This weekend culture secretary Oliver Dowden announced the start of the race to be UK City of Culture 2025, in succession to Coventry, and for the first time opened it up to groups of towns as well as cities. The result will be announced next spring. Medway in Kent has launched its bid and Imogen Robertson is the bid director.
Blackpool Grand Theatre has produced a guide to how technology will guide us into the theatre in the near future.
Covid-19 has had a big impact on the visual arts,with cultural institutions forced to close for a long time. With arts organisations re-opening, Amanda Ravetz and RM Sánchez-Camus believe it is the perfect time to re-think how the visual arts industry can improve access and broaden their audiences – to “build back better” - through the SAFEDI Fellowship
As museums and galleries are able to open again from Monday, Professor Christopher Smith, executive chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, reflects on their importance to our post-Covid restoration
Despite having around 200,000 visitors in a normal year, the London Wetlands is one of the capital’s tourism secrets.
Ten years ago Shubbak, London’s biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture, returns with a programme ranging between visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature and debate, running from June 20 to July 17. Its artistic director is Eckhard Thiemann
The government is stepping up the culture wars by blocking the reappointment of Dr Aminul Hoque as a trustee of Royal Museums Greenwich (pictured).
A Swiss-born French citizen, Anne de Charmant founded Meadow Arts 20 years ago and has been its curator ever since. It celebrates at the Hay Festival in May with the launch of a book, Meadow Arts: the first 20 years.
Tripoli Cafe 1960, May 1960, by Marilyn Stafford
By Patrick Kelly, Northern Editor
The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Druham, is, like all museums and galleries in England, unable to open its doors until May 17th. But the fact that you can’t get to see the amazing treasures inside merely gives the visitor a better chance to admire the magnificence of the building itself.
Tanika Gupta, playwright
Lorna Fulton is the creative director of ArtReach, the Leicester-based contemporary arts development agency devoted to spreading creative engagement, which this week launches a new Europe-wide website to promote artists under 30, called Liberty EU