Natasha Grande on the pitfalls for divorcing artists and how to avoid them
The Imperial War Museum’s newest permanent exhibition could hardly be more timely with war splitting the Middle East and the world frantic for news of what is happening beyond the bombing and the barriers. On the front line, as ever, are the journalists, photographers and cameraman whose heroism largely goes unrecorded. In World War Two 69 journalists were killed, in the 20-year Vietnam War 63 died. Since October 7, 48 journalists have died in Gaza, three more are missing.
Jim Hutchison , '”Have a heart, Ref”, Manchester United v Nottingham Forest, 18th January 1986, Daily Mail, by Jim Hutchison
When the Heritage Lottery Fund first emerged from the National Lottery bonanza 30 years ago its first chairman, Lord Jacob Rothschild, had lunch with a group of arts journalists who asked him what the new fund would do. “That’s what I was hoping you would be able to tell me” he joked.
Samantha Lindley, creative director of Threshold Studios and the Frequency International Festival of Digital Culture, on creative digital placemaking
Anthony Gormley and Field, 14th November 2002, The Independent, by Andy Paradise
By Alan Sparrow
John Brown Shipyard, Glasgow, 11 March 1935
By Alan Sparrow
A month ago this column asked what on earth was going on at the British Museum, its director having announced his departure next year in an announcement made a few weeks before he was due to reveal the “multigenerational” masterplan he had been hired to develop.
There were multiple commemorations at the BM the other night when Art Fund handed out the Museum of the Year award for 2023 and, for the first time in years, the favourite actually won. It’s the Burrell Collection, having beaten the Natural History Museum, Leighton House in London, the MAC in Belfast and Orkney’s Scapa Flow Museum to the main prize.
A new survey by Acme, the largest provider of affordable artist studios in England, reveals that only 12% of artists can support themselves from their art because of the cost of living crisis, more than 40% and 30% said they may have to quit because of financial pressures. Here, Acme’s co-director Lea Loughlin paints a bleak picture of the cultural desert that could result
When the re-thought Scottish National Portrait Gallery was opened in 2011 after a £17.6m recasting and with three times the gallery space its director, James Holloway, said he wanted the place to be a national collection of portraits no longer, but to be a national portrait of Scotland.
The catwalk is throwing its red carpet out in aid of London’s beleaguered arts organisations, or some of them, at the command of the presiding queen of the rag trade, Anna Wintour.