harder for them to access funding.
The grants are for funding community-led arts, culture and heritage projects and activities. This includes:
Arts Council England has published its ten-year strategy for 2020–2030.
Download the strategy below and read more about it here. Watch the video below for more.
The strategy is built around three outcomes and four investment principles. These are:
- Creative people
- Cultural communities
- A creative and cultural country
Crafting Futures is a British Council global programme supporting the future of craft; its practices and people. In 2019, British Council launched Crafting Futures in China, aiming to foster international opportunities for UK and Chinese women artisans, explore sustainability and innovation across the craft sector and drive change among younger generations.
As Brent begins its year as London Borough of Culture in 2020, seven boroughs from across the capital have been invited to City Hall to present their bid to be the next London Borough of Culture for 2021 and 2023.
The boroughs being asked to bid are: