The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch), in partnership with King’s College London, has created a new award that celebrates the civic role of arts organisations in society. Offering one award of £100,000 and two of £25,000, the Award for Civic Arts Organisations aims to shine a spotlight on the vital role that arts organisations play in society. Its longlist is published on 4 December 2020.
Culture in Quarantine
BBC Arts has announced a new commissioning strand of Culture in Quarantine as part of the BBC's season celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act.
D/deaf, neurodivergent and disabled professional artists are being invited to apply to produce new video or audio works. The fund aims to commission ten new works, with support from digital production specialists.
An additional £151 million has been given to arts and culture organisations across England, adding to the £257 million earlier in October, coming from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. Read a full list of recipients here.
A small performing arts charity is having a big impact during the pandemic, reaching thousands of isolated people through song. Shapeshifter Productions' free online Smiling Sessions are helping to support peoples' wellbeing and mental health during this difficult time.
BBC Arts is extending Culture In Quarantine once again during the autumn to work with parts of the UK arts scene that have been particularly hard hit by the global pandemic.
Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore says: "The BBC is the biggest creator of arts content in Britain and our contribution to the cultural economy in the UK is something that I’m passionate about.
Poet Yomi Sode interviews Hafsah Aneela Bashir and Anthony Joseph about first albums and guilty pleasures in his popular and insightful series that has reached tens of thousands via Instagram Live in recent months.
For September and October 2020 we’ve invited the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellows to take over the Jerwood Arts channels.
Standing alone in a black box theatre, facing an empty auditorium, 30 Hong Kong-based actors reflect on the meaning of theatre in the absence of audience and performers. Created in response to Covid-19-related lockdowns, closures and cancellations, these profound and heartfelt filmed monologues are presented as a series of short personal portraits.
Right now, the theatre industry faces an uncertain future.
WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST needs your help
As you can imagine the Covid-19 epidemic already affected our festival. Similarly as millions of people everywhere. Out of concern for the safety of our public and musicians, and in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we have decided to postpone some of our concerts for a later dates and to introduce various cello projects online.
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:
"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.