• 12-11-2012
  • Previous trustee of the Arts Foundation Valerie Eliot dies

  • The Arts Foundation is sad to hear that Valerie Eliot, the widow of T.S. Eliot and zealous guardian of the poet's literary legacy for almost half a century, has died. She was 86. In a statement Sunday, the Eliot estate said Valerie Eliot died two days before at her London home after a short illness. Born Valerie Fletcher in Leeds, northern England, on Aug. 17, 1926, Eliot was the second wife of the U.S.-born Nobel literature laureate. She met him at London publisher Faber & Faber, where he was a director and she a star-struck secretary who had been a fan of his work since her teenage years.
    The trustees of the Foundation pass their condolences onto her family and friends.

  • 12-11-2012
  • See how the Teachers do it!

  • Jewellery maker Lin Cheung joins teachers on the Central St Martins BA Jewellery Design course including Caroline Broadhead, Sian Evans, Giles Last and Max Warren for an exhibition at the college. Driven by curiosity and questions, each develops ideas, objects or images that explore how value and identity can be communicated through materials and circumstance. Opens 14th November at 'The Crossway' which is a big, open space between the Granary Building and the Tramsheds, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London.

  • 12-11-2012
  • Beethoven for Belcea

  • If you like Beethoven check out our classical fellows - the Belcea Quartet - who return to their original label Zig-Zag Territoires with their first volume of Beethoven's complete String Quartets.

    As say the Independent, "Tuning remains pristine throughout, while tone, expressivity and attack is bolder, from the heroic yearnings and benign variations of Opus 18 Nos 1, 2, 4 and 6, to the ferocity of Opus 95 and the numinous reflections of Opus 131. Faultless and unsettling". Seems a pretty convincing review and they gave it 5 stars ....http://www.belceaquartet.com

  • 27-09-2012
  • 2011 Fellow Sam Lee nominated for Mercury Music Prize

  • Sam Lee’s graceful A Ground Of Its Own album was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize for best British (and Irish) album of the year alongside the likes of Plan B, Django Django and Lianne La Havas.The album, which the Arts Foundation fellowship helped to fund, is according to journalist Colin Irwin 'a beautiful album and a brave one too, both in its enlightened instrumentation – not a guitar in sight – and with a relatively oblique array of material, drawn handsomely from the travelling community which he has embraced so fulsomely...' He continues, 'The inferred role as folk song ambassador that habitually accompanies the specialist spot on the Mercury list will fit easity on his shoulders.Indeed, while Ground Of Its Own is possibly the most hardcore folk-related album ever to make the Mercury list, who can say what wil be achieved once Lee's famous charm offensive moves into full tornado force on the mainstream. The results will be fascinating.. and surely very good.' The album didn't win but put it on your Christmas list - it's a winner!