£95m boost for historic high streets

£95m boost for historic high streets

The government is committing £95m into reviving historic high streets in the biggest single cash injection in our built heritage, culture secretary Nicky Morgan announced today.

Bristol’s Arnolfini reborn

Bristol’s Arnolfini reborn

Bristol’s Arnolfini Gallery, closed soon after losing its Arts Council England national portfolio status in July 2017, has relaunched with a new exhibitions programme, new ACE funding and a partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

TAITMAIL   Saving the De Morgans

TAITMAIL Saving the De Morgans

Evelyn Pickering could have been the leading Pre-Raphaelite painter, at least up there with her uncle R S Stanhope. In 1887 she married the then uber-fashionable ceramicist William De Morgan, and in the Arts and Crafts milieu they were Posh ‘n’ Becks, Harry and Megan, George and Amal rolled together.

Nation gets art worth record £60m in tax breaks

Nation gets art worth record £60m in tax breaks

Works of art by Rubens, Hirst and Peter Lanyon were included in a record year for art and historic artefacts coming into the public domain through the Cultural Gifts (CGS) and Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) Schemes.

Cultural collaboration could transform economies

Cultural collaboration could transform economies

The potential of cultural destinations is being missed because of a lack of collaboration between museum and tourism professionals, according to a trends report being published today.

Fighting to save the ‘rarest spirits’ of the De Morgans

Fighting to save the ‘rarest spirits’ of the De Morgans

AI PROFILE: Sarah Hardy, curator and manager, The De Morgan Foundation

Museum of London staff to strike

Museum of London staff to strike

Staff at the Museum of London are to follow the example of colleagues at the Science Museum and strike over a below-inflation pay rise.

Eva Langret to head up Frieze

Eva Langret to head up Frieze

Frieze announced today that its new artistic director is to be Eva Langret, currently head of exhibitions at London's Tiwani Contemporary Gallery.

Dior breaks V&A records

Dior breaks V&A records

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams closed on Sunday as the most successful V&A exhibition ever, with almost 600,000 visitors.

Green Caroline’s green art

Green Caroline’s green art

Green MP Caroline Lucas is to curate her first art exhibition, and it will have a distinctly green tinge.

£7.1m boost for diversity arts leadership

£7.1m boost for diversity arts leadership

Arts Council England has invested more than £7m in a new leadership development scheme.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Elizabeth Taylor, London, November 1948, by Chris Ware

Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

TALK OF THE TOWN HALL   Preston’s pressing problem

TALK OF THE TOWN HALL Preston’s pressing problem

By Patrick Kelly

There’s lots of talk these days about “anchor institutions” - a loaded term, perhaps, and one that might sound like a bit of a drag. But it seems that local economies can’t do without them.

Science Museum staff strike

Science Museum staff strike

Staff at the Science Museum and its branches are to strike today (August 30) after the group failed to improve on a pay rise offer.

Largest post-Conquest coin hoard found

Largest post-Conquest coin hoard found

The largest hoard of coins from the reigns of Harold II and William the Conqueror has been found in a Somerset field.

THE WORD  Festivaland, where small is greener

THE WORD Festivaland, where small is greener

Hannah Jacobs, director of the Tandem Festival in Oxfordshire, on how small festivals are ethical pioneers

Ayckbourn at 80

Ayckbourn at 80

Sir Alan Ayckbourn, one of Britain’s most successful and prolific living playwrights, is to lead the celebrations of his 80thbirthday at the theatre he created in Scarborough.

Arts key to towns’ futures - ACE report

Arts key to towns’ futures - ACE report

Growing numbers of the public believe culture encourages people to move to particular towns, a survey for Arts Council England.

TAITMAIL    So what is a museum?

TAITMAIL So what is a museum?

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. 

British Museum partners regionals on new exhibition plan

British Museum partners regionals on new exhibition plan

The British Museum is collaborating with regional museums and galleries on an exhibition of prints and drawings from the BM’s collection.

V&A to get ‘fly on wall’ treatment

V&A to get ‘fly on wall’ treatment

The Victoria & Albert Museum is allowing BBC cameras into its vaults and workshops for a six-part documentary, Secrets of the Museum.

Achates ambassadors scheme to build new funding structure

Achates ambassadors scheme to build new funding structure

Achates Philanthropy, set up to help arts organisations raise funds from private sources, has launched a bursary scheme to train fundraisers.

ACE plans £2.25m Fringe performance showcase

ACE plans £2.25m Fringe performance showcase

A new £2.25m Edinburgh Fringe performing arts showcase has been announced today by Arts Council England, focussing on theatre, dance and circus.

Shakespeare’s small Shoreditch world

Shakespeare’s small Shoreditch world

Shakespeare’s London during his early creative life in the capital since arriving in about 1592 was confined to a few square meters of Shoreditch.

Scots back Burns tourism study

The Scottish government is backing a study into the economic impact of the poet Robert Burns.

A team at the University of Glasgow is looking at the potential of the Burns name to boost jobs in hotels, restaurants and tourism.Researchers will also examine how the worldwide appeal of Burns is already supporting Scottish business and jobs.

The research project will run until the summer of 2019, with an interim report ahead of the Burns season in January.

Professor Malcolm Pittock, of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies, said, "We need to understand the relationship between our culture and our economy more fully in order to maximise our already world-leading position."

Prof Pittock, pro-vice principal at the university, added: "With up to nine million people now attending Burns Suppers every year across the world and the recent decision by Norwegian Airlines to put his name on the tail fin of one of their planes, the global importance of Burns is established.

"What is important is to know now is the value he brings to the Scotland, and how he can be used to further enhance our economy.

 

 

 

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