Sky Arts Art 50

LATEST NEWS: 'The Gathering' reunites artists for final Art 50 project

The Sage, Gateshead played host to 'The Gathering' on the 19th September which brought together some of the Art 50 artists funded by the scheme to look at what it means to be British in the light of the EU referendum. Dr Kate Craddock played host to a fantastic day where people had an opportunity to reflect on their projects and engage with the other artists. It was truly heartwarming to see how well so many had done out of this amazing funding initiative, personally and professionally.

There were also representatives from partners Storyvault Films, The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Barbican as the day was an opportunity to see how arts funding and commissioning schemes like this can help institutions develop and engage a wider range of artists across the UK, across genres and across classes.

The artists were invited to create a quick 'Manifesto for the Arts' which was live streamed on the day from Sage, Gateshead and can be seen below. It was nerve-wracking but they all managed to create something moving, positive and/or funny.

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What is Art 50?

What does Britain look and feel like today? The outcome of the Brexit referendum stimulated a widespread debate about our national identity, with many people looking to express how they feel about our nation as we approach a future outside the EU.

50 projects funded by Sky Arts on this topic were showcased in four programmes on TV in March 2019. They were presented by Stephen Mangan, Joan Bakewell and Vick Hope. These are now available on Sky Catch Up and On Demand.

Art 50: The Sound of Britain premiered the music and dance projects

Art 50: A Picture of Britain looked at the visual art projects

Art 50: Britain on Film showcased the works of film makers

Art 50: The Voice of Britain explored the works of poets and playwrights

Many of our projects and artists including Nitin Sawhney, Hanbury & Groves, Dancexchange, Boy Blue and Lemn Sissay were seen in February 2019 at some of the the Art 50 festivals in February at the Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Barbican in London.

An estimated 9000 people came to the Barbican Openfest:Art 50!

Find out more about the Sky Arts Art 50 scheme by clicking the ABOUT tab