Britain’s globally renowned arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus. The government announced the measures on 5 July 2020.
Museums and galleries
The National Gallery will be the first national gallery to open its doors to the public since COVID-19 lockdown in the UK began to be eased. The London institution will reopen on Wednesday 8 July.
The Culture Diary intends to update this page with opening dates of cultural venues in the UK as they are announced. Contact us at email@example.com with details of your plans to reopen or hold new events.
Museums and Galleries
Government and independent organisations have published guidance on reopening various sectors with the arts, culture and creative industries. Links to guidance resources are below and will be updated as more information becomes available:
Southbank Centre is offering 'Art by Post' which brings free poetry and visual arts activities to the people who are most isolated by the current social distancing measures. The activities are designed for older adults living with dementia and other chronic health conditions.
If you sign up to take part, you’ll receive Art by Post creative booklets which arrive through your letterbox or straight to your email inbox. Through a series of exercises, you’ll be inspired to be more artistic and feed your imagination.
The Turner Prize jury for 2020 will select 10 winners to receive bursaries in place of the annual award.
Tate Britain will award £10,000 each to ten different artists selected by the jury due to the coronavirus pandemic making the exhibition unfeasible to mount. The artists will be announced at the end of June.
Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), will chair a Cultural Renewal taskforce responsible for the future of recreation and leisure sectors. Its mission is to develop blueprints for how and when closed businesses and venues can reopen safely.
Members of the task force are:
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week and Creativity and Wellbeing Week, the Culture Diary will share some arts and cultural resources for the sector and everyone with an interest in it.
National Gallery has produced a five-minute meditation video based around Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. Watch it below.
Read our May2020 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.
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