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.

The art – and design - of supermarket shopping

The art – and design - of supermarket shopping

The Design Museum has turned its shop into a collaborative work of art, created by a roster of young artists.

THE WORD	 Why we must revive the joy of shopping in museums

THE WORD Why we must revive the joy of shopping in museums

Rishi Sunak has handed visitor attractions a multimillion-pound lifeline, but Callum Lumsden, director of Lumsden Design - behind the retail spaces at MoMA in New York, Harry Potter in London, Abbey Road Studios, Vienna’s Winter Palace, the V&A and Tate Modern – says there’s a bigger job to be done here. We need to rethink visitor attractions, and recognise their role in reconnecting museums, galleries and venues with local communities 

Yoko’s Earth Day message of love

Yoko’s Earth Day message of love

Yoko Ono’s public artwork I Love You Earth is to be beamed onto billboards across the country on Thursday to mark Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. See it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcjtJtheV0w

Online art hits record high

Online art hits record high

Buying art online has hit a new high, with a year-on-year increase of 145% for this year’s first quarter.

Science Museum reopens with 2033 net zero target

Science Museum reopens with 2033 net zero target

The Science Museum is to reopen on May 19 with a target to achieve a net zero carbon footprint by 2033 – 17 years sooner than the government’s target.

Wigmore Hall to reopen for 120th anniversary

Wigmore Hall to reopen for 120th anniversary

The Wigmore Hall in London will reopen on May 17 with a 25-concert festival marking its 120th birthday, running until May 31.

Oxford Street’s post-lockdown 33m bulb light touch

Oxford Street’s post-lockdown 33m bulb light touch

The artist Anthony James has marked non-essential shops reopening with a lightshow illuminated “the nation’s high street”, Oxford Street in London's West End.

THE WORD      NFTs - can they take the keys from the art market’s gatekeepers?

THE WORD NFTs - can they take the keys from the art market’s gatekeepers?

Anya Zakharova, managing director of Stellar International Art Foundation, believes non-fungible tokens - NFTs – can break the exclusivity of the art industry

Open orchestra launches campaign for support

Open orchestra launches campaign for support

Orchestras for All, the organisation set up ten years ago to give access to music-making to young people aged 11 to 19, has launched a five year strategy with a video t www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvgO_GtTAxQ to raise funds and inspire more young musicians.

MY STORY    Producers: changing the world one show at a time

MY STORY Producers: changing the world one show at a time

Chris Grady is a facilitator and trainer who has done most jobs in theatre over a 40 year career except act and direct. He and his CGO Institute have established a unique Diploma for Creative Producing, with the first cohort graduating in February at the end of a 16-week course and the second starting on April 12, the third in November.

AI PROFILE   Jerwood, downsizing to keep giving big

AI PROFILE Jerwood, downsizing to keep giving big

ALAN GRIEVE has run the Jerwood Foundation as an arts and education charity for 30 years, and given away more than £100m. Now, at 93, he contemplates the future for the arts and the Jerwood

Vinken to leave Theatre Royal Plymouth

Vinken to leave Theatre Royal Plymouth

Adrian Vinken, chief executive of the Theatre Royal Plymouth (TRP) for more than 30 years, is standing down.

£23m investment fund’s plea for applicants

£23m investment fund’s plea for applicants

Nesta, the innovation agency, is calling for more applicants for loans from its £23m social investment fund, as it announces its first five recipients.

V&A restructure u-turn

V&A restructure u-turn

Plans to recast the curatorial make-up of the V&A are being altered following criticism of the scheme that it would mean a lessening of the museum’s expertise.

Great and small benefit from new £400m rescue handout

Great and small benefit from new £400m rescue handout

Arts and heritage organisations ranging from Glastonbury Festival to a cinema in a medieval barn are among more than 2,700 cultural organisations to receive grants worth £300m and loans from the latest £400m disbursement from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Free studio space to help freelances get back to work

Free studio space to help freelances get back to work

Free short-term studio space for freelance creative workers is being made available in south London in a new initiative called Seeding Space.

Top museums lose 78% of visitors to Covid

Top museums lose 78% of visitors to Covid

England’s four biggest museums have suffered an average 78% drop in visitor numbers because of the coronavirus pandemic.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM   Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Leaping lady, 17th April 1954, by George Douglas

Pappano to succeed Rattle at LSO

Pappano to succeed Rattle at LSO

Sir Anthony Pappano is to succeed Sir Simon Rattle at the London Symphony Orchestra after almost 20 years as music director at the Royal Opera House.