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Boris Johnson Delays Full Reopening Of Performing Arts For Another Four Weeks

“England was due to move to stage four of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown on 21 June, when venues and events would be allowed to operate without capacity limits and the cap on guests at weddings would be lifted.” But, as the country is seeing a new surge of COVID cases, many of the virus’s Delta variant, reopening measures have been postponed to at least July 19. – BBC
Tags: Art, England, Boris Johnson, Issues, 06.14.21


The Formerly Hidden Histories Of Africans In England

English Heritage commissioned six portraits to emphasize the history – including Roman emperor Septimius Severus, who ordered the strengthening of Hadrian’s Wall while on a trip to Britain. English Heritage’s curatorial director: “African figures from the past have played significant roles at some of the historic sites in our care but many of their stories are not very well known.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, England, Visual, Hadrian, Septimius Severus, 06.09.21


Paintings reveal hidden histories of Africans in England

English Heritage’s six portraits range from a Roman emperor to Queen Victoria’s goddaughterSix paintings that tell fascinating, not widely known stories of people from the African diaspora in England’s history, including the Roman emperor who strengthened Hadrian’s Wall and Queen Victoria’s goddaughter, have been unveiled by English Heritage.The heritage body commissioned six artists to paint portraits, putting them on display at forts, abbeys, historic houses and barracks where they have an ass...
Tags: Art, England, Africa, Race, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Victoria, Roman, Hadrian


In England, An Attempt To Redefine Culture

For Leeds 2023, the festival’s creative director says they’ll try to “let culture loose” to reach everyone in the city during their year. Lyn Gardner agrees it’s time for a change: “Food and sport and ballroom dancing are as much part of culture as the latest Tom Stoppard play. … Both have a value, bring people together and provide the glue communities need to thrive. But also funding has often favoured one over the other and has often favoured organisations that put on high art over those who ...
Tags: Art, England, Tom Stoppard, Issues, Lyn Gardner, 05.31.21


England’s Amateur Choirs Were Ready To Sing Again After A Year, And Then —

“Choirs had been working under the assumption that restrictions on rehearsals would be relaxed on 17 May, at the same time as shops, bars and hairdressers opened up. Instead, the guidelines” — revised the following day to limit indoor rehearsals to six people and those outdoors to 30 — “were actually more draconian than the ones in place last September and October, when infection rates were higher, and no-one had been vaccinated.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, England, 05.26.21


After 66 Years, There’s A Professional Orchestra In Yorkshire Again

“Seventy-four years after it first formed,” and 66 years after it closed, “the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra has been revived to support musicians in northern England hit by the pandemic. … The conductor of the re-formed ensemble, Ben Crick, said the lack [of an orchestra during those decades] was ‘really strange’ given the size of the cities of Leeds, York and Sheffield.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, England, Yorkshire, Leeds York, Ben Crick, Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, 05.19.21


Simon Rattle Asks UK Ministers For Help With Brexit And The London Symphony Orchestra

Brexit regulations are not great for the LSO, which had 99 tour dates booked in Europe before the pandemic canceled them all. “It’s all so obviously ludicrous, even in the area of haulage regulations. Touring concerts have to be planned in a different way – the truck has to return to England after two venues – we cannot go from one country to another.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, England, London Symphony Orchestra, LSO, 05.16.21


‘We won’t be bouncing back’ – the unsettling truth about the big reopening

Next week, after 14 months of closure and despair, the arts are reawakening. But the damage caused by Covid runs deep – and recovery is by no means assured“If we had to close down again,” says Andrew Lloyd Webber, “we couldn’t survive.” Webber is staging his new musical Cinderella, with book by Oscar-winner Emerald Fennell, in a full-capacity theatre in July, having already delayed its premiere twice. He has mortgaged his house in London and will be selling one of his seven theatres. “It cost £1...
Tags: Books, Music, UK, England, London, Scotland, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Stage, Festivals, Classical Music, Economic recovery, Exhibitions


The Birth Of Newsletters, 600 Years Before Substack

“Newsletters began in mid-fifteenth-century Venice. Subscribers would receive handwritten letters twice a week rounding up interesting events. Sixteenth-century merchants used similar news sources to keep track of exchange rates, taxes, and other business news. The form’s popularity expanded in England after the country’s first postal service took off around 1660. This opened the door to news writers, who could use the mail to gather information from distant correspondents and then send the inf...
Tags: Art, England, Venice, Words, 05.02.21


Benin Bronzes Are Not Safer Held In The West, Say Researchers

“They have been equally unsafe in the hands of British, not least because of attack in 1897, which destroyed so much royal and sacred landscape,” said Dan Hicks, an archaeology professor at the University of Oxford in England who has written extensively on the Benin Bronzes. And, he added, many Benin Bronzes have headed to market in Europe, leaving their whereabouts and their safety uncertain. “The most important of the collections have been sold off in the West.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Europe, England, University of Oxford, Benin, Visual, Dan Hicks, Benin Bronzes, 04.12.21


The Queen Of England’s Houses Cannot Be Searched For Looted Cultural Artifacts

Wait, are palaces like Sandringham likely to host stolen cultural artifacts? We’ll never know – at least not from the police, who are barred by a 2017 law from searching the royal residences. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, England, Sandringham, Visual, 03.25.21


Explore a New Archive of 2,200 Historical Wildlife Illustrations (1916-1965): Courtesy of The Wildlife Conservation Society

Between the 1910s and the 1960s, a nature-lover with a sure artistic hand and a yen to see the world could have done much worse than signing on with the Wildlife Conservation Society. During those decades, when the WCS was known as the New York Zoological Society, its “Department of Tropical Research (DTR), led by William Beebe, conducted dozens of ecological expeditions across tropical terrestrial and marine locales,” says the organization’s web site. This long-term project brought together bo...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Europe, England, Science, College, Nature, New York Times, Seoul, Gulf of Mexico, Galapagos Islands, Guyana, Trinidad And Tobago, Trinidad, Facebook Twitter


England’s Man On A Mission To Bring Museums Into The 21st Century

Gus Casely-Hayford has a vision for the new V&A East. “The space itself will be accessible in every possible way. We’ll build around it digital technologies, so you can both engage with the collection while you’re there and leave something of yourself behind, like comments. So it becomes not just a repository of objects, but of people’s thoughts and feelings and dreams.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, England, Visual, Gus Casely Hayford, 03.21.21


'I have picked people up on the street': the secret life of architect Alvar Aalto

He built wild, magical buildings and furniture that is still thrilling today. But a new film suggests the celebrated Finn was also a domineering philanderer deeply indebted to his talented wivesWonky lumps of misshapen, scorched bricks burst from a block of student flats in Cambridge, Massachusetts, giving a warty look to the long wall that winds its way along the Charles River. “The lousiest bricks in the world,” is how Finnish architect Alvar Aalto described the local New England materials he ...
Tags: England, Design, Film, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Finland, Mit - Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Finn, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Alvar Aalto, Cambridge Massachusetts, Charles River, Documentary films, Baker House


The Bayeux Tapestry Gets Digitized: View the Medieval Tapestry in High Resolution, Down to the Individual Thread

The Bayeux Tapestry, one of the most famous artifacts of its kind, isn’t actually a tapestry. Technically, because the images it bears are embroidered onto the cloth rather than woven into it, we should call it the Bayeux Embroidery. To quibble over a matter like this rather misses the point — but then, so does taking too literally the story it tells in colored yarn over its 224-foot length. Commissioned, historians believe, as an apologia for the Norman conquest of England in 1066, this elabor...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, England, College, History, Norman, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Louis, Halley, Smithsonian Magazine, Bayeux Tapestry, Bayeux, Colin Marshall, Bayeux Museum


Lampedusa cross made from capsized refugee boat to tour England

Display of moving memorial made in aftermath of 2013 boat tragedy aims to provoke debateA cross made from the wreckage of a refugee boat that capsized in the Mediterranean is to tour English museums and art galleries later this year to encourage debate and reflection on the plight of migrants.The cross, acquired by the British Museum in London five years ago, is one of a number made by a carpenter on the Italian island of Lampedusa, close to the Tunisian coastline. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, England, London, World news, Syria, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Italy, Refugees, British Museum, Mediterranean, Lampedusa


UK To Spend Another Half Biillion For Arts Sector’s COVID Recovery

The government is topping up the £1.57 billion ($1.9 billion) Culture Recovery Fund announced last July with an extra £300 million ($416 million), with an additional £90 million ($125 million) for English national museums and heritage sites and £18.8 million ($26 million) for local community-based projects. Alongside that funding designated for England, arts groups in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will get £77 million ($107 million), an amount roughly proportionate to their share of the...
Tags: Art, UK, England, Northern Ireland, Issues, Scotland Wales, 03.02.21


Commercial Art Galleries In UK Can Reopen Before Museums Do, And Museum Folks Are Furious

“Museum and gallery leaders in England have expressed anger, disappointment and bafflement at why commercial art galleries – which count as non-essential shops – can open five weeks before them. ‘It is just nuts’ said Rebecca Salter, the president of the Royal Academy of Arts which, like other public galleries, has been told it can reopen no sooner than 17 May. Shops, meanwhile, can open on 12 April.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, England, Royal Academy of Arts, Visual, Rebecca Salter, 02.23.21


Record Amount Of Buried Treasure Found In UK (By Amateurs With Metal Detectors)

The vast majority, 96%, were discovered by metal detecting. Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Essex and Hampshire were identified as hotspots for treasure with more than 80 pieces found in each county during 2019. There are approximately 20,000 detectorists in England and Wales, and 348 of their discoveries were acquired by or donated to UK museums in 2019. Of the found treasure, 84% were “object cases”, meaning non-coin finds. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, England, Wales, Hampshire, Visual, 02.03.21, Norfolk Lincolnshire Essex


Sharon Kay Penman, Historical Novelist Of England And Wales, 75

Penman’s best-selling, lengthy books about medieval England and Wales were stuffed with research – and drama. But “such was her commitment to the factual record that she kept a running list on her website of historical errors in her novels, owning up to even the most minor offense, like describing a medieval greyhound as ‘brindled,’ long before the breed developed that particular coloration.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, England, Wales, People, Penman, Sharon Kay Penman, 01.29.21


Patience & Esther Comes Next Week

Out January 26 is Patience & Esther: An Edwardian Romance, an adults-only graphic novel by S.W. Searle that’s absolutely adorable. I know, weird adjective for explicit erotica, but nevertheless… it’s the story of Patience, a servant girl finding love and herself in Edwardian England. Her partner, Esther, introduces her to pleasure and progressivism, as they encounter suffragettes and changing times.
Tags: Art, Comics, England, Esther, S W Searle


UK Courts Are Leasing Theatres For Courtrooms – Artists Are Objecting

Three national lockdowns in Britain, as well as tough social distancing guidelines, have hampered the business of England’s court system this past year, creating a huge backlog of cases. Since July, the country’s courts service has been renting suitable spaces — like theaters, but also conference centers and local government buildings — then turning them into temporary courtrooms. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, UK, England, Theatre, Britain, 01.18.21


Tim Rice: 'Evita was a bonkers idea'

As the great songwriter prepares to take Jesus Christ Superstar on a 50th birthday tour, he talks about penning hits, his idea for a new musical – and drinking from Lloyd Webber’s Georgian wine glassesTim Rice had a hunch the Oscar was in the bag. After all, he and Elton John had been responsible for three of the five nominations in the best song category. But, as he walked on stage that night in 1995, after Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King won, the tall, slightly awkward-looking...
Tags: Music, England, Hollywood, Musicals, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Broadway, Elton John, West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Middlesex, Rice, Compton, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita


The Artists Secretly Creating Miniature Buildings For Street Mice Across England And Europe

The collective that makes the buildings – they call themselves AnonyMouse – are, they said through an interlocutor, “a loosely connected network of mice and men, originating in the town of Mälmo, in southern Sweden.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Europe, England, Sweden, Malmo, Visual, 01.10.21


Flair Magazine: The Short-Lived, Highly-Influential Magazine That Still Inspires Designers Today (1950)

All magazines are their editors, but Flair was more its editor than any magazine had been before — or, for that matter, than any magazine has been since. Though she came to the end of her long life in England, a country to which she had expatriated with her fourth husband, a Briton, Fleur Cowles was as American a cultural figure as they come. Born Florence Freidman in 1908, she had performed on herself an unknowable number of Gatsbyesque acts of reinvention by 1950, when she found herself in a ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, England, Design, London, College, John Lennon, America, History, Magazines, Connecticut, Paris, Marilyn Monroe, Anna Wintour, Lucian Freud, Seoul


Why Are England’s Brutalist Buildings Being Destroyed?

As regular ArtsJournal readers have probably noticed, brutalist buildings are at risk all over the world. But basically, in the north of England, brutalist architecture has met a deliberate lack of maintenance, and so “a mix of mismanagement and a general undervaluing of brutalism was leading to unnecessary demolition.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, England, Visual, 01.03.21


When Boys Were Kidnapped And Forced To Sing

The Master of the Choristers at England’s Chapel Royal had the legal right to travel the land in search of the most talented young men and take them away to London to sing at the monarch’s religious services. This was, of course, a situation ripe for abuse, and in the days of Elizabeth I, Master Nathaniel Giles would conscript boys for his pal Henry Evans’s acting company at the Blackfriars Theatre — or they’d split the bribes from parents desperate to keep their families together. Then, one da...
Tags: Art, Music, England, London, Chapel Royal, Henry Evans, 12.17.20, Elizabeth I Master Nathaniel Giles


Has Thomas Becket’s ‘Little Book’ At Very Long Last Been Found?

The book was important enough that, in 1164, he sent his closest confidant to do something about it as he fled trial in England for exile in France. But he never named it. Fast-forward to 2014 (and later), and a tale of academic adventure and record-keeping that began over coffee. – BBC
Tags: Art, England, France, Words, Thomas Becket, 12.26.20


Fanny Waterman, Who Presided Over The Leeds Piano Competition For Decades, 100

She was the driving co-founder of the competition, which succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. “The idea of presenting an international music competition in 1960s Leeds, a gritty industrial city in northern England, seemed risky. But Ms. Waterman, a Leeds native who learned perseverance from her poor Russian immigrant father, believed in the vitality of her hometown and was certain she could draw support for the venture.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, England, People, Leeds, 12.26.20, Fanny Waterman, Ms Waterman


How The Choir Of King’s College, Cambridge Prepared Its Lessons And Carols Service For This Year Of Pestilence

Just as the boy chorister who sings the opening solo never knows that he’ll be the one to do it until immediately before the service (and its worldwide broadcast) begins, so — with a new strain of coronavirus raging around England — the choir and its director didn’t know until a week before Christmas Eve whether they’d be able to to the worldwide broadcast live. Here’s how they prepared for either eventuality. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, England, 12.22.20, Choir Of King



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