A new piece towards solving Magritte puzzle

A new piece towards solving Magritte puzzle

Conservators at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery believe they have taken a major step towards solving the mystery of a lost painting by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte.

Hull launches its £32m year of culture

Hull launches its £32m year of culture

“Hull has always had a unique cultural voice and in 2017 it will roar” declared the year’s director, Martin Green, beneath a sign saying “Everyone back to ours in 2017”.

Tate acquires its earliest painting by a woman

Tate acquires its earliest painting by a woman

The Tate has acquired Joan Carlile’s Portrait of an Unknown Lady, painted in the 1650s and the earliest work in its collection by a woman.

Scottish arts companies sign gender pledge

Half of board members to be women by 2020

Sunderland bid for ACE cash

City wants new arts auditorium

Hull doubles culture city funding target

Hull, the UK’s City of Culture for 2017, has almost doubled its funding target of £18m, with £32m secured a week before the year-long programme is announced.

Franklin's lost ship shows up in exhibition

Franklin's lost ship shows up in exhibition

Edward Landseer's portrayal of Sir John Franklin's ship HMS Terror, lost in the search for the North-West Passage in 1848 and discovered only this month beneath the Arctic waters, is to go on display at the Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London.

PATRICK KELLY'S back page

PATRICK KELLY'S back page

AI's pick of the best to come

PASSING BY... Beyond the Fringe

PASSING BY... Beyond the Fringe

Antony Thorncroft casts an eye from afar over this year’s Edinburgh festivals

VISUAL ARTS mima's metamorphosis

VISUAL ARTS mima's metamorphosis

Middlesbrough’s contemporary art gallery is undergoing some radical changes, discovers Patrick Kelly

MY STORY Thames artistry

Jan Lennox is director of Watermans, the West London arts centre based in Brentford. Watermans sees over 230,000 visits annually to its programme of independent cinema, children’s and asian theatre, exhibitions, courses and festivals. Watermans also leads several other major projects: bell square, a three year-old outdoor arts venue in hounslow, staging free fortnightly events; the Circulate consortium, a network of london venues promoting outdoor arts in underserved boroughs and Creative people & places hounslow, part of ACE’s major investment in building new arts audiences

GOOD PRACTICE Young, free and enjoying theatre

Kate Pakenham explains how the Donmar Warehouse’s free ticket scheme can ensure more young people access shakespeare’s finest works

HERITAGE Invaluable assets

HERITAGE Invaluable assets

Cultural heritage is the target of acquisitions, but this time it’s the community behind the takeover

DEA BIRKETT Berlin walls

DEA BIRKETT Berlin walls

Dea Birkett finds that the German capital’s new architectural splendour can oppress rather than enlighten

AI PROFILE Brum's royals

AI PROFILE Brum's royals

Jan Teo, chief executive, Birmingham Royal Ballet

MUSIC Coming in with a bang

MUSIC Coming in with a bang

The rhythms of drum ensembles put together in a Barbican project are bringing down social barriers in East End schools - so successfully that now the project is going it alone

CHILDREN'S THEATRE We are what we play

CHILDREN'S THEATRE We are what we play

What makes babies laugh? Why “the terrible twos”? Are teenagers programmed to be difficult? Making children’s theatre is more than entertaining young audiences. Polka Theatre, founded almost 50 years ago in Wimbledon, is also linking up with scientists to explore the audience with its festival Brain Waves

Serota takes over as ACE chair

Serota takes over as ACE chair

Steps down from Tate after 28 years