Culture Recovery Fund
Monday 5th July marked the 1 year anniversary of the Culture Recovery Fund. This initiative run by The Arts Council and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, is a fund to support cultural organisations through the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s been a lifeline for Hawkwood.
Over the last year we’ve achieved so much, such as welcoming artists to our residency programme as soon as we were able to reopen, and the launch and curation of our online programme. We’ve been able to continue to spread creativity, sustainable leadership, conversations that matter, during the tough times of lockdown, and we’ve been able to develop new series and projects such as the Nelson Trust for a new Create Health Programme
Among the new series was #MusicthatMatters, a series of talks to explore old creativity and how it can inform the new. We welcomed artists such as Steve Savale from Asian Dubfoundation and Dame Emma Kirkby, among others. From here we expanded our YouTube to include premieres of these talks for a wider audience to enjoy.
The NEST Collective also served to be a particularly notable project. It aimed to engage artists in nature immersion and climate discussion. Through the NEST collective, we spread awareness and informed creativity on subjects of current affairs.
Meanwhile, Simon McBurney, Annabel Arden and a sound artist created a new show for the Schaubuhne, Berlin, from our hall, directing the artists in Berlin via zoom.
From our Artist Residencies archive:
The culture recovery fund has been a lifeline for our organisation and the artists we support. I can honestly say that without the support of the Arts Council and DCMS we might not be here right now. CRF has enabled our organisation to continue until we can reopen. It supported our creative and cultural digital offering while we were closed and has enabled numerous, exceptional and diverse artists to develop new work which will be shared in the national cultural landscape in the coming years. The support has also allowed us to run a Create Health programme in collaboration with Create Gloucestershire supporting those who have been affected by the pandemic with a creative programme. The board, the team and all the artists we work with would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for saving our organisation –
– Alicia Carey, Chief Executive, Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking.