So what are you and your team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport doing to reassure the arts community and provide a concrete plan of action? Well so far you have come up with a five-phase roadmap for the performing arts that is worse than useless. Sam Goldwyn said that “a verbal agreement isn’t worth the paper it’s written on” and a roadmap that offers no clue as to how to get to one’s destination is positively insulting. What’s most alarming is that it reveals a total incomprehension as to how the arts actually work. A Phase 1 stage of “rehearsal and training” supposedly leads to a Phase 4 and 5 stage of outdoor and indoor performance. But how can any theatre start rehearsing a production when it has no guarantee of financial support nor any idea whether it will even exist in a few weeks’ time? Wouldn’t that be the height of irresponsibility? … [Read more...] about Dear Oliver Dowden, have you even begun to grasp the scale of our arts crisis?
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A spokesman for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) told BBC News: "The government has announced unprecedented financial aid for the arts and cultural sectors, including the Self Employed Support Scheme, the job retention scheme, a year's business rates holiday, and the Arts Council's £160 million emergency response package. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Report suggests arts industry faces ‘ruinous losses’
Polanski has been wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl since the 1970s and has since faced other accusations of sexual assault. His lawyers have "firmly denied" the accusations. … [Read more...] about Toronto Film Festival: Spike Lee concert documentary opens scaled-back event
This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for Britain’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK will set the questions. … [Read more...] about Which Swindon celebrity is selling flowers? The great British art quiz
Many artists, such as Shirin Sabahi, had already started work on the projects they are showing: Her video Lung documents the annual collapse of the inflated dome over a Berlin public swimming pool. For Sabahi, the "Studio Berlin" exhibition has provided more than compensation for coronavirus cancellations: "I had projects cancelled during lockdown which were financially a loss and I do show in Berlin, but this is by far the biggest show I've been in here." … [Read more...] about Berlin nightclub Berghain reopens as art space