ENO Chief Executive to step down in June 2018

English National Opera chief executive Cressida Pollock, is stepping down in June next year after three years in charge.

Dame Julia is critics’ toast

Dame Julia is critics’ toast

Dame Julia Peyton Jones, the former director of the Serpentine Gallery, has been awarded the Critics’ Circle Award for Visual Arts.

Joan Littlewood makes the RSC

A musical based on the life of the innovative, inspiring and anarchic theatre director Joan Littlewood is to be a highlight in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2018 season.

Peter Hall dies at 86

Sir Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company who went on to lead the National Theatre's move from the Old Vic to the South Bank, has died aged 86.

HERITAGE		Living with Turner

HERITAGE Living with Turner

The great painter’s country home has been restored to the way he knew, thanks to the research and skill of a team of master craftsmen and women. Simon Tait reports

MY STORY   Going with the stream

MY STORY Going with the stream

Signum Records, the classical music label, is 20 years old next month, and in an era when recording companies have been disappearing with regularity, it has sold more than 750,000 CDs and released more than 500 new recordings at a current rate of 50 a year, distributed to 30 countries. Its managing director is Steve Long

DEA BIRKETT Where art cuts no ice

DEA BIRKETT Where art cuts no ice

Dea Birkett sees a performance at Blackpool Pleasure Beach that would never get an Arts Council grant, but which moves the audience as much as any drama. So why isn’t it art?

AI PROFILE		 Dancing through the myths of time

AI PROFILE Dancing through the myths of time

Shobana Jeyasingh MBE, choreographer

FESTIVALS Getting to the heart of Hull

FESTIVALS Getting to the heart of Hull

Patrick Kelly looks at the impact of Hull’s City of Culture year on local communities

VENUES 		Facing the music

VENUES Facing the music

Grassroots music and arts venues are threatened by ever encroaching residential development. Patrick Kelly reports

BP award winner gives prize - to fight BP

The winner of this year’s BP Young Artist Award has given part of his prize money to Greenpeace – to help its campaign against the competition sponsor, BP.

STREET ART		New street talk

STREET ART New street talk

XTRAX, the showcase for outdoor arts, was set up
20 years ago by Manchester’s Streets Ahead Festival. Ten years ago it helped set up an offshoot, Without Walls. Here Maggie Clarke, director and founder of XTRAX, and Josephine Burns, executive chair of Without Walls, explain how it is the way to the future – and how artists themselves can help guide it

THE WORD	The art of the artisan

THE WORD The art of the artisan

Alberto Cavalli, director of the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, and author of The Master’s Touch: Essential elements of artisanal excellence, believes that craftsmanship and artistic creativity go hand-in-hand

THEATRE		Jeeves, Potter and love in the Lakes

THEATRE Jeeves, Potter and love in the Lakes

A 200-seat Lake District theatre that consistently loses money, The Old Laundry, is celebrating its 25th birthday with a triumphant revival of a musical by some of the people who created it

Arts lottery cash plummets

Lottery money going to good causes fell by £76.7m in the first quarter of this year which will be knocked on to funding for the arts and heritage via Arts Council England the Heritage Lottery Fund.

London to get ‘creative island’

 

A new artists’ centre is to open on the Thamesday Silvertown, with guaranteed studio spaces and workshops, as part of the London City Island development.

Arts group protest to ACE chair

Locus + says grant cut is unfair.

NPG acquires black portraits for historic exhibition

NPG acquires black portraits for historic exhibition

 

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired a collection of photographic portraits of successful black Britons which will form the basis of an exhibition, Black is the New Black.