83-year-old toilet roll is best museum object

83-year-old toilet roll is best museum object

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.

£1.5m Weston Jerwood focuses on inclusion

£1.5m Weston Jerwood focuses on inclusion

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries, worth £1.5m this year, is looking for placements that prioritise socio-economic diversity and inclusion.

THE WORD   Manifesto dreams

THE WORD Manifesto dreams

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.

RA elects first female president

RA elects first female president

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.

The face of Chloé who is shifting the art story

The face of Chloé who is shifting the art story

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.

AI PROFILE  Painter of the RA’s renaissance

AI PROFILE Painter of the RA’s renaissance

Christopher Le Brun, president of the Royal Academy

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM   Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Big Foot, Small Chick, Sherwood Zoo, April 4, 1974, by Ian Tyas

Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

Tate Britain becomes its own Christmas tree

Tate Britain becomes its own Christmas tree

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.

TAITMAIL   The Mayflower legacy and the Wampanoag

TAITMAIL The Mayflower legacy and the Wampanoag

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?

Agency created to make fantasy real

Agency created to make fantasy real

A new organisation has been created to forge collaboration between the movie industry and social research.

The debt of the Mayflower, 400 years on

The debt of the Mayflower, 400 years on

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.

Maitreyi to head FACT programmes

Maitreyi to head FACT programmes

Maitreyi Maheshwari is the new head of programme at FACT Liverpool.

 Click goes the election starting gun

Click goes the election starting gun

Alan Sparrow on the trials of election photojournalism

Labour’s £1bn arts pledge

Labour’s £1bn arts pledge

Labour has promised a “cultural renaissance” with a £1bn new charter for the arts.

‘Philanthropy is not just money’ – Hannah Rothschild

‘Philanthropy is not just money’ – Hannah Rothschild

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.

Titian is Wallace’s first loan in 119-year history

Titian is Wallace’s first loan in 119-year history

The Wallace Collection is to lend from its international standard collection for the first time in its 119-year history.

£800k for national loans to local museums

£800k for national loans to local museums

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.

TAITMAIL    Council cash crisis? Flog the art

TAITMAIL Council cash crisis? Flog the art

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.

Visual artists and composers share £600k Hamlyn cash

Visual artists and composers share £600k Hamlyn cash

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.

REVIEW   Reverspective: the inside-out-world of Patrick Hughes

REVIEW Reverspective: the inside-out-world of Patrick Hughes

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.

AI PROFILE    Helen Wallace and the nature of music

AI PROFILE Helen Wallace and the nature of music

What Kings Place’s 2020 season Nature UnwrappedSounds of Life is emphatically not about is climate change. It is so much more.

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE The twittering of governance

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE The twittering of governance

A year ago the Cultural Governance Alliance (CGA) was set up by the Clore Leadership Programme, with partners such as UK Theatre, Cause 4 and Association of Independent Museums, writes Simon Tait.

Scottish Portrait Gallery sacks BP

Scottish Portrait Gallery sacks BP

The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS), particularly the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG), is ending the relationship with BP, it was announced today.

Casely-Hayford to run V&A East

Casely-Hayford to run V&A East

The cultural historian Gus Casely-Hayford is to be the first director of V&A East when it opens in the Queen Elizabeth Olympics Park, Stratford East, in 2023.