Written on Friday, 22 October 2021
Bernard Haitink, the former music director of the Royal Opera House, has died at his home in London. He was 92.
In the unlikeliest of settings, the courtyard of a St James’s gentleman’s club, the most keenly argued issue of contemporary art of the last 70 years is being tackled full on: is abstract art really abstract?
Written on Thursday, 21 October 2021
David Collins, Opera North’s director of external affairs since 2016, has been promoted to the new role of executive director, answering to the CEO Richard Mantle.
After almost 25 years at Glyndebourne Sarah Hopwood is to retire next year as managing director.
Written on Wednesday, 20 October 2021
The national arts festival for 2022, seen as a new version of the 1951 Festival of Britain and variously nicknamed Platinum, in recognition of next year being the 70th year of the Queen’s reign, and Brexit in accord with the Prime Minister’s alleged wishes, has an official name: UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.
Written on Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Invitations for applications were opened today for the second Award for Civic Arts Organisations, with £100,000 to the winner and £25,000 each to two runners up.
Carlo Rizzi, artistic director, Opera Rara
Opera Rara, the company that rediscovers, restores, records and performs lost operatic masterpieces, is reviving Ruggero Leoncavallo’s second most popular opera (after Pagliacci), Zingari, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall in December. It will be conducted by Carlo Rizzi, the former music director of Welsh National Opera and Opera Rara’s artistic director since 2019.
Written on Monday, 18 October 2021
The 3,600 year old Nebra Sky Disc, the world’s oldest map of the stars, is to go on display in Britain for the first time next year.
Written on Friday, 15 October 2021
The mayors of London and Newham have declared the Royal Docks a new cultural quarter for the capital that could generate £5bn in investment over the next 20 years, as a new festival, Royal Docks Originals, opens.
Written on Wednesday, 13 October 2021
An exquisite drawing by Tiepolo, one of the masters of Venice’s 18th century golden age, has been found in an attic, covered in bubble-wrap.
Written on Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Horace Walpole described the sculptor Anne Seymour Damer as “a female genius”, yet her work is barely known now, almost 200 years after her death.
Written on Monday, 11 October 2021
A railway company has teamed up with a group of regional theatres to boost their audiences following the Covid emergency.
The tiny Bailffgate Museum & Gallery in Alnwick, Northumberland, is the winner of this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award.
Written on Friday, 08 October 2021
The government has announced the eight cities and conurbations that will vie to be City of Culture 2025, in succession to Coventry this year.
Written on Wednesday, 06 October 2021
In 2019 Waltham Forest was the first of mayor Sadiq Khan’s London Boroughs of Culture. Lorna Lee, assistant director of culture at Waltham Forest Council, shows how the structure built then helped its communities through the pandemic
Chris Rapley, the former director of the Science Museum, has resigned from its advisory board in the escalating row over its sponsorship by Shell.
Written on Tuesday, 05 October 2021
The UK Global Screen Fund is to give £1m to help 18 new productions to get international showings.
In a ground-breaking move for careers in museums and galleries Middlesbrough’s MIMA School of Art and Design is offering the UK’s first combined masters and higher degree apprenticeship (HAD) in curating.
Written on Monday, 04 October 2021
Art Fund today announces the first round of a new £2m grant stream, Reimagine, to enable museums, galleries and historic houses to connect with their communities better.
Written on Saturday, 02 October 2021
Into the Twilight Zone, 6.45pm, 25th September 2018, by Roger Jackson
Alan Sparrow with an image of St Paul’s and the City a sunset
Written on Friday, 01 October 2021
Work has begun on the £13m transformation of the V&A’s Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, East London. It is due to reopen in 2023.
The four nations’ arts councils have collaborated on a new fund to encourage international partnerships on arts projects.
Written on Thursday, 30 September 2021
A new public sculpture by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa that celebrates both internationalism and diversity has been unveiled at the point where the Shard, London’s tallest building, meets London Bridge Station.
Two charities have combined to cdevise a fund that supports arts collaborations for social change.