Outdated systems blocking creativity growth - CIF

Outdated systems blocking creativity growth - CIF

Growth in the creative industries is being stymied by government and policy bodies working by out-dated definitions, according to a report published today by the Cultural Industries Federation (CIF).

Pitzhanger to re-open after £12m restoration

Pitzhanger to re-open after £12m restoration

Pitzhanger Manor, the dream country home created for himself and his family by Sir John Soane, in his time England’s most celebrated architect, is to reopen in March after major restoration.  

TAITMAIL    Art, Larry, and how another Christmas saved the world

TAITMAIL Art, Larry, and how another Christmas saved the world

By Simon Tait

I’ll spare you another Brexit sermon, that can wait at least a week. Instead I can take advantage of the fact that today is December 7, the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, and make a connection with the extraordinary polymath Larry Holofcener, who died last year aged 91, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. 

‘Purity’ of boys’ voices – it’s Garrett v Bach Choir

‘Purity’ of boys’ voices – it’s Garrett v Bach Choir

Opera soprano Lesley Garrett’s call for an end to male-only choirs has been rebuffed by the head of one of the leading ensembles in the world, the Bach Choir.

New CEO for FACT

New CEO for FACT

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) chooses Arts Catalyst's Nicola Triscott and new CEO

DEA BIRKETT Fifteen years ago, a museum visit changed my life

DEA BIRKETT Fifteen years ago, a museum visit changed my life

Last week we reported on the reopening of the V&A’s Cast Courts. Here, Dea Birkett recounts her own especial memory of them

Friends buy Burnley Empire for £1

Friends buy Burnley Empire for £1

The Victorian Burnley Empire has been saved by a friends group, days before it was due to go for auction.

Fitzwilliam’s gift of the Great Belzoni

Fitzwilliam’s gift of the Great Belzoni

The larger than life archaeologist, explorer and circus strong man known as the Great Belzoni is to adorn Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum.

The smartphone Turner Prize

The smartphone Turner Prize

Charlotte Prodger has won this year’s Turner Prize for visual art with a 32-minute film shot on her smartphone.

Rogers to leave Birmingham REP

Rogers to leave Birmingham REP

Executive director steps down after 17 years

To all Dome-loving humans…

To all Dome-loving humans…

David Shrigley has created this limited edition print with proceeds from sales going towards the Build Brighton Dome community appeal.

How WWI enriched contemporary art

How WWI enriched contemporary art

More than 35m people, half the population, have engaged with the 14-18 NOW commemorations of the First World War, which has now ended after five years.

Ally Pally theatre reopens after 80 years

Ally Pally theatre reopens after 80 years

Alexandra Palace’s theatre and East Court reopened at the weekend after a £27m, three-year restoration project.

What's up in… Bristol

What's up in… Bristol

AI looks at what's coming up around the country – this week, the arts in Bristol. 

Bid to save Turner’s Thames view

Bid to save Turner’s Thames view

The government has mounted a campaign to save J M W Turner’s painting Walton Bridgesfor the nation by placing an export stop on it.

Victorian art world – recast by the V&A

Victorian art world – recast by the V&A

The Cast Courts at the V&A, two of the museum’s original 1850s galleries, have reopened after a seven year programme, restored and refurbished as they were 160 years ago.

Brexit: May's deal and the arts

Brexit: May's deal and the arts

The Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement still leaves the arts and cultural industries in doubt about the future.

Rhian Harris takes over in Lakes

Rhian Harris takes over in Lakes

Rhian Harris, director of the V&A Museum of Childhood since 2008, is to be the new chief executive of Lakeland Arts.

What's Up In... Manchester & Salford

What's Up In... Manchester & Salford

In a new weekly feature AI looks at what's coming up around the country - starting with what's up in the arts in Manchester and Salford. 

Arts centre opens in Edinburgh observatory

Arts centre opens in Edinburgh observatory

A new contemporary arts centre, Collective, opens tomorrow, November 24, in one of Edinburgh’s most recognisable historic buildings.

All change at top of Oily Cart

All change at top of Oily Cart

Iconic children's theatre company Oily Cart has appointed Ellie Griffiths (right) as its new artistic director and Zoe Lally as its first executive director.

 Fight against climate change helps arts prosper

Fight against climate change helps arts prosper

Arts organisations are leading the way in sustaining the environment, according to a new report or Arts Council England, and benefitting financially as a result.

Silbert switch to Hampstead

Silbert switch to Hampstead

Birmingham Rep’s artistic director Roxana Silbert is moving to London’s Hampstead Theatre next year

Lost young Dickens found – in a trinket box

Lost young Dickens found – in a trinket box

A lost portrait of Charles Dickens at the age of 31 has been found, in a South African trinket box.

SIMON TAIT'S DIARY

Art looking up at ITV   ITV is hoping to catch up with other channels in its arts coverage, a bit of a stop-start mission over the years, with Great Art, its answer to the BBC’s revived Civilisation.

The channel is teaming up with Phil Grabsky’s Seventh Art Productions which has made its niche with high quality documentary full–length films going alongside major art exhibitions, fronted by the Royal Academy’s artistic director Tim Marlowe. The five part series starts on January 4 and peers into the life and work of Canaletto, the Impressionists, Rembrandt, Vermeer and, of course, Michelangelo whose David has been captured here by Seventh Art’s brilliant cinematographer David Bickerstaff.

Upwardly West

It’s been an extraordinary year for the independent ballet school nestling in the Highland forests, Ballet West. As well as feeding companies like the Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Scottish Ballet, it is as of 2017 offering BA Hons dance degrees, had three of the ten semi-finalists in the BBC Best Dancer awards, and has for the third year running had a student winning the Royal Academy of Dance’s highest award, the Solo Seal. This time it was Oscar Ward. In 2018 the company goes on its Scottish tour with its ghost story inspired Giselle ou les Wilis featuring Natasha Watson seen here in the role performing in the eerie Scottish greenwood.

Fat chance

This is to be a star exhibit in the Museum of London in 2018. It is what it looks like, oozing fat – or to be exact part of the fatberg, the monstrous lump of fat found in the Victorian sewers under Whitechapel. It’s the last remaining piece of the 130 ton fatberg as big as 11 Routemaster buses and 250 metres long, the largest ever found in London, and is to feature in the Museum’s year long season City Now City Future about the issues of modern living. The exhibition opens in May.

It’s still all you need…

This is Eliza Griffith, a first year student at Liverpool John Moores University, with her silkscreen print inspired by All You Need Is Love, her “Summer of Love” take on the Beatles’ song that was broadcast live in June 1967 as part of the BBC’s first global live link. You're likely to see a lot more of it. It beat 100 student entries to be included in the Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s art collection It’s Pop It’s Art series of limited editions. “I wanted to capture that hippie, free love feeling that was around at the time this song was released. When I imagine that time, I picture music festivals, everyone dancing and having fun and believing love was the answer to everything” she says. And isn’t it?

V&A warders go fashion cool

If you’re expecting to see V&A staff still sporting their blue serge prison warder uniforms with massive looping key chains jingling at their hips that have become their badges of office, you’ll be disappointed. This is what they’ll be looking like from today. The new uniforms have been developed by the fashion designer Christopher Raeburn - “garments and accessories that can be mixed and matched” it says here – based on a print inspired items from the museum’s collections. They are an exciting development for our team and a reflection of the V&A’s contemporary style, as we look forward to another ambitious year of activity in South Kensington and around the country” says the V&A’s director Tristram Hunt.  But where are the key chains?

 

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