Film highlights plight of Sunday footballers

Film highlights plight of Sunday footballers

The charity Mind has partnered with the global football fan organisation COPA90 to commission a short film to raise awareness of the mental harm the lockdown can do to amateur soccer players.

‘Open space’ painting wins £25k John Moores Prize

‘Open space’ painting wins £25k John Moores Prize

A painting of a group of figures crowding into a leafy place has won the 2020 Sir John Moore’s Paining Prize, and £25,000.

BBC’s spotlight on BAME composers

BBC’s spotlight on BAME composers

BBC Radio 3 has joined forces with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find classical music composers from diverse ethnic backgrounds from history.

TAITMAIL   Going nuts in May

TAITMAIL Going nuts in May

The Covid experience has taught us a lot about the value of art and how it is valued, and many see the government’s apparently new attitude as positive. 

Coventry gets down to street level for culture year

Coventry gets down to street level for culture year

Coventry’s year as City of Culture, running from May 2021 to May 2022, opens two days before lockdown can be eased on its theatres and museums.

Creative industries highlighted in Budget plan for growth

Creative industries highlighted in Budget plan for growth

Provision to help the creative industries out of the Covid recession and into development have been broadly welcomed by the sector., though with reservations about provisions for freelances and planning for the future.

Brighton’s cultural sector conjures recovery plan

Brighton’s cultural sector conjures recovery plan

The creative community of Brighton and Hove has launched a recovery programme to kick start the city’s post-pandemic recovery.

Sunak’s £400m to get theatres and museums open

Sunak’s £400m to get theatres and museums open

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to give an extra £408m to the arts and communities in tomorrow’s Budget to help theatres and museums to reopen when lockdown restrictions begin to lift.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM   Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

St David’s Day, Wrexham, 1st March 1968, by Michael Brennan

MY STORY   Down on the art farm: Deborah Parkes, co-founder, Clayhill Arts

MY STORY Down on the art farm: Deborah Parkes, co-founder, Clayhill Arts

Set in a converted Somerset farm, Clayhill Arts is a training retreat for artists and creative professionals founded by Deborah and Michael Parkes and opening in 2017, and also a model of arts enterprise

V&A curators face 20% job cuts

V&A curators face 20% job cuts

A fifth of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s curatorial staff are facing redundancy with a proposed radical restructuring designed to reduced costs following the pandemic lockdowns, with consultation with staff  beginning next week.

Cod War trawler joins Hull’s £30m maritime history quarter

Cod War trawler joins Hull’s £30m maritime history quarter

Hull’s last surviving “sidewinder” trawler and its picaresque adventures are to become part of Hull’s £30m maritime history quarter, a legacy of its year as City of Culture in 2017 and due to open in 2023. 

Poet Lightbown to chair Candoco

Poet Lightbown to chair Candoco

The poet Stephen Lightbown is to chair the dance company Candoco, with the disabled dancer and choreographer Dan Daw joining as the company’s first associate artistic director.

MY STORY Art Is Essential - the drawing on the wall

MY STORY Art Is Essential - the drawing on the wall

Paula Orrell, a curator, is the director of the Contemporary Visual Art Network (CVAN) and has just launched Art Is Essential, #ArtIsEssential, a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of visual art 

Theatres and museums to reopen in May

Theatres and museums to reopen in May

The Prime Minister has announced that theatres, museums, cinemas and live events will be allowed to open from May 17, with some restrictions.

Museums suffer worst from ACE freeze

Museums suffer worst from ACE freeze

Museums in England have suffered an 88% reduction in Arts Council project funding because of the pandemic, according to a survey by an art market consultancy.

‘Extend business rate holiday for theatres, museums’ - Labour

‘Extend business rate holiday for theatres, museums’ - Labour

Labour is calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to extend business rate relief, due to expire on March 31, on thousands of theatres, museums, galleries and cinemas facing permanent closure because of lockdown.

Last rescue grants go to heritage and cinemas

Last rescue grants go to heritage and cinemas

Heritage sites and independent cinemas are to be the final recipients of the first round of grants from the government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.

Creatives taking biggest financial pandemic hit

Creatives taking biggest financial pandemic hit

Creatives are being hit by “crippling inequalities across the country” that are not being addressed by the government, the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) says today.

‘Rattle Hall’ music centre plans abandoned

‘Rattle Hall’ music centre plans abandoned

The City of London has today pulled the plug on ambitious plans for a £300m pound centre for music, inspired by Sir Simon Rattle’s demand for an international-standard concert hall for London.

 Opoku-Addaie takes on Dance Umbrella

Opoku-Addaie takes on Dance Umbrella

The performer/choreographer Freddie Opoku-Addaie is to be the next CEO/artistic director of Dance Umbrella, succeeding Emma Gladstone and becoming  only the fourth head of the festival since its foundation 43 years ago.

Josette Bushell-Mingo to head Central School

Josette Bushell-Mingo to head Central School

The actor, director and teacher Josette Bushell-Mingo is to be the next principal of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, succeeding Gavin Henderson who stood down last year.

Suffolk gallery lets  art lovers get up close with artists

Suffolk gallery lets art lovers get up close with artists

The Cut Arts Centre at Halesworth in Suffolk has launched a programme that will make access to the gallery and its growing archive more intimate.

Dowden summons heritage leaders

Dowden summons heritage leaders

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has called leaders of Heritage bodies to a meeting next week to discuss how they represent British history.