Written on Friday, 14 December 2018
London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced the capital’s first Creative Enterprise Zones, funded to support artists, small creative enterprises and local people.
The Africa Centre’s transplant from Covent Garden to Southwark has received a major boost with a £1.6m grant from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund, while the Black Cultural Archive has been saved from possible closure by a government grant of £200,000.
It was like a Sunday afternoon at a Southern Gospel Chapel. Massed choirs on the stage jigging around and waving their arms about, the audience responding by standing and clapping their hands above their heads as they hooted their approval, impassioned young conductors urging both choir and audience on to still more frenzy.
Written on Thursday, 13 December 2018
Patrick Kelly on the arts champions on local authorities who have made cultural revolutions happen
Written on Wednesday, 12 December 2018
The new director of Compton Verney Art Gallery in Warwickshire is to be Julie Finch, currently the Cheltenham Trust’s CEO.
Written on Monday, 10 December 2018
Campaigners are calling on Thanet District Council to halt its plans to sell Margate Museum, with more than 100 people have signed a petition to keep the heritage building, once a police station, in public hands.
In the first of a series marking the 250th anniversary of the circus, Dea Birkett– the official Ringmaster of Circus250 – goes to Paris where circus is defying the gilets jaunes
Written on Friday, 07 December 2018
Growth in the creative industries is being stymied by government and policy bodies working by out-dated definitions, according to a report published today by the Cultural Industries Federation (CIF).
Pitzhanger Manor, the dream country home created for himself and his family by Sir John Soane, in his time England’s most celebrated architect, is to reopen in March after major restoration.
Written on Thursday, 06 December 2018
Opera soprano Lesley Garrett’s call for an end to male-only choirs has been rebuffed by the head of one of the leading ensembles in the world, the Bach Choir.
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) chooses Arts Catalyst's Nicola Triscott and new CEO
Last week we reported on the reopening of the V&A’s Cast Courts. Here, Dea Birkett recounts her own especial memory of them
Written on Wednesday, 05 December 2018
The Victorian Burnley Empire has been saved by a friends group, days before it was due to go for auction.
The larger than life archaeologist, explorer and circus strong man known as the Great Belzoni is to adorn Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum.
Charlotte Prodger has won this year’s Turner Prize for visual art with a 32-minute film shot on her smartphone.
Executive director steps down after 17 years
Written on Tuesday, 04 December 2018
David Shrigley has created this limited edition print with proceeds from sales going towards the Build Brighton Dome community appeal.
More than 35m people, half the population, have engaged with the 14-18 NOW commemorations of the First World War, which has now ended after five years.
Written on Monday, 03 December 2018
Alexandra Palace’s theatre and East Court reopened at the weekend after a £27m, three-year restoration project.
AI looks at what's coming up around the country – this week, the arts in Bristol.
Written on Saturday, 01 December 2018
The government has mounted a campaign to save J M W Turner’s painting Walton Bridgesfor the nation by placing an export stop on it.
Written on Tuesday, 27 November 2018
The Cast Courts at the V&A, two of the museum’s original 1850s galleries, have reopened after a seven year programme, restored and refurbished as they were 160 years ago.
Written on Monday, 26 November 2018
The Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement still leaves the arts and cultural industries in doubt about the future.
Rhian Harris, director of the V&A Museum of Childhood since 2008, is to be the new chief executive of Lakeland Arts.