Hazel Edwards to head ACE’s SE corner

Hazel Edwards to head ACE’s SE corner

Hazel Edwards, the former director of Newcastle’s Discovery Museum, is to be the next director of Arts Council England’s south east area.

TAITMAIL   The arts, healing with kindness

TAITMAIL The arts, healing with kindness

That The Guardian should devote its entire leader column on Saturday to the arts was encouraging, but that it should be so positive – under the headline The arts, though dealt a terrible shock, will help Britain recover – was uplifting. 

 BBC to uncover more V&A secrets

BBC to uncover more V&A secrets

The BBC’s Culture in Quarantine initiative is to go back behind the scenes of the Victoria & Albert Museum for a second Secrets of the Museum series.

Art in the shop window

Art in the shop window

Eight closed West London high street shops are being brought to life by artists commissioned the local authority.

£150k civic arts prize shortlist announced

£150k civic arts prize shortlist announced

Ten arts organisations that have made special contributions to their communities during the pandemic have been shortlisted for the first £150,000 Civic Arts Awards, it was announced today.

Rattle to leave LSO

Rattle to leave LSO

Sir Simon Rattle is leaving the London Symphony orchestra to work in Germany, where his home now is.

Compton Verney maintains visitor figures for 2020

Compton Verney maintains visitor figures for 2020

Compton Verney Art Gallery in Warwickshire has maintained its visitor numbers through the 2020 pandemic year by combining actual with virtual visits.

Auntie comes to the dance

Auntie comes to the dance

The BBC and Sadler’s Wells are collaborating on a day-long virtual arts festival for later this month.

Lockdown driving new audiences to music – RPO report

Lockdown driving new audiences to music – RPO report

More people are enjoying orchestral music as it plays a growing part in everyday life, according to a report being published by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra tomorrow (January 6), which will help the orchestra remodel itself for new audiences and venues

Florence Nightingale Museum closed by Covid

Florence Nightingale Museum closed by Covid

The Florence Nightingale Museum, set in St Thomas’s Hospital in London, is to close.

Congratulations…

Congratulations…

The arts in the New Year honours for 2021

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM   Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

The Rainboy, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 14th June 1986, by Ian Spratt

‘It is the artists and cultural organisations themselves who have stepped up’ - ACE chief on 2020

‘It is the artists and cultural organisations themselves who have stepped up’ - ACE chief on 2020

Darren Henley, the CEO of Arts Council England, has praised the cultural sector’s fortitude and resilience in an unprecedented year an raising the spirits of the nation.

Art for tax breaks hits record

Art for tax breaks hits record

Works of art by such artists as Barbara Hepworth, Naum Gabo, Pissarro, William Blake and Manet have been used to settle tax bills worth £40m in 2019/20, a record.

Bow Street police station to be reborn as a museum

Bow Street police station to be reborn as a museum

Bow Street, one of the most famous police stations in the world which closed in 1992, is to reopen in the new year as a museum.

Disabled artists still discriminated against

Disabled artists still discriminated against

Disabled artists rights have gone backwards rather than progressed, an outcome of years of austerity.

MY STORY	Unlimited – where disabled artists can climb over the barriers

MY STORY Unlimited – where disabled artists can climb over the barriers

The Unlimited festival returns in January, celebrating the artistic vision of disabled artists in a major development by the Southbank Centre, presenting 33 events - almost all free – globally for the first time. “The Covid-19 pandemic has hit both the arts and disabled communities hard” said the Southbank Centre’s Senior Producer, Ruth Hardie, “and I am incredibly impressed with and grateful for the artists who’ve been working hard, in the most challenging of situations, to adapt their work so we can present this festival online. JO VERRENT is Unlimited’s senior producer

THE WORD   How we made sure the show goes on

THE WORD How we made sure the show goes on

Since this feature was posted, Tier 4 has been imposed closing the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and the show until further notice. However, the production was filmed and from Wednesday can be seen at https://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/whats-on/snow-queen-digital-performance

Joanna Read, director/chief executive of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford on a year that is ending in triumph – ‘I’m so glad we have taken the (calculated) risk to commit to the show’

Covid squeezing music out of curriculum, Ofsted report confirms

Covid squeezing music out of curriculum, Ofsted report confirms

The Covid pandemic is forcing music teaching out of schools even though it is a legal requirement, a report published by Ofsted today confirms.

Scrooge a guest in Dickens’s home for Christmas…

Scrooge a guest in Dickens’s home for Christmas…

Ebenezer Scrooge is to inhabit the London home of his creator Charles Dickens for a special one-actor performance of A Christmas Carol.

London’s Tier 3 ‘catastrophic’ for theatres

London’s Tier 3 ‘catastrophic’ for theatres

London being put into Tier 3 of Covid restrictions from Wednesday, announced today, will be devastating for the theatre industry, UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre (SoLT) has said.

Arts flagships in £165m loan package

Arts flagships in £165m loan package

Major cultural institutions including the National Theatre, the Southbank Centre, The Royal Opera House, English National Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company are to receive loans worth £165m from the government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund to get them fully operational by April.

Sheffield Theatres’ edgy musical wins South Bank award

Sheffield Theatres’ edgy musical wins South Bank award

Sheffield Theatres have won this year's South Bank Sky award for theatre with their musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge.

Royal Ballet’s Skoog to chair One Dance UK

Royal Ballet’s Skoog to chair One Dance UK

Amanda Skoog, the Royal Ballet’s senior producer, is to chair the board of trustees of One Dance UK, the sector’s support organisation.