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Why Theatres In England Are Opening Up When They Can’t Present Plays

They’re showing movies in their auditoriums (social distancing observed, of course), opening their cafes and bars, presenting art exhibits — anything that can offer a place to (safely) gather. As the artistic director of a theatre in Chester put it, “People are desperate for contact again, to get back into community spaces, where they feel safe and connected. [Putting on plays is] not our mission. We put on plays in service of our mission.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, England, Theatre, Chester, Audience, 07.01.20

Museums And Art Galleries In England Can Open On July 4, But Most Of Them Won’t

The National Gallery and Royal Academy will accept visitors the following week, but the Tate won’t open its four locations until July 27; others are waiting until August or September, and many won’t yet commit to a specific date at all. Most venues are limiting admissions numbers and require booking tickets in advance; masks are “recommended.” – BBC
Tags: Art, England, Audience, Visual, 06.30.20, National Gallery and Royal Academy

An Immaculate Copy of Leonardo’s The Last Supper Digitized by Google: View It in High Resolution Online

Romantic poets told us that great art is eternal and transcendent. They also told us everything made by human hands is bound to end in ruin and decay. Both themes were inspired by the rediscovery and renewed fascination for the arts of antiquity in Europe and Egypt. It was a time of renewed appreciation for monumental works of art, which happened to coincide with a period when they came under considerable threat from looters, vandals, and invading armies. One work of art that appeared on the it...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, England, Milan, College, Egypt, Royal Academy of Arts, Brazil, Notre Dame, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Da Vinci, National Museum, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci

See Leonardo’s ‘Last Supper’ Online Far More Clearly Than It Looks In Person

“When he painted it, Leonardo used an experimental technique using egg tempera and oil paint on plaster, so it began to fade soon after it was completed. Luckily, Leonardo’s pupils created a copy using oil paint on canvas that has better stood the test of time. Now, that oil painting is available online after a partnership between England’s Royal Academy of Arts and Google Arts & Culture.” – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Google, Art, England, Royal Academy of Arts, Visual, Leonardo, 06.22.20

Kristin Scott Thomas: ‘I want action. I want desert, camels and 600 extras’

Kristin Scott Thomas can thank lockdown for one thing: it’s made her stay put. But now she is craving the bright lights and buzz of a film set…If you went for a stroll in Rutland during the early days of lockdown, enjoying your daily dose of exercise in England’s tiniest county, you might have been interrupted by the sight of a strange woman ranting about her antiques shop and a dying neighbour. It was Kristin Scott Thomas, rehearsing her lines for an Alan Bennett Talking Heads monologue hurried...
Tags: England, Film, Theatre, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, National Theatre, Alan Bennett, Rutland, Celia, Scott Thomas, Kristin Scott Thomas, Nicholas Hytner, Coronavirus outbreak

Relieved Yet Wary, Customers Start Returning To London’s Bookshops

This week book retailers in England have reopened to the public (with limits on how many people may be on the premises at a time) for the first time since the pandemic-induced shutdown began three months ago. Alex Marshall visited half a dozen bookstores around the capital to check on the mood. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, England, London, Words, Audience, Alex Marshall, 06.17.20

Artificial Intelligence Brings to Life Figures from 7 Famous Paintings: The Mona Lisa, Birth of Venus & More

Denis Shiryaev is an AI wizard who has liberally applied his magic to old film—upscaling, colorizing, and otherwise modernizing scenes from Victorian England, late Tsarist Russia, and Belle Époque Paris. He trained machines to restore the earliest known motion picture, 1888’s Roundhay Garden Scene and one of the most mythologized works of early cinema, the Lumière Brothers 50-second Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station. Shiryaev’s casual distribution of these efforts on YouTube can ma...
Tags: Google, Art, England, Technology, College, Russia, Software, Creativity, Nvidia, Rembrandt, Mona Lisa, Hummingbird, Victorian England, Grant Wood, Facebook Twitter, Leonardo

The Statues Were Toppled. What Happens to Them Now?

What city leaders, museum officials and historians decide will have implications for how we remember the history the statues were designed to represent, as well as our current moment.
Tags: Art, England, News, United States, Museums, Black People, Columbus, Demonstrations, Ghana, Taco, Rijksmuseum, Black Lives Matter Movement, Lee, Christopher, Locke, Guido

Guy In Hazmat Suit Tries To Steal Painting That Banksy Gave To Hospital

The piece, titled Game Changer and showing a boy leaving his other superhero action figures behind for one of a nurse, had been in Southampton General Hospital in England for all of two days when a man wearing a protective coverall and carrying a cordless drill was caught walking past the painting five or more times, “clearly having a good look.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, England, Banksy, Visual, Southampton General Hospital, 05.26.20

Just What Was The “Sweating Sickness” In Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell Trilogy?

“It was known in Cromwell’s time as sudor anglicus, meaning the ‘English sweat,’ and there were five outbreaks of it in England, the first in 1485 and the last in 1551. Victims did, in fact, often die within hours of their first symptoms, developing a high fever and ‘copious malodorous sweating.’ … Because the disease killed so swiftly, and because it had other peculiar features — it seemed mainly to affect English people, even when it travelled across borders, and it was particularly infectiou...
Tags: Art, England, Words, Hilary Mantel, Cromwell, 05.20.20

Shakespeare’s Globe Warns It Could Go Bankrupt Without Government Help

“Despite being well-managed, well governed, and – crucially – able to operate without public subsidy,” says the statement, “we will not be able to survive this crisis,” the coronavirus epidemic, without rescue funding from the British government. In fact, it’s the lack of public subsidy that’s the problem: it means the Globe is not eligible for Arts Council England’s emergency support. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, England, Theatre, Shakespeare, 05.18.20

Shakespeare's Globe, Really Useful Group, Donmar Warehouse and More Seek Government Support from COVID-19 Impact

The DCMS committee is calling onCulture Secretary Oliver Dowden to provide relief, stating, 'The Government needs to step up for cultural institutions. Additional financial support needs to be provided to individuals and institutions in the creative industries that are unsuccessful or ineligible for Arts Council England ACE funding.' [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: England, Theatre, Shakespeare, BWW News Desk, COVID, Oliver Dowden

The Theatre Company In England Coordinating Emergency Food Deliveries And More

The theatre company Slung Low is used to thinking creatively, says its artistic director. This is just a bit different: “Constantly I’m on the phone doing deals. The other day, I swapped a load of tote bags that I got from the university for some face masks, which I split in half and swapped the other half for a lot of cream. It’s constant creative thinking, constant problem solving.” – BBC
Tags: Art, England, Theatre, Slung Low, 05.03.20

This Theatre Festival Moved Itself Online Without Cancellations Or Posting Old Shows

Kate Craddock, founder and director of the Gateshead International Festival of Theatre in northeastern England, “is keen to point out this isn’t just about taking a stash of pre-recorded work and sticking it online. Rather it’s a ticketed and carefully curated festival [May 1-3] that aims to connect audiences and artists from across the globe in real-time theatrical encounters, one-on-one experiences, workshops and panel discussions. There’s even a virtual cocktail lounge for small talk and mar...
Tags: Art, England, Theatre, 04.30.20, Kate Craddock

Composer and Lyricist Bill Solly Dies at 89

Bill Solly, accomplished composer, lyricist and author peacefully passed away in his home Wednesday, April 8th. Born in 1931 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Solly graduated from McMaster University in 1953 and pioneered the musical theatre division at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta. Living in England for fifteen years, he wrote for many colorful celebrities and had five productions in the West End. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: England, Theatre, Alberta, McMaster University, BWW News Desk, Bill Solly, Hamilton Ontario Canada Solly, Banff School of Fine Arts

Was This The Social Media Of The 1700s?

In 1769, amateur historian James Granger published the Biographical History of England, from Egbert the Great to the Revolution. It was an interactive book, aimed at collectors of printed images—a popular new hobby at the time. The Biographical History featured portraits of historical figures and blank leaves to let readers take notes referring to their own collections. Soon, collectors went beyond the book’s intended use, instead adding their own portrait collections directly inside. – JSTOR ...
Tags: Art, England, Words, Egbert, 04.23.20, James Granger

You Can’t Visit the Museum. But Your Robot Can.

With arts institutions closed around the world, Hastings Contemporary museum in England is offering virtual tours using a telepresence robot.
Tags: Art, England, News, Museums, Robots and Robotics, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Hastings Contemporary

The Race To Save The Art Of The Most Famous Sculptor We’ve Never Heard Of

Luisa Roldán revolutionized the use of terra cotta for small devotional figurines and was a court sculptor for the final Hapsburg Spanish king – in the 1690s. Her work was sent to Mexico and England. So why don’t more of us know about her? – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, England, Mexico, Visual, 03.16.20, Luisa Roldán

England’s Arts Funding Will ‘Refocus’ To Help Artists With Loss Of Income Due To COVID

“We will refocus some grant programmes to help compensate individual artists and freelancers for lost earnings,” said a statement from Arts Council England. “This will require further planning. It may take about ten days before we can announce the details.” Institutions will continue to receive grant money, with funding requirements suspended for three months, and advance payments can help those with cash flow problems. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, England, Arts Council England, Issues, 03.16.20

Douglas Rushkoff on Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (1950-2020)

It was 1993. I was working on my book Media Virus, and about to return home to LA from San Francisco, when Timothy Leary called to ask if I could make room for a “friend in need” who needed a ride. That friend turned out to be Genesis P-Orridge. I had known of Gen through his music and reputation alone, and was frankly a little afraid to meet him. If the “coyote” boys I knew in the Temple of Psychick Youth were modeling themselves after him, I could only imagine how fierce Gen might be. But ...
Tags: Art, Post, Video, Music, UK, England, News, California, La, San Francisco, Thailand, Artists, Manhattan, Performance art, Jackie, Lex

Anish Kapoor: 'Artists are not makers of luxury goods'

The artist on working with the world’s blackest substance, the troubled legacy of his Olympic sculpture and the state of the art world todayBritish-Indian artist Anish Kapoor, 66, is mounting his largest-ever UK exhibition of outdoor sculpture at Houghton Hall in Norfolk from late March, including his famous Sky Mirror, a five-metre stainless steel disc that turns the world around it upside down.What kind of things did you want to show at Houghton Hall?It’s one of the great houses of England, wi...
Tags: Art, UK, England, Norfolk, The art market, Houghton, Anish Kapoor, Houghton Hall

London’s Royal Opera House Announces That Plácido Domingo Has ‘Withdrawn’ From Planned Performances

It seems that Europe and England aren’t as interested in supporting the singer quite as strongly as they were a year ago. Their support in the face of allegations of sexual harassment “began to change last week with the release of the American union’s conclusions.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, England, London, Royal Opera House, 03.06.20

English resort town to get giant white palm tree sculpture

Cleethorpes is a faded northern English resort town whose inherent grimness is leavened by low rainfall and a nice sandy beach. And now it is to become home to a giant white metal palm tree, to the dismay of some locals. Artist Wolfgang Weileder has said the sculpture will serve as a "warning for the future" on climate change. It will feature a black shadow underneath, partly made from recycled material collected from Cleethorpes beach. The project, due to be installed by the end of the year, a...
Tags: Art, Post, England, News, Brexit, Cleethorpes, Local Democracy Reporting Service, The Tree Of Brexit, Wolfgang Weileder, North East Lincolnshire Council

Interview with musician and artist Genesis P-Orridge

Since the 60s Genesis P-Orridge has been the mastermind behind artist collective COUM Transmissions and seminal music acts Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV. Beyond that, P-Orridge has had an astonishing career in the visual arts, founding an artist collective called Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth, as well as helming the infamous pandrogeny project in, which P-Orridge and deceased partner Lady Jaye went through ongoing plastic surgery sessions to resemble each other in an attempt to, as New York's...
Tags: Art, Post, Music, England, New York, London, News, Interviews, California, Scotland, Time, United States, Buckingham Palace, ICA, William, Kathmandu

Your Eyes Big Mug

Handmade in London, artist Louise Madzia’s ceramic Your Eyes Big Mug contrasts an elongated handle with an equally unusual figurative artwork on its body. The screen-printed character bears more than a dozen eyes along its face and body—and a reach that also defies normal proportion. Yowie recommends that you only hand wash this mug to refrain from breaking the handle.
Tags: Art, England, Design, London, Limited Edition, Stoke-on-Trent, Ceramics, Mugs, Yowie, Louise Madzia, Yowie Shop

Polonium, The Opera: Work About Poisoning Of Alexander Litvinenko Is Coming

The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko, with music by Anthony Bolton and a libretto by Kit Hesketh-Harvey based on the book Death of a Dissident by Litvinenko’s widow, premieres this July at Grange Park Opera in England. Reporter Mark Brown talks to Marina Litvinenko, Anthony Bolton, and Grange Park director Wasfi Kani. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, England, Alexander Litvinenko, Marina Litvinenko, Litvinenko, Grange Park Opera, Mark Brown, Anthony Bolton, Grange Park, Kit Hesketh Harvey, 02.24.20

Why should the Scottish woodlands be protected?

Although Scotland is more heavily forested than England or Wales, much of its woodlands have been lost to logging, urban sprawl and climate change. Initiatives to reverse deforestation have been underway to contribute more trees, protect woodlands and ensure the ecology, sustainability and longevity of Scotland’s forest resources. Why has reforestation become important in recent years? Last summer, a YouGov poll found that the environment is now viewed as the third most critical public issue, g...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Design, Wales, Climate Change, Scotland, Environment, Trees, Earth, Bbc, Features, Atlantic, Britain, Conservation, United Kingdom

How Pianist Igor Levit Hacked The Attention Economy And Made Himself Into A ‘Thought Leader’

“Levit’s career is a stark demonstration of the dissolving boundaries between art and commerce, journalism and public relations, particularly in Germany. … He is a friend to media personalities and politicians. Journalists ask his opinion on climate change, the rise of the far right, books, the ideal body weight. He works with artists and comedians, performs at the Bundestag in Berlin and for the Greens. In England, he’s enraged Brexiteers; in the U.S., he’s ‘The Pianist of the Resistance.'” Hi...
Tags: Art, Music, England, Germany, Berlin, Igor Levit, Bundestag, Levit, 02.20.20

One Of Britain’s Top Dance Companies, Tired Of The Money Struggle, Gives Up And Packs It In

Marina Harss: “Imagine if one of America’s most respected modern-dance companies realized that its funding model was no longer sustainable and had to cease operations. This despite having name recognition and a highly identifiable style, and still regularly producing new work. That, in a nutshell, is what has happened to the Richard Alston Dance Company, in England.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, England, America, Dance, Britain, Richard Alston Dance Company, 02.18.20

Arts Council England Threatens Funding Cuts Over Diversity Requirements

Arts Council England is threatening to cut funding for organizations failing to meet goals for diversity, The Guardian reports. “The pace of change has been too slow,” says Abid Hussain, ACE’s director of diversity. “Certain communities are significantly under-represented and we need to change that. We need to be very clear: if organizations are not delivering, they could lose their […]
Tags: Art, England, News, Art News, Minipost, Abid Hussain

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