The Great Exhibition of the North is underway. But will it fulfil the hopes of its creators? Patrick Kelly has a look.
AI PROFILE: Louise Mitchell, chief executive, Bristol Music Trust
After a long career as an actor and producer, Anwen Hurt, widow of the actor Sir John Hurt who died last year, is taking on a new challenge, as artistic director of the Holt Arts Festival in Norfolk http://www.holtfestival.org
Wrexham’s story goes back into prehistory. It was at the centre of Wales’s medieval independence wars, transformed by the industrial revolution, and by the mid 19thcentury a prosperous market town. Then it lost its heart.
Arezzo, Italy, June 2014, by Roger Taylor
AI PROFILE: Monica Ferguson, chief executive and artistic director of The Stables, Milton Keynes
Outdoor arts have become the sector for bringing together professional performance and community participation, and it’s growing, according to Xtrax and its Platform 4: UK project.
Yes? Hell no! … depends, says Kat Tiidenberg
On July 18, Opera Rara and the Royal Opera House will present the first ever performance of an opera by the great Italian composer, 179 years after it was written. Simon Tait reports
It used to be a dirty word, philanthropy, because of its association with privilege. Now, thanks to some democratisation as “individual giving”, it might be what cleans up the mirky funding pond.
Next week entries will start to arrive for the Achates Philanthropy Prize, a contest for a modest £5,000 whose cash award is the least important part of it. Yet it could be part of the fundamental change so badly needed for arts funding.