Paris, 29 October 2019 – The winners of the 2019 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field, were celebrated with the Grande Soirée du Patrimoine Européen at the recently restored Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. On this occasion, Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, announced the 7 Grand Prix laureates. The Grand Prix winners were selected by a jury of experts and the Board of Europa Nostra from among this year’s 25 winning achievements.
Read our December 2019 newsletter headlined by the open call for cultural events around climate change and sustainability to coincide with the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow next December and the handover of London Borough of Culture from Waltham Forest to Brent for 2020.
This is in addition to our usual selection of industry news, and welcomes to our latest registered organisations.
Paisley Museum will undergo a £42m transformation beginning in 2020 after plans were approved by Renfrewshire Council.
The Category A-listed Victorian building is being upgraded to help it tell the stories of a town known around the world for its pattern.
The museum is expected to draw audiences of 125,000 people a year - almost four times current numbers - from Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally when it is due to reopen in 2022.
The designs have been produced by AL_A, a company headed by by Stirling Prize winner Amanda Levete.
British Council has partnered with PRS Foundation again to bring emerging UK musical talent to Brazil for three musical residencies.
Musicians in Residence is a regular programme that sees three musicians make their temporary home in three different cities. In 2019 Belfast-based musician and producer Chris Ryan is going to São Paulo; singer and musician Anaïs is going to Salvador; and violinist, writer and composer Midori Komachi is going to Diamantina.
Arts Council England (ACE) has launched Our Music Fund which helps Music Education Hubs increase their crowdfunding skills through training and support, and contributes to their campaigns to raise money for music-related projects.
Examples of crowdfunded projects through website Spacehive that are being supported by ACE include a pop-up music studio in Stratford, a local record label in Dorset, and a sensory music space for young people with special educational needs in Swindon.
British Council is now inviting applications from UK organisations with which to partner, design and deliver four residency programmes under a new programme called Net//Work.
Each residency will run for four weeks, host a total of 16 artists and will be open to UK-based and international mid-career visual artists whose practices engage with digital technologies.
Mercury Prize-nominated songwriter Anna Calvi has been named Independent Venue Week ambassador for 2020, ahead of seven days of celebrations on 27 January-2 February 2020.
Anna Calvi said: “As an artist who spent many years developing my art in small venues across the UK, it’s such a pleasure to be named the ambassador of Independent Venue Week 2020.
Creative England has launched the Creative Growth FInance Debt Fund, a £24 million pot that will offer scale-up finance to UK creatuive small-to-medium-enterprises (SMEs).
Loans between £10,000 and £500,000 will be available for creative businesses with potential for growth and scaling as well as revenue and intellectual property.
The loans will help creative businesses struggling to access the required cash injection to help their business reach the next stage.
Arts Council England (ACE) is looking for applications that challenge assumptions about showcasing and working at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2020 and beyond.
ACE has opened a new fund through its National Lottery Project Grants over £100k National Activites strand and would like expressions of interests both before and after 31 October 2019. ACE expect requests of up to £750,000 per showcase. Read more about the idea and the reasons for it on their blog here.