William Fowler, curator of Artists' Moving Image at the British Film Institute, was invited to China to give a series of talks on the BFI/LUX This is Now touring programme. He tells us more about the trip and about the appetite for artists' moving image in China.
The DCMS Committee has published a new report on live music in the UK with key points including the need for further investment and a review of business rates to help struggling venues.
The report gathered evidence from industry professionals and artists including Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons. Key findings include:
Monitoring of secondary ticket resale sites
The Roundhouse's annual Resident Artists Programme is open for applications, with the aim to develop outstanding emerging artists between 18 and 25 years old in music, performing arts and circus performers.
The residencies include masterclasses, networking, mentoring, and performance opportunities at the Roundhouse and other stages.
- be between the ages of 18 and 25 on 28 May 2019
- apply via the application portal by Monday 15 April (10:00 am)
- be available for the applicable key dates below.
Manchester International Festival, taking place 4–21 July 2019, has brought together a lineup of artists from 20 countries for UK and world premiers including Yoko Ono, David Lynch, a collaboration between Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah, and a rave history tour by grime superstar Skepta among many others.
Highlights of the full lineup include:
Innovative Sheffield Project will give free event tickets to thousands
There's a story almost every every month about the creation and preservation of creative spaces, inspiring design and new homes for arts and culture across sectors.
In March 2019, the English National Ballet will move to a new home on London City Island in Canning Town. We'll have more on this forward-thinking and innovative space next month, but it is just one example of creative and cultural organisations requiring, finding and securing new space.
British Council is looking to build connections between the UK creative sector and young artists in Sub-Saharan Africa.
British Council is actively seeking expressions of interest for Art Connects Us from UK-based organisations, curators and programmers in these fields:
- visual arts
Expressions of interest will be accepted until 10 March 2019.
The Creative Land Trust has been launched, supported by the Mayor of London, Arts Council England, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Outset Contemporary Art Fund. It aims to secure long-term and affordable space for artists and creative people in London.
This innovative new organisation seeks to secure land and building space while keepong affordable rent rates by:
1. Purchase of freehold properties or long leases
2. Receipt of properties gifted or transferred by public or private partners
3. Purchase of buildings with a studio provider
The UK Government's annual presence at SXSW begins on Friday 8 March with the UK Advertising and Interactive Mission Reception at the British Music Embassy. The reception will include a live performance by blues, folk and indie duo Ferris & Sylvester and synth-led electro-pop band FEMME.
Liverpool City Region's 10 year celebration of being named European Capital of Culture saw 2.2 million visitors and the economy boosted by £85 million, four times that of 2017's figures.
Highlights of the programme were:
China Dream – nine month season including China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition, Chinese New Year (20,000 and netting £609,611), plus two visual arts installations: Presence at St George's Hall and This Is Shanghai in the Cunard Building (garnering £407,362).