Written on Friday, 13 December 2019
Annie Lydford has been announced as the new managing director of Nevill Holt Opera, replacing Rosenna East.
Any new immigration rules introduced by the new Conservative government must take into account the value of foreign talent to the burgeoning creative industries, worth more than £100bn a year to the UK economy.
The Royal Academy has elected its first ever woman president. She is the 64-year-old painter and printmaker Rebecca Salter. Does it matter?
Written on Thursday, 12 December 2019
The residents of Hertfordshire have chosen a toilet roll, made in Letchworth in 1936, has been chosen by Hertfordshire residents as their museum object of the year.
Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries is looking for placements that prioritise socio-economic diversity and inclusion.
Written on Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Today’s the day, and one wonders what Nicky Hirst will make of it all. Why Nicky Hirst – because she is the official artist for the UK general election, writes Patrick Kelly.
The printer and painter Rebecca Salter, 64, had been Keeper of the RA, effectively the president’s deputy and principal of the RA Schools, since being elected in 2017. She has been an RA since 2014.
Written on Friday, 06 December 2019
Marine Tanguy, a young French-born entrepreneur who dropped out of university twice, is quietly and energetically switching the balance of the market in favour of artists.
Written on Monday, 02 December 2019
Christopher Le Brun, president of the Royal Academy
Written on Friday, 29 November 2019
Big Foot, Small Chick, Sherwood Zoo, April 4, 1974, by Ian Tyas
Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image
Each year Tate Britain on London’s Millbank invites an artist to create its Christmas tree. This year, Anne Hardy has decorated the museum’s whole facade.
We were wondering, weren’t we, what the next 14-18 NOW might be, the next national celebration of an historical event that could have a variety of interpretations to clarify a significant moment in our collective past but at the same time have an international resonance. Is it Mayflower 400?
Written on Thursday, 28 November 2019
A new organisation has been created to forge collaboration between the movie industry and social research.
The 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing for America with 102 passengers is the springboard for Plymouth’s resurgence. But the city’s inclusion in the story is an accident.
Written on Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Maitreyi Maheshwari is the new head of programme at FACT Liverpool.
Written on Monday, 25 November 2019
Alan Sparrow on the trials of election photojournalism
Labour has promised a “cultural renaissance” with a £1bn new charter for the arts.
Written on Wednesday, 20 November 2019
A retired estate agent who helped a music academy find a new home – and then gave the organisation £37,500 to help them buy it – has won the individual Achates Philanthropy Prize.
Written on Monday, 18 November 2019
The Wallace Collection is to lend from its international standard collection for the first time in its 119-year history.
Written on Friday, 15 November 2019
Local and regional museums will be able to borrow treasures from the national collections thanks to a three year grant scheme with £810,000 by the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Art Fund.
By Patrick Kelly
It may surprise you to know that the TaxPayers’ Alliance, that secretive lobby group that promotes low taxes and free market fetishism, has long had a fixation about art, particularly that art owned by the public.
Written on Thursday, 14 November 2019
Five composers and five visual artists have won £60,000 reach in the 25th awarding of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Awards for Artists scheme.
Written on Wednesday, 13 November 2019
This is a self-portrait of the surrealist artist Patrick Hughes. It looks like a conventional convex life mask, but it isn’t: it’s concave, a paradigm of Hughes’s “reverspective” world.
What Kings Place’s 2020 season Nature Unwrapped – Sounds of Life is emphatically not about is climate change. It is so much more.