Chair of The Landmark Trust, Neil Mendoza has been tasked with advising the government on how film, theatre, galleries and entertainment venues can recover from the coronavirus lockdown.
Mendoza was appointed by culture secretary Oliver Dowden.
As commissioner for cultural recovery Mendoza will look for the “strongest, most innovative ideas for its renewal” and present them to DCMS Ministers and officials.
“He will initiate an ambitious philanthropic focus on arts and culture, and help ensure Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England and other important bodies work together with DCMS to develop and deliver support to the sector,” said a statement from the DCMS.
The DCMS has also set up an Entertainment and Events Working Group to advise on the reopening of cultural venues across the UK.
Speaking about Mendoza’s appointment, Oliver Dowden said: “Our local, regional and national institutions have been trailblazers in coming up with innovative ways to reach audiences during the lockdown. Our focus now turns to paving the way for the reopening of the country’s cultural hubs including theatres, galleries, museums and entertainment venues, when it is safe to do so.
“Neil’s appointment as commissioner for cultural recovery and renewal and the creation of a new taskforce is all part of the government’s commitment to help get the cultural and creative sectors back up and running.”