Museums have apparently reached a new high in popularity. Against expectations, museums and art galleries in England saw a rise of 2% in 2018 - with, crucially, revenue also up 2% on the previous year – according to Visit England this week. It may seem modest, but it comes after three years of decline.
By Patrick Kelly
As newly elected local councils get down to work, arts organisations find themselves having to negotiate a new set of relationships with freshly mandated politicians, many of whom will display utter ignorance of the value of arts to their communities.
There are those in the malevolent social atmosphere we have built around us who would be suspicious of something called Black Womxn in Theatre.
More by luck than judgement: Diana, Princess of Wales, Cornwall, May 12th, 1993, by Richard Lappas
Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image
AI Profile: Laura Sillars, director, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
This image is a moment of history, a salute to the achievements of black women in British theatre. “It’s our celebration, putting a ribbon around it” says Stella Kanu.
This week a review, , She Said More,, looked beyond statistics to show how women in the arts are regarded, and how this has changed. It was compiled by Dr Cath Sleeman who, with Eliza Easton, explains the methods and what was found
Next month the first recipients of Arts Council England’s new Transforming Leadership Fund will be announced. Here, ACE’s executive director of communication and public policy Mags Patten discusses how talent training can ease the strain on emerging leaders
Edith Piaf in White Dress, Paris, 1950, by Marilyn Stafford
In Ireland, the Abbey is almost synonymous with theatre. The Dublin playhouse has been woven into the history of the nation, not just the dramatic arts.
Last week’s TaitMail, prompted by the appointment of a shipping executive as director of the Royal Museums Greenwich, brings a response from Roy Clare CBE, former director of the National Maritime Museum and later CEO of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and then director of Auckland War Memorial Museum in New Zealand
I’m glad Nigel Hinds got an OBE in the Birthday Honours for being executive producer of 14-18 NOW - his boss, Jenny Waldman, got her CBE 18 months ago – underlining the triumph of the marathon commemoration. We haven’t always been so good at it.