MARGARET LOVES_

01.04.20

We’re back with your regular dose of Margaret Loves during these turbulent times. With the UK now under stricter isolation restrictions, brands, media, cultural organisations, and individuals are continuing to weather the storm with creativity and kindness. There are so many brilliant examples out there but here is our curated snapshot…..   Manchester International Festival […]

We’re back with your regular dose of Margaret Loves during these turbulent times.

With the UK now under stricter isolation restrictions, brands, media, cultural organisations, and individuals are continuing to weather the storm with creativity and kindness.

There are so many brilliant examples out there but here is our curated snapshot…..

 

Manchester International Festival

In the week that Manchester International
Festival was due to premiere Riz Ahmed’s
much anticipated new show, ‘The Long
Goodbye’, it has taken to Youtube to
launch ‘The Long Lockdown’ – a series of
film screenings, discussions and Q&As.

 

The Faces of Frida

Google Arts & Culture has partnered with
museums and other art institutions across
seven countries to launch “The Faces of Frida”
an expansive online exhibition that features
more than 800 pieces by (and of) the artist.
The collection includes the works of Kahlo
herself, but also items from private collections
and rare visuals of ephemera such as her
journals, letters, clothing and other personal
possessions.

The site also boasts technology such as Art
Camera, allowing visitors to zoom in to some of
the works to see Kahlo’s masterful brushstrokes
in detail.

Artist takeovers

White Cube launched the #TraceyEminDiary
on Thursday 26th March – a seven day
takeover of “images and thoughts reflecting
on the circumstances of the day.”

The Flowers Gallery handed the reins over to
political artist John Keane this week, whose
exhibition at the gallery is temporarily closed
because of the pandemic. Keane posted
‘making of’ shots of his artworks and explored
his inspirations.

Sydney Biennale goes virtual

The Sydney Biennale closed its doors on
25th March due to COVID-19 (only 10 days
after opening) so in a deft pivot is now
working with Google Arts & Culture to
become the first major biennale to go
virtual.

Access to its program of over 700
artworks & events include a self-guided
virtual walk-through and curated tours
around its six venues, plus live talks,
interactive Q&As, podcasts, and artist
takeovers.

Instagram inspiration

Instagram is coming into its own as a platform
for visual inspiration.

Photographer Martin Parr launched a series of
photographic challenges this week ‘to be
completed from inside your home, with what
you have available’.

We also love photographer Chloe Sheppard’s
‘Isolation Art Club’, which prompts creatives with
a new them every day.

And instant photography fans need to look no
further than Polaroid for an evolving programme
of artist how-tos, photo challenges and more.

 

Rufus Wainwright’s ‘Quarantunes’

Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainswright has
taken to Instagram to share ‘Quarantunes’
a daily recital from his Los Angeles home (in
his dressing gown no less). We love.

 

Cheers!

While the essentials like food & medicine
are of course top of the list, ‘isolation
libations’ have their place (in moderation,
natch). Here are some of the brilliant bars
who are offering delivery….

North London’s Ladies & Gentlemen is
offering delivery of their delicious
cocktails and Ayurvedic juices. If tequila is
your tipple then head over to Hacha,
where you can buy a bottle of their
famous mirror margarita to be delivered
straight to your door.

 

Isolation film club

Staying in and watching a film has always been
appealing but now every night is film night!
Modern Films has just launched its own player
so people can watch titles from their impressive
catalogue.

We’re also loving ‘Perfect Failures’ – a curatorial
collaboration between Mubi & Fondazione
Prada putting the spotlight on films that were
misunderstood upon their original release.
And finally Stuart Heritage explores how
isolation would change classic films for The
Guardian.

Hauser & Wirth: From a Distance

Gallery Hauser & Wirth launched ‘From a
Distance’ this week – an ongoing series of
personal videos from its artists and friends
that aims to bring us all closer together as
we navigate this new reality.

Tune in on Instagram for messages, videos
and inspiration from artists including Ida
Applebroog, Mark Bradford, George Condo,
Martin Creed, Luchita Hurtado, Guillermo
Kuitca, Matthew Day Jackson & Richard
Jackson.

Brands & organisations big and small
have launched ‘relief funds’ to support
the creative industries in this difficult time…

 

Film & TV emergency relief fund

Last week Netflix announced a $100m
global fund to help creatives affected by
the pandemic (including those working
on its own productions) and this week,
The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have
partnered to create a new fund,
established with a £1m donation from
Netflix, to help support the UK’s film & TV
creative community.

The fund will provide emergency
short-term relief to the many thousands
of active workers and freelancers who
have been directly affected by the closure
of productions.

Spotify Covid-19 Music Relief

Fellow streaming giant Spotify has also
announced its support for the creative
community with Spotify Covid-19 Music
Relief – a program recommends verified
organisations that offer financial relief to
those in the music community most
affected. Spotify has partnered with
MusiCares, PRS Foundation and Help
Musicians and is looking to adding more
partners worldwide.

The company will also be making a
donation to these organisations and will
match donations made via the ‘Spotify
Covid-19 Music Relief’ page dollar-for-dollar
up to a total Spotify contribution of $10m.

Helping the most vulnerable

The creative community is suffering right
now and deserves support, but we’re ever
aware of the most vulnerable members of
society, whose normality is living below the
poverty line and who are now facing
increased levels of hardship.

There are inspiring organisations out there
who are doing great work to support the
most vulnerable in society like FareShare,
who collect surplus food from hundreds of
businesses to redistribute to frontline
charities and community groups and
Beauty Banks, a grassroots movement
founded by journalist Sali Hughes that aims
to eradicate hygiene poverty.

And finally….

#ClapForTheNHS

Emotional & heartwarming scenes unfolded
across the nation at 8pm on Thursday 26th
March as everyone joined together in a
round of applause to say thank you to the
brave NHS workers on the front line helping
to save lives during the COVID-19 crisis.
With everyone from politicians to pop-stars
joining from their homes and sharing on
social media it was truly a moment to
remember that our NHS workers are the real
heroes right now.

To put thoughts into action we love the
Meals for The NHS initiative, ensuring NHS
staff in hospitals around the country don’t
go hungry when working extraordinarily
long hours with limited canteen resources.

Click here to donate!

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