The Royal Court Theatre is reopening with a 'Living Newspaper' based on a historical US theatre project, with three weekly performances across six weeks in November live at the Royal Court and accessible online at home. These performances will be led by writers, and working with freelance artists – actors, designers, stage managers, technicians and choreographers.
Literature and creative writing
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.
Southbank Centre is running a three-month series of multi-arts events entitled Inside Out, all broadcast from Royal Festival Hall and other venues from 17 September to 30 December.
The autumn season of over 40 multi-arts events bringing music, literature, and comedy back to the Royal Festival Hall for the first time since closure on 17 March, including:
Silent Uproar, based in Hull, has launched a new programme which will give £20,000 to support early career writers in the North of England.
Previous artists supported by Silent Uproar at just the right time have gone on to work for major BBC television shows, Netflix, and the National Theatre.
Writers will need to have had at least one of their plays staged as a full-length production (60+ mins in front of a paying audience).
National Lottery Project Grants, run by Arts Council England, has been reopened from 22 July with a budget of £59.8 million available until April 2021. It will be open to all individual artists, community and cultural organisations to support arts, museums and libraries projects.
The portal is open for applications. Apply now.
The fund has changed to be more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during COVID-19.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon will reopen its doors to visitors on Saturday, 1 August, 2020, after being closed for more than four months due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace has been awarded Visit Britain’s new ‘We’re Good to Go’ safety accreditation for COVID-19 safe attractions, with new measures in place across the Birthplace, garden and shop, and the introduction of an online advanced ticketing system.
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.
In more normal times, the activities and partnerships that we document on this blog are full of movement: of people, of collections, of productions, of exhibitions…
And yet, in an outcome that felt unimaginable even a month or so ago, physical movement in our ever-more hyper-connected world has wound down.
But we are all still, of course, hyper-connected.