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.

Tate Modern turns 20

The Tate Modern celebrated its 20th birthday this week. With many of the planned celebratory exhibitions and projects unable to go ahead, including a year-long Yayoi Kusama exhibition, the Tate Modern has been reflecting on the past 20 years as an iconic art institution. It is also inviting everyone to share in the nostalgia too – check out #TateModernturns20 on Instagram to see art lovers everywhere sharing their memories of the beloved London gallery.

Normal People continued…

Many people have found their lockdown consumed with Normal People, the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Booker Prize longlisted novel of the same name. This week, The White Review has released Rooney’s short story, At the Clinic which features Normal People’s main characters Marianne and Connell. Originally in The White Review’s Issue 18 back in 2016, the story is now available to read online. If you fancy a physical copy The White Review has some available to buy here.

V&A calls for homemade signs

The V&A is calling for any signs and posters made as a result of coronavirus for its collection. From children’s rainbow drawings stuck up in front room windows to handwritten notes from shopkeepers, the V&A is keen to build a snapshot of what life is like under lockdown. This public callout by the V&A is part of its wider lockdown project, Pandemic Objects, which explores the new found importance of certain objects during the current crisis. Find out more on how to submit your signs to the V&A here.

Lockdown

The past few months have seen a lot of interesting artistic and cultural collaborations, often in the aid of some very worthy causes. This week, actor Florence Pugh has teamed up with Poet Laureate Simon Armitage to record a special reading of his coronavirus poem, Lockdown, reports i-D. The recording brings together poetry, singing, spoken word and music and is in aid of the domestic abuse charity, Refuge. You can buy or stream the song here.

 

Image credits

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Tate Modern/ The Art Newspaper
Normal People/ LitHub
V&A/ Timeout
Simon Armitage & Florence Pugh/ i-D