THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

London’s East End, June, 1957, by Frank Pocklington

Alan Sparrow talks to Frank Pocklington about his favourite Picture Post photograph

Sacha Craddock stands down at New Contemporaries

Sacha Craddock stands down at New Contemporaries

Sacha Craddock is stepping down as chair of New Contemporaries, the organisation set up more than 70 years ago to support emerging visual artists with touring exhibitions of their work.

Eilish McGuinness takes over at NHLF

Eilish McGuinness takes over at NHLF

Eilish McGuinness is to take over from Ros Kerslake as CEO of the National Heritage Lottery Fund at the end of the year.

 TAITMAIL   Museums’ plea to the young - ‘come back, we need you’

TAITMAIL Museums’ plea to the young - ‘come back, we need you’

It is the practice to aim museums’ didactic at a 12-year-old schoolchild, not to dumb down but because that is the demographic that is most intellectually receptive and represents the level of attention visitors will have – carefully constructed so as to give the right information without being exhaustive. Generally a 12-year-old is interested, unbiased, questioning and is able to absorb new concepts easily.

Lewisham’s year of diverse culture

Lewisham’s year of diverse culture

Lewisham is to be London’s next Borough of Culture for 2022, focusing on diversity, activism and the climate emergency in a programme that was announced at the Rivoli Ballroom today.

Emmie Kell is ACE's new museums chief

Emmie Kell is ACE's new museums chief

Emmie Kell, CEO of the Cornwall Museums Partnership, is to be Arts Council England’s new director of museums and cultural property.

Merger creates Creative UK

Merger creates Creative UK

The Creative Industries Federation and Creative England have merged today to become Creative UK, bringing together the advocacy work of one body and the investment expertise and practical support of the other.

Kathryn Jacob to chair HOME

Kathryn Jacob to chair HOME

Kathryn Jacob, CEO of the cinema advertising agency Pearl & Dean, is to be the new chair of the Manchester arts centre HOME.

33% of musicians still earning nothing from music

33% of musicians still earning nothing from music

A third of our professional musicians are earning nothing from music and 87% are earning less than £1,000 a month, according to new figures today from the charity Help Musicians.

£1m hunt for young museumgoers as ‘perfect storm’ looms

£1m hunt for young museumgoers as ‘perfect storm’ looms

The Art Fund has launched a £1m fundraising campaign to help museums attract under 24-year-olds.

Another £107m for arts recovery

Another £107m for arts recovery

Almost 1,000 arts organisations are to benefit from a new round of £107m worth of grants from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

£5m for community jubilee parties

£5m for community jubilee parties

A new Arts Council fund is offering £5m to help voluntary and community organisations celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee next year.

Curators share £300k development funding

Curators share £300k development funding

The Art Fund has named the 11 museum professionals that will share the Headley Fellowship’s grants this year worth £302,500 to extend their collections knowledge.

THE WORD   Under-estimating the power of the tweet

THE WORD Under-estimating the power of the tweet

Social media have become essential to arts organisations, says a new report, and often rely on underpaid and under-resourced operators. Alice Kent of the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre asks what can professional networks, industry, funders and policy-makers do to ensure that digital workers are better supported

Birthday royal sculptures for Albert Hall

Birthday royal sculptures for Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall has commissioned sculptures of the Queen, Prince Philip, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert from four young artists to mark its 150th anniversary.

Ten Manchester music creatives offered £1k development packages

Ten Manchester music creatives offered £1k development packages

Manchester International Festival is offering £1,000 each to ten local musicians to help them create new work as part of its MIF Sounds initiative, launched last year at the height of the pandemic.

Florence Nightingale joins Lord Mayor’s parade

Florence Nightingale joins Lord Mayor’s parade

Marking the completion of her 200th birthday celebrations., Florence Nightingale joined the Lord Mayor of London’s Show at the weekend.

Giant print plant plays host to classical experiment

Giant print plant plays host to classical experiment

A printing plant that once one of the largest in Europe has been the venue for a pioneering immersive concert.

Mariam Zulfiqar to lead Artangel

Mariam Zulfiqar to lead Artangel

Mariam Zulfiqar, Forestry England’s contemporary art programme manager since March this year, is to be the new director or of the public art producer Artangel.

Barbican takes action after damning discrimination report

Barbican takes action after damning discrimination report

The Barbican has vowed to take decisive action “to build a culture where staff feel confident, valued and respected” following a damning report by an independent investigation team.

Sadler’s Wells goes street

Sadler’s Wells goes street

A hip hop dance academy offering classes in graffiti, DJ-ing, rap, and beatmaking as well as hip-hop is to be part of Sadler’s Wells East in the former Olympic Park in East London when it opens in two years’ time.

Largest Saxon gold coin hoard found

Largest Saxon gold coin hoard found

The largest find of Anglo-Saxon gold coins so far dating back to 600AD has been found in a Norfolk field, the British Museum announced today.

COP26 – governments failing to link cultural policy in action plans

COP26 – governments failing to link cultural policy in action plans

Artistic communities can contribute significantly to limiting climate change but are being left out of governments’ considerations.

Pooja Ghai to lead Tamasha Theatre

Pooja Ghai to lead Tamasha Theatre

Tamasha Theatre, the touring company that has been championing British Asian talent since 1989, has appointed Pooja Ghai to succeed Fin Kennedy as artistic director.

Arts education: ‘It’s not enough minister’ say arts chiefs

Arts leaders, including the artistic director of English National Ballet and the CEO of the British Fashion Council, have today demanded full creative education for all schoolchildren.

 In response to an article in The Daily Telegraph by schools minister Nick Gibb in which announced new initiatives and wrote that “high-quality arts education should not be the preserve of the elite, but the entitlement of every child”, Tamara Rojo, Caroline Rush, John Kamfpner of the Creative Industries Federation and Sir John Sorrell of The Sorrell Foundation, a leading cultural  charity, have said initiatives announced then were not enough.

Main image, Tamara Rojo, CEO and artistic director, English National Ballet

“Arts education will only be truly accessible if all schools, at all ages, deliver creative subjects” they write in a letter to the same paper published today. “This will not be possible until creative subjects are recognised alongside other core EBacc subjects.”

Many schools have stopped offering creative subjects, they go on to say, and in 2017 entries for GCSEs in creative subjects fell by 47,000 from the previous year. Current entry rates to creative subjects at Key Stage 4 have fallen to the lowest in a decade, and statistics cited by Gibb as showing improvement in the offer do not include entries for design and technology, a vital creative subject that has seen entry rates fall by 42 per cent since 2010.

“This will not help to ensure that every child has access to arts education. It is also damaging to our future economy, as the rise of automation will increasingly require the next generation to be equipped with creative and technical skills” the letter says.

 

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