Putting culture on the digital map

Putting culture on the digital map

The many cultural highlights of the West Midlands have been picked out on an interactive map of the arts scene, the first of its kind, to help rebuild the cultural infrastructure after the pandemic.

TAITMAIL   The community that wouldn’t let its museum die

TAITMAIL The community that wouldn’t let its museum die

All of this year’s Museum of the Year shortlist for the £100,000 prize are regional museums. “Our five finalists” said Jenny Waldman, Art Fund director and chair of the judges, “are all deeply embedded in their communities... They have each shown extraordinary innovation and resolve”. 

Rescued Pennine museum reopens, double the size

Rescued Pennine museum reopens, double the size

A museum that was rescued by its community reopens this weekend after a £2.2m refurbishment and expansion.

Painting Piccadilly

Painting Piccadilly

The Royal Academy this morning launched one of the largest public art takeovers London has ever seen.

Angharad Jones to lead New Perspectives

Angharad Jones to lead New Perspectives

Angharad Jones is to be the new artistic director of the East Midlands theatre company New Perspectives, after 15 years as joint artistic director of the award-winning Fifth Word, whgich she co-founded.

Regions will provide 2021 Museum of the Year

Regions will provide 2021 Museum of the Year

For the first time no London institution features in the shortlist for the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award, reflecting instead the resilience and innovation of regional museums and galleries during the year of the Covid pandemic.

Culture can drive economy’s recovery, report shows

Culture can drive economy’s recovery, report shows

The creative industries can drive the economy’s post-Covid recovery by contributing £132bn ia year n GVA (gross value added) - £28bn more than in 2020 - and creating 300,000 new jobs by 2025, according to new research details published today.

Cuts to higher education arts funding to go ahead

Cuts to higher education arts funding to go ahead

The government’s Office for Students has confirmed that the funding cuts to creative and performing arts subjects at high education level will go ahead, despite a plea directly to the prime minister by seven trade unions begging him to reverse the decision.

Theatre and unions unite to demand Covid insurance to stave off disaster

Theatre and unions unite to demand Covid insurance to stave off disaster

Theatre sector employers and trade unions have come together to demand an end to government equivocation over insurance against the impact on business of Covid-19.

Film producer Uzma Hasan to chair Bush

Film producer Uzma Hasan to chair Bush

The Bush Theatre has announced that the television and film producer Uzma Hasan is to be its new chair.

Artangel’s Lingwood and Morris to stand down

Artangel’s Lingwood and Morris to stand down

The co-directors of Artangel, the agency that over more than 30 years has changed the perception of public art, are to stand down.

Artists’ trail to save the lion

Artists’ trail to save the lion

Artists and performers are creating a trail of art installations through cities around the world to help save the African lion.

Mendes reveals new support plan for creative workers

Mendes reveals new support plan for creative workers

Oscar winning director Sir Sam Mendes today announced a new two year bursary to give longer term support to the creative workforce.

Amy Belson Lyric’s new executive director

Amy Belson Lyric’s new executive director

The Lyric Hammersmith’s director of communications has been promoted to be its new executive director.

Square Mile looks to art for recovery

Square Mile looks to art for recovery

Commerce and the City of London have gone into partnership to spark the financial centre’s recovery through culture.

Opera pioneer Vick dies aged 67

Opera pioneer Vick dies aged 67

Graham Vick, the pioneering founder of the Birmingham Opera Company who brought new and traditional opera into often unconventional venues to reveal new audiences, has died from Covid complications at the age of 67.

Belgrade’s top duo quit in restructure

Belgrade’s top duo quit in restructure

Joanna Reid and Hamish Glen, Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre, executive director and artistic director, are to step down after 18 years leading the theatre together.

Reopening: ACE warns ‘caution’ on disabled inclusivity

Reopening: ACE warns ‘caution’ on disabled inclusivity

Arts Council England has warned arts organisation to exercise caution as coronavirus restrictions are removed next week, especially in respect of the disabled and the clinically extremely vulnerable.

Stratford Arts to be wound up

Stratford Arts to be wound up

Stratford Arts Trust (SAT) is to be wound up following the loss of its venue, Stratford Circus, last year and now of Arts Council National Portfolio status.

RSC reopens – in the open

RSC reopens – in the open

The Royal Shakespeare Company has reopened after 16 months of closure, in its new open air theatre.

My Story	Acting up in class

My Story Acting up in class

Norwich Theatre – Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich Playhouse and Stage Two - has been awarded £150,000 by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for what is expected to be a ground-breaking project to support young people and their mental health, Wise About Words. It is major undertaking for the theatre and its chief executive Stephen Crocker, and for its partner in the scheme the Wensum Trust.

Putting things in the Box

Putting things in the Box

Sculptor Camille Walala’s new installation Putting Things In Perspective is to be unveiled outside Plymouth’s new museum and art gallery The Box on July 15.

South Bank closures lose the economy £330m

South Bank closures lose the economy £330m

The pandemic closure of five arts institutions on London’s South Bank have cost the UK economy £330m, according to a new report.

Rosie Cooper to head Wysing

Rosie Cooper to head Wysing

Rural Cambridgeshire’s Wysing Arts Centre, the experimental visual art hub, has appointed Rosie Cooper as its new director. She will succeed Donna Lynas, who died earlier this year, in September.