Children’s Tempest visions

Children’s Tempest visions

Primary school children from across Birmingham have been asked to imagine characters from one of Shakespeare’s most difficult plays, The Tempest, for an exhibition opening today.

RCA unveils £155m new STEAM Battersea campus

RCA unveils £155m new STEAM Battersea campus

The Royal College of Art today unveiled the largest development in its 185-year history, a £155m Herzog & de Meuron designed campus south of the Thames by Battersea Bridge.

TAiTMAIL   ROSA’s day

TAiTMAIL ROSA’s day

May 20 was an important birthday that saw the first appearance of beautiful, bouncing ROSA. But she’s a newcomer who has been 15 years in gestation.

Legacy art commissions from IWM’s WWI movie blockbuster

Legacy art commissions from IWM’s WWI movie blockbuster

Income from the Imperial War Museum’s 14-18-NOW film by director Peter Jackson, They Shall Not Grow Old, is to fund art commissions across the country.

Rees-Mogg may scrap Arts Council

Rees-Mogg may scrap Arts Council

Arts Council England and other national cultural organisations face being abolished as Jacob Rees-Mogg turns his attention to arm’s length government funded bodies in his review of government efficiency.

Dacs chief takes over at Whitechapel

Dacs chief takes over at Whitechapel

The new director of the Whitechapel Gallery is to be Gilane Tawadros, the CEO of Dacs, the guardian of artists’ copyright.

Nightingale Museum defies closure fears to reopen

Nightingale Museum defies closure fears to reopen

The Florence Nightingale Museum in St Thomas’s Hospital, London, which more than two years ago closed its doors with fears that it might never be able to open again, reopened yesterday on what would have been Nightingale’s 202nd birthday.

Museum of the Year 2022 shortlist of five

Museum of the Year 2022 shortlist of five

Five museums from Derby, London, Manchester, Oxford and Wrexham nave made it to the shortlist for the £100,000 2022 Art Fund Museum gif the Year award.

£23m for communities' cultural rebuild

£23m for communities' cultural rebuild

Cultural organisations across England will share £22.7m from the Arts Council’s Cultural Investment Programme to help them reset and prepare for development after the Covid lockdowns.

McBrinn leaves Clean Break for Dublin’s Gate

McBrinn leaves Clean Break for Dublin’s Gate

Joint artistic director and CEO Róisín McBrinn is leaving Clean Break Theatre after eight years with the company to become artistic director at the Gate, Dublin.

Ukrainian artist wins Royal Society portrait award

Ukrainian artist wins Royal Society portrait award

Ukrainian-born painter Tania Rivilis has won the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual award.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Parole beer, Wakefield, 2nd May 1953, by Thurston Hopkins for Picture Post

Alan Sparrow on Thurston Hopkins

 TAITMAIL   Munnings, riding back into the light

TAITMAIL Munnings, riding back into the light

We get cynical joy out of taking apart the characters of great artists, and usually we wait until they are dead before we lay open their dark sides: Caravaggio, Turner, Millais, Eric Gill. 

Historic £6m endows musicals professor

Historic £6m endows musicals professor

A £6m donation from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation will fund a new professorship for the Royal Academy of Music.

Swallow to leave Courtauld

Swallow to leave Courtauld

Deborah Swallow, who spearheaded the biggest development in the Courtauld Institute’s history, is to retire as its director after 18 years in the post.

Davidson-Houston to be Glyndebourne’s new MD

Davidson-Houston to be Glyndebourne’s new MD

Richard Davidson-Houston, Glyndebourne’s director of audience development, is to be the opera house’s new managing director.

Doran steps down at RSC

Doran steps down at RSC

Gregory Doran has stood down as artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company with immediate effect after 35 years with the company and ten years at its head.

 TAITMAIL   The Metal in a new city’s culture

TAITMAIL The Metal in a new city’s culture

On March 1 Southend-on-Sea became a city, completing a 20-year campaign by its MP David Amess. Its qualification for city status is obscure: it has no cathedral or university, the customary prerequisites, and mostly getting cityhood does little more than feed local pride.

Actors’ Benevolent Fund under investigation

Actors’ Benevolent Fund under investigation

The Actors’ Benevolent Fund is under investigation by the Charity Commission over concerns about its governance.

British Museum urged to halt new BP deal

British Museum urged to halt new BP deal

The British Museum has been urged by a panel of scientists and climate experts to abandon plans for a renewed sponsorship deal with BP.

Rachel Thomas to be Hayward’s chief curator

Rachel Thomas to be Hayward’s chief curator

Rachel Thomas, head of exhibitions at Irish Museum of Modern Art for 20 years, is to be the chief curator at the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre.

Phillipson, Pollard, Ryan and Sin Wai Kin up for Liverpool’s Turner Prize

Phillipson, Pollard, Ryan and Sin Wai Kin up for Liverpool’s Turner Prize

Four artists have been selected for the Turner Prize shortlist this year: Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard, Veronica Ryan and Sin Wai Kin.

  MY STORY Kyrgizstan culture’s world premiere

MY STORY Kyrgizstan culture’s world premiere

Janet Rady, curator of the Kyrgyz Republic Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale

Covid bringing new audiences to music

Covid bringing new audiences to music

A report for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra shows that Covid lockdowns, while starving orchestras and musicians of much needed income, have driven new audiences to classical music.