TAITMAIL   Migrants’ gifts

TAITMAIL Migrants’ gifts

The distinction between a refugee and an asylum seeker is a fine one. It seems to depend on the degree of despair, how the individuals referred to are regarded by those to whom they are appealing, and whether they are seeking merely shelter or more direct succour (a distinction that comes down to how much they are expected to be a burden on the taxpayer). 

National Gallery goes national for NG200

National Gallery goes national for NG200

The National Gallery is to mark its bicentenary - by going national in a £95m celebration of its foundation in 1824, which includes a major refurbishment.

Little Amal returns to celebrate Refugee Week

Little Amal returns to celebrate Refugee Week

The national seven-day arts festival celebrating contributions made to this country by refugees is launched today.

SOLT/UK Theatre get job share CEOs

SOLT/UK Theatre get job share CEOs

The co-executive directors of the British Chambers of Commerce are to continue their job sharing as join-CEOs of the Society of London Theatre and Theatre UK.

Art Fund steps up museum funding

Art Fund steps up museum funding

Art Fund is making £2m available to museums in new funding schemes this summer.

MY STORY   The drink that StARTs art

MY STORY The drink that StARTs art

A new art prize is to feature in this autumn’s StART London Art Fair, the exhibition devoted to emerging talent at the Saatchi Gallery. The prize is sponsored by Martin Miller’s Gin and here the brand’s global head of marketing, Robert Eastham, explains how the partnership came together

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE   Museums: Beyond the gift shop window

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE Museums: Beyond the gift shop window

At Museums Connections 2022 The Revels Office consultancy led an exploration of how museums can combine innovation, experience and retail strategy to create new commercial programmes. The Revel Office’s project co-ordinator, Jeani Tamakloe, sifts the inputs

Platinum medals

Platinum medals

Honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Celestial Fracture, 23rd February 2021, by Leonard Di Maggio, Annie Maunder Prize winner

Alan Sparrow on a prize-winning photograph of space

FESTIVALS     To BE, Birmingham’s celebration of all the arts

FESTIVALS To BE, Birmingham’s celebration of all the arts

BE FESTIVAL, shortened from Birmingham European Festival, emerged in 2010 from the spirit of exchange in Birmingham’s arts scene. It happens each June, opening this time today, Friday, to push the boundaries of theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, visual and performing arts, looking behind the scenes. Its founders and co-directors are Miguel Oyarzun and Isla Aguilar, and this year’s will be their last BE FESTIVAL. Here they look back at their Birmingham story

It’s Bradford 2025!

It’s Bradford 2025!

Bradford is to be the UK City of Culture for 2025, beating shortlisted County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham County Borough to the title and succeeding the holder, Coventry.

Pemberton steps down at ABO

Pemberton steps down at ABO

Mark Pemberton, chief executive of the Association of British Orchestras for the last 15 years, is to step down in the autumn.

THE WORD		Keeping the music playing

THE WORD Keeping the music playing

As he steps down after eight years as chairman of the Help Musicians charity, Graham Sheffield reflects on the changes that have challenged musicians and their growing needs

Medina to head Bristol Old Vic

Medina to head Bristol Old Vic

The American-born theatre director Nancy Medina is to be the next artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic, succeeding Tom Morris who is standing down after 12 years.

Stoke ‘acted unethically’ over museum cuts

Stoke ‘acted unethically’ over museum cuts

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been accused to acting unethically and causing “severe stress” with plans to cut staff and opening hours at the Gladstone Pottery Museum, familiar as the venue for Channel 4’s reality programme Great Pottery Throw Down.

Mayor plans help for freelancers

Mayor plans help for freelancers

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Creative UK are collaborating to ease the freelance crisis caused by pandemic.

Commonwealth glass sculptures for the Tower’s jubilee

Commonwealth glass sculptures for the Tower’s jubilee

Glass artist Max Jacquard has made 13 giant sculptures for the Tower of London’s celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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.