We scour the media each week for our favourite Four stories around the innovations,  campaigns and voices which are keeping arts and culture alive despite the current crisis, across the resilient cultural sectors our team promotes, including: books; visual art; architecture and design; museums; and performing arts.

Darkness residencies

Artist Sam Winston has made an open call for ‘darkness residency’ participants as part of his immersive project A Delicate Sight, reports The Guardian. These ‘darkness residencies’ invite you to spend hours in complete blackout, before writing something inspired by heightened senses, identity, imagination and sensory reduction. Well known participants include the author and 2019 Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo, the poet and former Jerwood Compton poetry fellow Raymond Antrobus, and the 2019 Booker Prize longlisted author Max Porter. Find out how to get involved here.

Hay Festival digital

Hay Festival has announced its fully digital festival this week, reports The Bookseller. The festival boasts an impressive line-up, featuring a range of well-known authors and thinkers, with a lot of familiar faces including Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood, 2019 Baillie Gifford Prize winner Hallie Rubenhold and Booker Prize shortlisted author Elif Shafak. There’s also a special collaboration between our clients the Wordsworth Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council for ‘Wordsworth 250’, celebrating the 250th year since the poet’s birth. Check out Hay’s website for full details of the line-up, which features Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry, among other well known faces.

Welcome to Wander…

The Mental Health Foundation has joined up with art galleries and museums to provide virtual tours narrated by some famous voices. The project, entitled Wander, features specially commissioned films and aims to offer inspiration, escapism and meditation during these isolating times. The first episode features Richard E. Grant showing you around V&A exhibitions whilst reciting Alice in Wonderland. It is available to watch here.

Video art flourishes

The Guardian’s new section on lockdown culture has explored the booming popularity of video art this week. Accessibility to art during these surreal times is vital, and with the rise of online usage, video art is perfect for lockdown. Wondering where to start with video art? Our client John Hansard Gallery commissioned artist David Blandy to make two new videos for its new digital programme. The first, How to Fly, is live on its website now.

Image credits

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Darkness residencies/ The Guardian
Hay Festival/ BBC
Wander/ Mentalhealth.org
Video art/ The Guardian