Southbank may be closed till April 2021

Southbank may be closed till April 2021

With its reserves running dry during the Covid-19 closure, the Southbank Centre may have to close until at least April 2021 and will cease to be a going concern before the end of the year if it doesn’t get emergency rescue funding. 

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE   How artists survive

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE How artists survive

Experts from Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University explore what impact Covid-19 closures have had on the visual arts industry, and its response

Hedge funder Britton heads Tate’s US drive

Hedge funder Britton heads Tate’s US drive

Paul Britton, founder and CEO of Capstone Investment Advisors which oversees funds worth almost £5.8bn, is to chair Tate Americas Foundation Board of Trustees.

TAITMAIL      A humble muse for our time

TAITMAIL A humble muse for our time

This little fellow, all of four inches tall, is a muse. Not one of the official ones, but one that some enterprising local museums in Kent hope will generate sweet music. Actually he’s a Lar, but I’ll come back to him.

Dowden appoints culture tsar to ‘advise’ on recovery

Dowden appoints culture tsar to ‘advise’ on recovery

The government has appointed publisher, philanthropist and entrepreneur Neil Mendoza as Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal to help the sector steer a way through the effects of the pandemic.

‘Theatres facing total collapse’ – Friedman

‘Theatres facing total collapse’ – Friedman

A leading West End producer today challenges the government to prevent 70% of performing arts companies closing permanently by Christmas.

Celeb face masks to support artists & museums

Celeb face masks to support artists & museums

Leading artists David Shrigley, Yinka Shonibare, Linder and Eddie Peake have designed limited edition facemasks to raise funds for artists and museums badly hit by the Covid-19 lockdown.

Helping hand for theatres in peril

Helping hand for theatres in peril

The Theatres Trust is stepping in to help six theatre buildings survive.

Mystery Roman figure to inspire new music

Mystery Roman figure to inspire new music

This tiny and mysterious figure of a Roman household god could be the inspiration for an important piece of new music – for museums.

Call for government to step in and ‘save our cultural landscape’

Call for government to step in and ‘save our cultural landscape’

The chair of Parliament’s culture select committee has written to the culture secretary to demand urgent extra support for cultural institutions facing bankruptcy because of the coronavirus lockdown.

MY STORY  Nicola Moorby, art historian and Turner expert

MY STORY Nicola Moorby, art historian and Turner expert

In February the Bank of England issued the new polymer £20 note, the first banknote to feature a British artist. The chosen artist is J M W Turner with a self-portrait painted in about 1799, and to coincide this week the art historian and Turner authority Nicola Moorby launches a lecture series for The Arts Society Connected with her talk An Artist of Note: Turner and the new £20 note

When art history came to the Palais de Danse

When art history came to the Palais de Danse

St Ives’s Palais de Danse was never a notable building. It started life in the 18th century as a navigation school, and it was only in the 20th century that history came knocking, leading to its Grade II listing today.

Sunderland success with online culture programmes

Sunderland success with online culture programmes

Sunderland Culture has joined forces with the city’s university and local council to deliver a programme of online culture to residents during lockdown.

Northern Ireland employers urged to buy ‘lockdown’ arts

Northern Ireland employers urged to buy ‘lockdown’ arts

Scheme aims to support artists with saleable content.

The Covent Garden look for NHS frontline

The Covent Garden look for NHS frontline

Royal Opera House costume makers are creating scrubs for NHS workers on the Covid-19 frontline.

TaitMail       Class action - literally

TaitMail Class action - literally

It’s hard to find a headline these days that doesn’t feed back into the dreadful impact of the coronavirus and the economic freeze which has followed.

Spitfire takes victory bow

Spitfire takes victory bow

The world’s oldest Spitfire Mark 1 on display at the RAF Museum Cosford is being illuminated in red, white and clue as part of the VE D ay 75th anniversary celebrations.

Leo steps up at Barbican

Leo steps up at Barbican

Leonora Thompson has been appointed interim artistic director at the Barbican, in place of Louise Jeffreys who stood down in April.

England’s VE Day monuments

England’s VE Day monuments

While planned celebrations to mark VE Day tomorrow have had to be put aside because of the coronavirus lockdown, Historic England has launched a longer-term memorial project.

 Salute to nurses’ on Nightingale’s 200th birthday

Salute to nurses’ on Nightingale’s 200th birthday

Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary, which falls on May 12, is to be used to salute health workers around the world.

Hold Still: Kate launches national portrait of Covid-19

Hold Still: Kate launches national portrait of Covid-19

A project, Hold Still, to collect photographs chronicling how Britain is dealing with the coronavirus and lockdown is launched today by  the Duchess of Cambridge and the National Portrait Gallery.

Boundless – prospects for our post-Covid arts

Boundless – prospects for our post-Covid arts

A vastly expanded audience for the arts is the possible silver lining of the Covid-19 lockdown, with a new research and development campaign launched today by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Sculptor Pilkington to head RA Schools

Sculptor Pilkington to head RA Schools

The sculptor Cathie Pilkington has been elected Keeper of the Royal Academy, chosen by the 80 members.

Self-taught artist wins portrait award

Self-taught artist wins portrait award

A Thailand-born self-taught 40-year-old artist, Jiab Prachakul, has won the BP Portrait Award 2020, the National Portrait Gallery announced today.