Dundee could follow up V&A with new concert hall

Dundee could follow up V&A with new concert hall

Plans follow successful launch of new museum

ACE appoints South West chair

ACE appoints South West chair

Helen Birchenough has been appointed as chair of Arts Council England for the South West.

Hull wins National Lottery award

Hull wins National Lottery award

City of Culture voted best arts project

Welsh arts ‘invisible’ overseas

Welsh arts ‘invisible’ overseas

Welsh cultural talent is hiding its light from the rest of the world, according to a report for the British Council.

ACE/HLF firm up museums support

ACE/HLF firm up museums support

Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery have signed a new, reinforced memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve support for museums in England.

Lifting off after novichok

Lifting off after novichok

AI PROFILE    Gareth Machin, artistic director, Wiltshire Creative

Digbeth - 'artistic powerhouse'

Digbeth - 'artistic powerhouse'

Digbeth, Birmingham’s creative quarter, “all the potential to be the UK’s top creative hub”.

 O’Riordan to take over at Lyric Hammersmith

O’Riordan to take over at Lyric Hammersmith

Rachel O’Riordan, artistic director of the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, since 2014, is to be the new chief of the Lyric Hammersmith.

TAITMAIL   Salisbury’s art of recovery

TAITMAIL Salisbury’s art of recovery

Salisbury’s Novichok horror might, perversely, have been a mixed blessing for the city – and for the Arts Council. 

BAC grand hall reopens after fire devastation

BAC grand hall reopens after fire devastation

Battersea Arts Centre today reopens its grand hall following the 2015 fire that all but destroyed it, and also reveals the results of a 12 year development programme for the centre.

Freeman to join Royal Exchange

Freeman to join Royal Exchange

Stephen Freeman is to leave his job as CEO of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, to  be executive director of the Royal Exchange in Manchester.

Labour pledge on creativity in schools

Labour pledge on creativity in schools

Labour is committed to putting creativity back onto the school curriculum, shadow culture secretary Tom Watson said today.

Bush’s Younis takes over at Southbank

Bush’s Younis takes over at Southbank

Madfani Younis has been appointed to the new role of creative director at the Southbank Centre.

McBean and the RSC’s’ golden age

McBean and the RSC’s’ golden age

The photographer Angus McBean, best known now for his portraits of the Beatles, Audrey Hepburn and Vivien Leigh, took some of his finest pictures for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Meet the first ever Pet Poet Laureate

Meet the first ever Pet Poet Laureate

Blue Cross, the pet charity, has appointed Russell Jones as the first ever Pet Poet Laureate.

MY STORY		Trusted with Shakespeare

MY STORY Trusted with Shakespeare

Louisa Davies has been appointed to the new post of head of creative programme for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Stenning leaves Bristol Old Vic

Emma Stenning is stepping down as chief executive of the Bristol Old Vic after nine years at the theatre.

Rescue plan for Farfield Mill

Artists have agreed a rescue plan to save Farfield Mill at Sedbergh in Cumbria.

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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