Kevin Spacey Foundation shuts down amid sexual misconduct allegations
A charitable organisation set up by Kevin Spacey to support young artists is to close immediately.
The Kevin Spacey Foundation took down its social media accounts in November amid a slew of sexual harassment allegations facing Spacey, but has now said that the charity is “no longer viable” and will cease operations in the UK with immediate effect.
The foundation was set up by Spacey in 2008 while he was artistic director of London’s Old Vic theatre.
A statement on its website said: “The trustees have reached the conclusion that the work of the Kevin Spacey Foundation UK is no longer viable and as such the foundation will be closing on February 28, 2018. The trustees would like to thank all their partners, artists and organisations for the great work that has been done in association with the foundation.”
It added that it hoped the charity’s work would be carried on by other organisations.
The foundation’s work included an annual programme called Artists of Choice, which gave grants of £10,000 to emerging artists from the UK and the US. Its inaugural judging panel in 2015 included directors Jamie Lloyd and Tamara Harvey, actors Cush Jumbo and Cynthia Erivo, and choreographers Wayne McGregor and Tamara Rojo.
The 2017 winners – which will now be the last – included Bristol-based theatre company the Wardrobe Ensemble and Hull new-writing company Silent Uproar.
Spacey remains under investigation by the Metropolitan Police for three allegations of sexual assault while he was artistic director of the Old Vic.