Arts Council England (ACE) has now completed awarding funds for its first two Emergency Response Funds: for Individuals, and for Organisations (outside the National Portfolio). The key achievements include:
Culture in Quarantine
"Tomorrow's Another Day" is a song for our times. I wrote it in the hope that it may provide some comfort during this challenging period (of Coronavirus).
It is a song that is close to my heart as I turned 47 this year (2020) and am the same age at which my mother died of cancer - exactly 30 years ago. It has made me mindful of how precious life is. I have felt quite motivated to try to create something that I hope would have made my mother (and my sister, fantastic little niece and nephew and father - who now lives in a care home) proud.
Back in March 2020, BBC launched Culture in Quarantine - a broadcast and digital festival of the arts during a time of national lockdown. This has included bespoke programming and collaborating with almost every major arts organisation as well as many smaller institutions including 25 new commissions decided with Arts Council England and The Space.
Set up as a short-term initiative to deal with the crisis the BBC has decided that Culture in Quarantine will continue, according to Director-General Tony Hall, with two further phases.
Read our June 2020 newsletter filled with suggestions for culture at home and resources for the culture and creative industries sector for support and help during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as major stories on the new Culture Sector Taskforce, more Culture in Quarantine commissions and changes to the Turner Prize.
The Rose Company and Media Naranja are very proud to introduce their second edition of Virtual Variety Fest. An online digital festival providing a platform for artists from different nationalities to perform in front of an audience. In this edition we have selected 14 talented artists (United Kingdom, Spain, France, Canada, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina) presenting a variety of performances that go from theatre to a dance performance.
As part of the BBC Arts programme Culture in Quarantine, Arts Council England and BBC - with selection process run by The Space - have commissioned 25 new works of literary, musical, visual, sonic, and performance arts themed around lockdown.
The commissions will receive production and editorial support from partner arts organisations including Battersea Arts Centre, Sadler’s Wells, Opera North and Unlimited.
These pieces will be broadcast across BBC Radio 3 and BBC TV, through podcasts on BBC Sounds, and through the BBC Arts website.
A WEEKLY comic strip by artist and illustrator Nick Burton, and distributed by Manchester arts centre HOME, will explore self-isolation and human behaviour through the lens of the effect of the bubonic plague on the Derbyshire village of Eyam in the 17th century.