Written on Monday, 24 January 2022
The UK’s first LGBTQ+ museum is to open in London as a tenant of the Art Fund.
Queer Britain’s museum will open on he charity’s ground floor at King’s Cross in the spring, free of charge, taking the space previously occupied by the House of Illustration, which is moving to Clerkenwell and is scheduled to reopen this autumn.
“It’s time the UK had an LGBTQ+ museum, for all” said Joseph Galliano who co-founded Queer Britain in 2018. “And we are delighted to have found our first home in beautiful Granary Square with Art Fund as our first landlord. It’s a prime location accessible to swathes of the country, and in a part of town with a rich Queer heritage.”
The new museum will have four galleries, a workshop, an education space, gift shop and offices for the Queer Britain team.
“We're delighted to welcome Queer Britain as our new tenants” said Art Fund’s director Jenny Waldman. “Their exciting proposal for the first UK museum dedicated to exploring LGBTQ+ histories, people and ideas was warmly supported by our trustees, and we're thrilled that our beautiful building in Granary Square will be home for the first phase of the Queer Britain museum. It promises to be an essential destination”.
Written on Friday, 21 January 2022
A very rare daguerrotype photograph of Charles Dickens wearing a moustache instead of his familiar beard has gone on display for the first time.
The death last week of John Sainsbury will not, we must earnestly hope, mean the end of an era of personal and family philanthropy. But it does feel like it.
Written on Thursday, 20 January 2022
The North of England should get its own arts funding and cultural infrastructure, separate from central agencies like Arts Council England, as part of a major levelling-up process.
The return to Plan A Covid measures from Plan B has been cautiously welcomed in English theatres.
Written on Wednesday, 19 January 2022
Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s founding director Sir Peter Murray is to be succeeded by YSP’s director of programme Clare Lilley when he retires in March.
Written on Monday, 17 January 2022
John Sainsbury – Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover - who has died aged 94 was one of the most discerning of benefactors to the arts and heritage in an age of philanthropy.
AI’s revelation that Stoke-on-Trent City Council intends to make its two. ceramics curators - among 19 museum employees - redundant, reduce opening hours for its two pottery museums and close one of them to the public for five months of the year so that it can be used as a film and TV set met with a storm of protest, including a petition which has so far accumulated more than 20,000 signatures.
Written on Wednesday, 12 January 2022
English National Ballet’s artistic director Tamara Rojo is to leave later this year after ten years leading the company.
The Welsh government is creating a 15.4m emergency fund to support the arts and culture through the Omicron Covid emergency, deputy culture minister Dawn Bowden announced today.
Written on Tuesday, 11 January 2022
AI''s news story about Stoke Council making curators redundant in its two pottery museums which appeared last Friday went viral almost immediately, notching more than 12,000 hits in a couple of hours, 50,000 after three days.
Written on Friday, 07 January 2022
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is making its ceramics curators in two museums redundant in order to turn the venues into film locations.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council has chosen the winners of this year’s Research in Film Awards, five short hard-hitting movies on issues ranging from autism to the climate crisis. Mike Collins is AHRC’s head of public engagement.
Bengi Unsal, the Southbank Centre’s head of music, is to be the next director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, succeeding Stefan Kalmar.
Written on Wednesday, 05 January 2022
Iwona Blazwick is to stand down as director of the Whitechapel Gallery after 20 years, she has announced today. She will leave in April.
Written on Monday, 03 January 2022
…to recipients of new year honours in the arts and heritage.
Written on Thursday, 30 December 2021
Peterborough, October 5th, 1992, John Robertson for The Guardian
Alan Sparrow talks to John Robertson about his favourite news picture
Written on Thursday, 23 December 2021
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has doubled the £30m emergency rescue fund for the arts following criticism from the sector that it was too little too late for many organisations.
Written on Wednesday, 22 December 2021
A musical setting of a Christina Rosetti by a lawyer and mother of two has won the BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition.
The Scottish government is committing £21m in a support package for cultural and events organisations and freelancers hit by cancellations in the latest Covid crisis.
Written on Tuesday, 21 December 2021
Arts organisations hit by the Omicron Covid-19 variant are to get help from a £30m addition to the culture recovery fund (CRF), Chancellor Rishi Sunak said today.
The Welsh government is making £5.25m to get the principality’s cultural organisations through the winter.
Written on Monday, 20 December 2021
A 25-metre-high sculpture has been unveiled in Brighton’s new cultural centre.
Audiences for live events have fallen by 27% since the Omicron Covid variant appeared according to the Music Venue Trust, with also showing gross income for venues down by 27%.