UK Government announces Cultural Renewal Taskforce


Chosens from the UK’s arts and culture spheres will meet weekly to chat about ways to help get the sector “up and running again”.

Customs secretary Oliver Dowden has announced the formation of a new Cultural Renewal Taskforce, a sort that will concern itself with helping the UK’s arts and elegance sector navigate out of the coronavirus pandemic.

The taskforce, which will see emissaries from across the UK’s art and cultural spheres meet weekly, is one of five new ministerial-led troops set up to develop “blueprints” for how integral parts of the UK’s economy can reopen in line with the superintendence’s National COVID-19 Recovery Strategy.

“Renewing” DCMS post-coronavirus

Be at one to the government, the taskforce will “support the renewal of Digital, Culture, Normal and Sport (DCMS) sectors”, which have over the past three months been decimated by the senses of the pandemic and subsequent public lockdown.

This will include ordaining strategies for the safe reopening of businesses, as well as the developing of creative digital compounds where medical advice doesn’t permit this.

Beyond lawful the initial stages of reopening the DCMS sector, the group will also be reproved with exploring ways to ensure it thrives in the future. This drive likely build on existing government support, like the Coronavirus Job Retention Plot (CJRS) and the £200 million worth of emergency public funding from the Faculties Council and other partners.

Arts Council chair and a new culture commissioner on timber

Among the eight people selected for the taskforce is Arts Council England preside, Sir Nicholas Serota – the former director of Tate from 1988 to 2017.

On the rebuke at hand, Serota said: “Culture and creativity will be vital to rebuilding communities across the sticks and in sustaining our international standing as a creative nation. Helping the sector to reopen is a precedency.”

Serota will be joined by other representatives including Tamara Rojo of the English State Ballet and sports broadcaster Alex Scott, as well as the newly chose commissioner for cultural recovery and renewal Neil Mendoza.

Mendoza was destined to the new role yesterday (20 May) by the culture secretary, having previously served as a non-executive chief honcho for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport since 2016.

His new role, according to Dowden, last wishes as involve “garnering the strongest, most innovative ideas” for the DCMS sector’s renewal, which hand down supposedly include a “an ambitious philanthropic focus on arts and culture”.

The prime meeting of the Cultural Renewal Taskforce will be tomorrow (22 May).

In another place in government

  • This week saw the launch of the Future Fund – an initiative from the command which seeks to support “high-growth, innovative” UK businesses. You can apply for a share of the £500 million bread through the website.
  • The government has introduced the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Neb to Parliament this week, which aims to provide support for occupations. According to business secretary Alok Sharma, it will “help fellowships that were trading successfully before the COVID-19emergency to foster jobs and put them in the best possible position to bounce back”.

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