The Culture in Quarantine Fund is a new commissioning strand launched by BBC Arts with Arts Council England and managed by The Space to support England-based artists of any discipline to produce new works in creative media – video, audio and interactive – in spring 2020. The deadline for ideas is Wednesday 8 April at 5pm.
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The Wales Arts Review is set to launch digital arts festival this weekend, starting Friday March 27th to Sunday 29th, to raise emergency funds for artists and freelancers who have had their income impacted by efforts to stem the spread of Covid-19. The festival will be kicked off with a timely reading by Owen Sheers from his NHS video poem for BBC television.
Arts Council England (ACE) is making £160 million of emergency funding available for arts and culture organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic. ACE has also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of funding.
The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create a new Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund to help support the creative community. More information on how to register soon (page will be updated once registrations are live).
With a £1m donation from Netflix, the fund will be administered by The Film and TV Charity with support from the BFI, and will provide emergency short-term relief to the thousands of active workers and freelancers who have been directly affected by the closure of productions across the UK.
Farnham Maltings wants to support South East based theatre-makers in their towns and villages to create new work right now which responds to and supports our communities in these extraordinary and difficult times.
They are offering a limited programme of grants from £500 to £5000 to support artists to create theatre experiences with and for their community.
Training programme June 2020 to December 2021
A number of performing arts organisations, artists and practitioners have conducted live streams, posted recorded shows or are creating new work for the online space. These are available to anyone with an internet connection and the list below represents what the Culture Diary team has found or been notified about. This is an ongoing list.
On 11 February 2020, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced that Lewisham has been awarded the title of London Borough of Culture for 2021 with Croydon winning the accolade for 2023.
Both boroughs will be awarded £1.35m funding to deliver a year-long programme of activities that will place culture at the heart of their communities and celebrate the unique character of local people and places.
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.