19th March 2020
In light of the current Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we will not be circulating our usual monthly newsletter of projects, openings, opportunities and updates this week. Many museums, heritage sites, artists and galleries are facing difficult decisions with regards to their work and operations over the next few weeks and they are firmly in our thoughts at the moment.
Arts Council England and Government guidance is updated daily, but the current advice to stop non-essential contact with others, avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues and the withdrawal of support for mass gatherings will hugely affect both our and our partners day to day activity. The latest information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Arts&Heritage is taking what action we can during these unprecedented times. All face-to-face meetings and events have been postponed, and contingency plans are being developed for the three rounds of our Meeting Point programme currently in varying stages of development, alongside other projects we are currently planning. If you are involved in Meeting Point or any of our current projects, you will be hearing from us directly in due course, if you have not already done so.
We will continue to offer support to our partners: artists, museums and heritage sites, and are committed to honouring all contracted financial arrangements made with artists and other freelance and self-employed practitioners during what we know is a worrying time for them.
The team are currently planning what else we can do to support the sector during this time. More information on this and our revised programme will follow as the situation develops, and as we work out where our support is best needed.
One thing we can do is increase the frequency of our newsletters, and tailor them to current demand – if there are things you would like us to highlight and focus on in these, please do get in touch: [email protected]. You can join our mailing list via the sign-up box at the bottom of this webpage.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Stephanie, Judith, Andrea, Becky and Kiki
*Image caption: We thought we would remind ourselves of our work over the past years and felt it was an opportune moment to celebrate, once again, the image of Stella McCartney’s fabulous crystal horse hanging in the fourteenth century Belsay Castle, an English Heritage historic site in Northumberland. Lucky Spot was one of twelve commissions for Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens for Fashion At Belsay an English Heritage contemporary art project curated by A&H Creative Director Judith King in 2004