Self-portrait wins first £20k Lock prize

Self-portrait wins first £20k Lock prize

A self-portrait by Frances Bell has won the inaugural William Lock award at the annual Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries, worth £20,000.

TAITMAIL  Lie back and think of empire

TAITMAIL Lie back and think of empire

The government is stepping up the culture wars by blocking the reappointment of Dr Aminul Hoque as a trustee of Royal Museums Greenwich (pictured).

It’s a match – women’s soccer and art

It’s a match – women’s soccer and art

In collaboration with Chelsea FC women footballers, the London artist Kelly Anna has created a special banner for the side’s Women’s Super League match on Sunday against Reading.

Government’s ‘philistine’ 50% cut for arts teaching

Government’s ‘philistine’ 50% cut for arts teaching

Education secretary Gavin Williamson is proposing a 50% higher education cut in arts, humanities and media subjects, to support subjects with better earning potential, described as “horrific” , “catastrophic” and "philistine" by cultural leaders.

Culture wars stepped up with blocked appointment

Culture wars stepped up with blocked appointment

The government appears to be stepping up what has been called the “culture war” over non-approval of appointments to public body boards.

MY STORY    Letting contemporary art breathe

MY STORY Letting contemporary art breathe

A Swiss-born French citizen, Anne de Charmant founded Meadow Arts 20 years ago and has been its curator ever since. It celebrates at the Hay Festival in May with the launch of a book, Meadow Arts: the first 20 years.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM   Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Tripoli Cafe 1960, May 1960, by Marilyn Stafford

New £20k portrait prize launched in bumper year for exhibition

New £20k portrait prize launched in bumper year for exhibition

A new prize for portraiture worth £20,000 is being launched at the annual Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

Clare Wood to head ceramics biennial

Clare Wood to head ceramics biennial

Clare Wood, chief executive of Re-Form Heritage, is to be CEO and artistic director of the British Ceramics Biennial, based in Stoke-on-Trent.

‘What did you do in the lockdown?’ - Museum of the Year 2021 opens

‘What did you do in the lockdown?’ - Museum of the Year 2021 opens

The £160,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year opens for applications today, with the Covid year the theme.

TAITMAIL   Hail the non-elite art lovers of the North

TAITMAIL Hail the non-elite art lovers of the North

By Patrick Kelly, Northern Editor

The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Druham, is, like all museums and galleries in England, unable to open its doors until May 17th. But the fact that you can’t get to see the amazing treasures inside merely gives the visitor a better chance to admire the magnificence of the building itself.

La Bohème leads Covent Garden thank you to NHS

La Bohème leads Covent Garden thank you to NHS

The Royal Opera House is to stage special shows to thank NHS staff.

AI PROFILE   Making the difference

AI PROFILE Making the difference

Tanika Gupta, playwright

MY STORY   The Liberty to reach out for Europe’s young artists

MY STORY The Liberty to reach out for Europe’s young artists

Lorna Fulton is the creative director of ArtReach, the Leicester-based contemporary arts development agency devoted to spreading creative engagement, which this week launches a new Europe-wide website to promote artists under 30, called Liberty EU 

Pubs become summer theatre venues in brewer's deal

Pubs become summer theatre venues in brewer's deal

Pub gardens in London and the South East are to become makeshift open-air theatres a new deal between a brewer and a theatre company.

Nightingale Museum to reopen - partially

Nightingale Museum to reopen - partially

The Florence Nightingale Museum, which it was feared might have been closed permanently because of the Covid-19 lockdown, is to reopen on a limited programme.

Arts funding: Quiet, powerful role of trusts and foundations

Arts funding: Quiet, powerful role of trusts and foundations

Trusts and foundations have been key to the survival of many arts organisations during the pandemic, despite overall modest grant-giving.

£7m pilot fund to boost UK films overseas

£7m pilot fund to boost UK films overseas

The British Film Institute and DCMS have today launched a pilot fund designed to boost international film development and distribution.

Happy Birthday, Mr Shakespeare!

Happy Birthday, Mr Shakespeare!

Shakespeare’s birthday today, April 23rd, is being marked with the launch of a dedicated music video created by the education team of the Birmingham-based choir Ex Cathedra.

WeTransfer sets up foundation to train future creatives

WeTransfer sets up foundation to train future creatives

The file-sharing app WeTransfer has committed €1m to a new arts education foundation, plus 1% of revenue.

Donmar’s new playwright award

Donmar’s new playwright award

The Donmar Warehouse has teamed up with Access Entertainment, owners of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, to create a new award for young playwrights.

Brit Awards go ahead with live audience

Brit Awards go ahead with live audience

This year’s Brit Awards will go ahead next month with a live audience.

Free Word literature centre loses London home

Free Word literature centre loses London home

Free Word, the centre for literature, literacy and free expression, is leaving its London venue next month because the building it has leased since 2009 is being sold.

MY STORY Theatre of the senses

MY STORY Theatre of the senses

Ellie Griffiths is a specialist in sensory theatre, a way of capturing imaginations through lights, sound, textures, vibrations and smells. She is the artistic director and joint-CEO of Oily Cart, having taken over from the trio who founded the children’s theatre company 40 years ago. She has become the first UK artist to be awarded the Assitej International Award for Artistic Excellence, presented by the international network of children’s theatre organisations and shared with the Serbian choreographer Dalija Acin Thelander.