Written on Thursday, 19 September 2019
Chatham and its military past have been connected by a £2.2m amphitheatre.
Th National Lottery funded project opens up Fort Amherst, built in 1756 and the largest Napoleonic fortress, now restored and overlooking Chatham Historic Dockyard.
The amphitheatre, which will see historical performances, transforms the Spur Battery of the effort, the highest part which had been used for siege warfare training, troop encampments and military punishment.
The first presentation, running from this evening (September 19) until Saturday, has been commissioned from Icon Theatre with The Chatham Witch, exploring the extraordinary history of women in Medway and featuring 150 actors, dancers and singers from the local community.
“The Spur Battery on the heights above Chatham will once again be accessible to visitors as it once was as part of the Garrison Recreation Grounds” said Bill Fowler, chair of the Fort Amherst trustees. “The Spur Battery amphitheatre will be a wonderful new asset for Medway which I hope will be well used. The restoration of the Lower Barrier Ditch and Barrier Road will reconnect the fortifications with the river and reopen a long lost route through the Chatham fortifications - one which was once well used by royalty on visits to the garrison.
“The Trustees at Fort Amherst are extremely grateful for the support of Medway Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund in the delivery of this project.”
Written on Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund since 2010, is to stand down next March.
The Africa Centre has commissioned the young architectural practice Freehaus to help design its future, and tomorrow evening (Sept 18), as part of the London Design Festival, the centre’s director Kenneth Tharp and Freehaus’s Jonathan Hagos will have an open discussion about their collaboration, and the challenge. Simon Tait spoke to them first
Written on Saturday, 14 September 2019
The government is committing £95m into reviving historic high streets in the biggest single cash injection in our built heritage, culture secretary Nicky Morgan announced today.
Written on Friday, 13 September 2019
Bristol’s Arnolfini Gallery, forced to wind down its activities after losing its Arts Council England national portfolio status in July 2017, has relaunched with a new exhibitions programme, new ACE funding and a partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).
Evelyn Pickering could have been the leading Pre-Raphaelite painter, at least up there with her uncle R S Stanhope. In 1887 she married the then uber-fashionable ceramicist William De Morgan, and in the Arts and Crafts milieu they were Posh ‘n’ Becks, Harry and Megan, George and Amal rolled together.
Written on Thursday, 12 September 2019
Works of art by Rubens, Hirst and Peter Lanyon were included in a record year for art and historic artefacts coming into the public domain through the Cultural Gifts (CGS) and Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) Schemes.
The potential of cultural destinations is being missed because of a lack of collaboration between museum and tourism professionals, according to a trends report being published today.
Written on Wednesday, 11 September 2019
AI PROFILE: Sarah Hardy, curator and manager, The De Morgan Foundation
Written on Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Staff at the Museum of London are to follow the example of colleagues at the Science Museum and strike over a below-inflation pay rise.
Written on Tuesday, 03 September 2019
Frieze announced today that its new artistic director is to be Eva Langret, currently head of exhibitions at London's Tiwani Contemporary Gallery.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams closed on Sunday as the most successful V&A exhibition ever, with almost 600,000 visitors.
Written on Monday, 02 September 2019
Green MP Caroline Lucas is to curate her first art exhibition, and it will have a distinctly green tinge.
Written on Friday, 30 August 2019
Arts Council England has invested more than £7m in a new leadership development scheme.
Elizabeth Taylor, London, November 1948, by Chris Ware
Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image
By Patrick Kelly
There’s lots of talk these days about “anchor institutions” - a loaded term, perhaps, and one that might sound like a bit of a drag. But it seems that local economies can’t do without them.
Written on Thursday, 29 August 2019
Staff at the Science Museum and its branches are to strike today (August 30) after the group failed to improve on a pay rise offer.
Written on Wednesday, 28 August 2019
The largest hoard of coins from the reigns of Harold II and William the Conqueror has been found in a Somerset field.
Hannah Jacobs, director of the Tandem Festival in Oxfordshire, on how small festivals are ethical pioneers
Sir Alan Ayckbourn, one of Britain’s most successful and prolific living playwrights, is to lead the celebrations of his 80thbirthday at the theatre he created in Scarborough.
Written on Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Growing numbers of the public believe culture encourages people to move to particular towns, a survey for Arts Council England.
Written on Friday, 23 August 2019
Museums have apparently reached a new high in popularity. Against expectations, museums and art galleries in England saw a rise of 2% in 2018 - with, crucially, revenue also up 2% on the previous year – according to Visit England this week. It may seem modest, but it comes after three years of decline.
Written on Wednesday, 21 August 2019
The British Museum is collaborating with regional museums and galleries on an exhibition of prints and drawings from the BM’s collection.
Written on Tuesday, 20 August 2019
The Victoria & Albert Museum is allowing BBC cameras into its vaults and workshops for a six-part documentary, Secrets of the Museum.