Arts and culture

Arts and culture

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This theme covers all aspects of the arts, crafts and creative industries, including their social, cultural and economic aspects. It is one of the eight universal themes which form our grantmaking framework and allow us to address every aspect of society. Fellows’ stories

Blogs & conversations Finding the beauty in illness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year’s campaign is focusing on raising awareness around secondary breast cancer. In this powerful blog, Churchill Fellow, Lottie Barnes (CF 2020) talks through her second primary cancer diagnosis and how it interrupted her Fellowship journey but inspired her to challenge perceptions around the imagery of illness. Photographed in chronological order (2021-22), with a high-fashion, photo shoot aesthetic, ‘Finding the Beauty in Illness’ documents and interprets an eight to nine-month journey of chemotherapy and mastectomy to convalescence and beyond.

By Lottie Barnes, 2023

Fellows' updates July 2023 Fellow's update: Maria Amidu

Artist Maria Amidu (CF 2013) has been awarded the third and final Future Collect commission, which supports the creation of a major new work of art by a British based artist of African and/or Asian descent, for exhibition and acquisition at Towner Eastbourne in 2024. Maria has also done doctoral research which grew out of her Fellowship.

By Maria Amidu, 2023

Fellows' updates June 2023 Fellow's update: Kathy Hall

Self-employed teacher, presenter and promoter of Chinese opera, Kathy Hall (CF 2004) focused her Fellowship on Kunqu opera, so that she could further her Kunqu performance skills in Hangzhou, China. Kathy was invited by the British Museum to perform an excerpt from the Peking Opera, The Imperial Concubine Intoxicated -The Hundred Flowers Pavilion on June 9 2023 at the close of the 2-day Conference: China's 1800s -Material and Visual Culture. In the same evening, Kathy performed an excerpt from the Kunqu Opera, The Palace of Eternal Youth - the Intimate Feast. This was an informative comparison and contrast between the two major Chinese Opera genres in music, singing, and movements.

By Kathy Hall, 2023

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