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Festival UK* 2022 today announces that applications are open for a unique and pioneering, £3 million funded R&D opportunity. The search is on for the greatest minds and brightest talents drawn from the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, and from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, to form Creative Teams capable of developing major public engagement projects to showcase the UK’s creativity and innovation on a global scale.
Henri Loyrette, former director of the Louvre, and Sam Stourdzé, former director of the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival, are among the 12 judges of a new art award worth €150,000 in total.
It was recently suggested that the pandemic poses ‘the biggest threat to the UK’s cultural infrastructure, institutions and workforce in a generation’ in an inquiry from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee into the impact of COVID-19. Safeguarding the sustainability of the sector and restoring its position as one of the UK economy’s greatest success stories is a critical priority.
The Welsh Government is being urged to explore the idea of a universal basic income for creatives by a commissioner who was appointed to oversee the interests of future generations.
The Musicians’ Union and major artists have called on the government to introduce a universal basic income to support performers left unpaid during the coronavirus pandemic.
France’s new prime minister, Jean Castex, has nominated a new culture minister, Roselyne Bachelot, in today's cabinet reshuffle. Bachelot replaces Franck Riester, who is now in charge of foreign trade at the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.