Art Fund Prize: 'Bedlam' shortlisted for £100,000

 

The Museum of the Mind at Bethlem Royal Hospital, West Wickham – which gave the English language the word ‘bedlam’ - is one of four short-listed for the £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year Award.

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Arts jobs up, says ONS

The number of jobs in the arts has increased by 4% in the past year, according to the Office of National Statistics.

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James Runcie for BBC arts post

James Runcie, son of the former Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie, has been appointed to one of the top BBC arts posts.

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Charterhouse to reveal secrets after 660 years

The Charterhouse, originally a 14th century monastery built on a Black Death plague pit in Clerkenwell, London, and later the house where Elizabeth I called her first Privy Council meeting and James I stayed before his coronation, is to be opened to the public for the first time in its history.

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Whittingdale under fire over NPG intervention

Culture secretary John Whittingdale is under fire over his intervention in the appointment of trustees to the National Portrait Gallery.

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Turner for £20 note

J M W Turner’s Self Portrait of 1799 from the Tate is to feature on the new £20 banknote. The National Gallery’s Fighting Temeraire will also be used on the new note.

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NPG acquires unseen Freud

A recently discovered self-portrait by Lucian Freud, who died in 2011, has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, in lieu of tax.

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Oligarch’s gift brings V&A opening near

The Victoria & Albert Museum’s £49.5m Exhibition Road development has ben brought closer to opening by a major gift from the Blavatnik Family Foundation, created by the Russian oligarch Leonard Blavatnik reputed to be Britain’s richest man, that will see the new entrance hall and building given their name.

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Arts Theatre loses fight

The Arts Theatre in Lolndon’s West End which has been offering fringe drama on its 320-seat stage since 1927 has lost the battle to survive. 

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BAC plans post-blaze future

Barely a year after fire gutted the Battersea Arts Centre, artistic director David Jubb today announced plans for expanding the arts centre’s activities, including a new courtyard theatre and a commissioning programme.

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