MY STORY     Nurturing the seedlings of song

MY STORY Nurturing the seedlings of song

With no conservatoire between Manchester and Glasgow, Samling was founded on Tyneside 22 years ago by Karon Wright, its artistic and executive director, to support young classical singers and their accompanists at the start of their careers. This week it is entering a new phase.

Cerith Wyn Evans wins Hepworth Sculpture Prize

Cerith Wyn Evans wins Hepworth Sculpture Prize

The sculptor who began his artistic career as an experimental film maker has won the £30,000 Hepworth Prize for Sculpture.

Horse sense

Horse sense

In the new year, a museum centre in Cambridgeshire will be offering a new and unique service no other could: horse therapy.

TAITMAIL       What NOW?

TAITMAIL What NOW?

Halfway through her brief tenure as culture secretary, Maria Miller did the only thing she will probably be remembered for, apart from standing down in the face of an expenses complaint. The expectation was for some kind of Westminster Abbey affair with a full set of royals and military on parade, but Mrs Miller had something else in mind.

Leeds to get new BFI operation

Leeds to get new BFI operation

Young Audiences Fund will set up in the Yorkshire city

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM   Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Harrow, London, 8th October 1952, by George Phillips

Lynette Linton to run Bush

Lynette Linton to run Bush

The director Lynette Linton is to succeed Madani Younis as artistic director the Bush Theatre in January.

THE WORD Rapping it up: Royston responds to Azealia Banks' UK rap comments

THE WORD Rapping it up: Royston responds to Azealia Banks' UK rap comments

An explosive American rapper has turned her fire on her British counterparts. Royston takes her on

Composing the future

Composing the future

The first four participants have been announced today in a new Glyndebourne development scheme for female composers, Balancing the Score, devised to help address the under-representation of female composers in classical music.

Boyle’s Remembrance Day beach homage

Boyle’s Remembrance Day beach homage

Ten’s of thousands took to Britain’s beaches on Rememberance Day to mark the centenary of the signing of the Armistice on Sunday.

Sculpture opens Westminster doors

Sculpture opens Westminster doors

The oldest building in the Palace of Westminster is hosting a contemporary sculpture marking the centenary of female franchise.

TAITMAIL   Governing the not so ungovernable

TAITMAIL Governing the not so ungovernable

Governance, the formulation and implementation of policy, has long been the slippery soap of the cultural sectors, arts and heritage.

Governance flagship launched

Governance flagship launched

The arts are coming together to tackle the long-standing issue of board effectiveness with the creation of the Cultural Governance Alliance (CGA).

Ex-ENO chief heads new music theatre company for London

Ex-ENO chief heads new music theatre company for London

A new West End based musical theatre venture has been launched by John Berry, former artistic director of English National Opera. 

Cath James steps up at SE Dance

Cath James steps up at SE Dance

And new chief executive for Art Asia.

Success in fight to save built heritage

Success in fight to save built heritage

Two-thirds of the buildings on the original Heritage at Risk Register of 1998 have been rescued, says Historic England in its annual update published today.

THE WORD   A Brexit doomsday for UK arts?

THE WORD A Brexit doomsday for UK arts?

Olivia Bridge is a content writer and political correspondent for Immigration Advice Service London, the UK’s leading immigration law firm.

20 years of Discerning sponsorship

20 years of Discerning sponsorship

The unique annual exhibition of small works of art, Discerning Eye, opens for the 27th time on November 15, the 20th to be sponsored by the European bank ING in one of the longest standing arts sponsorships.

Watson demands Brexit safeguards for artists

Labour’s shadow culture secretary and deputy leader, Tom Watson, has demanded that  artists and their free movement across Europe will not be affected by Britain’s departure from the EU.

Speaking at the third anniversary celebration of the Creative Industries Federation, Watson (pictured below) said it was not known under what terms Britain would leave the EU, or whether there would be a deal at all. “But the government needs to reassure us that they will make sure that Brexit doesn’t lead to us being culturally isolated from Europe and the world.

“And we're going to continue to press on Brexit. We want to know what it means to this sector, on the implications on for European artists and performers who’ve made careers here, on British artists and performers working in the EU, on touring productions and exhibitions and much more, and on making sure we can still benefit from European funding bodies like Creative Europe - or else money replaced in full.”

He was sharing the platform with the newly promoted culture secretary Matt Hancock and the business secretary Greg Clark, who sought to give reassurance that “the industrial strategy for this country has the cultural industries at its hub… You could not imagine a set of people or industries that better exemplify what we can do in this country in collaboration without our friends across the world”. He said he believed the government was close to making a good deal with Europe for the creative industries.

Matt Hancock said the creative industries were growing faster than ever, contributing almost £100bn to the UK economy annually. “Across the length and breadth of Britain, the power of culture and creativity is bringing people together like never before” he said.“The creative industries give a massive boost to our economy. Everyone deserves to be able to access them — regardless of your ethnicity, gender, background or taste.”

The event at the Natural History Museum was also the opportunity to launch Circus250, the 250th anniversary of the first circus, including a performance by Natasha Rushbook of the circus company Lost in Translation, pictured here.

 

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