De Waal gives library of exile to Mosul and Warburg

De Waal gives library of exile to Mosul and Warburg

The artist and author Edmund de Waal is to give the 2,000 books in his acclaimed installation library of exile to Mosul University in Iraq to help rebuild its collection after it was almost destroyed in 2015 by Islamic State.

Gallery appoints ‘nurse in residence’ in Covid art switch

Gallery appoints ‘nurse in residence’ in Covid art switch

The Barber Institute has a long record of working with artists in residence in healthcare situations, but to chime with the Covid environment it has given the concept a new twist – by appointing a nurse in residence.

Art for sale in gallery rescue bid

Art for sale in gallery rescue bid

Art Fund is hoping to raise £1m to help museums as they “fight for survival” in the pandemic crisis by selling donated art by the likes of Cornelia Parker, Jeremy Deller and Howard Hodgkin.

TAITMAIL   The day the music died

TAITMAIL The day the music died

Was it February 3, 1959, when the headline mourned the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper in a plane crash? Or was it December 31, 2020?

New rules to protect statues

New rules to protect statues

The government is to introduce tough new planning regulations to prevent statues being removed, to a chorus of criticism from the heritage sector.

Government ‘shamefully failing’ performers over Brexit

Government ‘shamefully failing’ performers over Brexit

Leading musicians from rock, pop and classical genres have accused the government of making Europe a no-go zone for performers following its negotiating failure over cultural exchange options.

Austin to head Sunderland’s Fire Station

Austin to head Sunderland’s Fire Station

Tamsin Austin, head of contemporary music at Sage Gateshead, is to be the first director of Sunderland’s £11m new arts centre, The Fire Station.

Belarus issues death threats to theatre directors

Belarus issues death threats to theatre directors

Two Belarus theatre directors have received death threats via a state-run Belarusian newspaper.

Hazel Edwards to head ACE’s SE corner

Hazel Edwards to head ACE’s SE corner

Hazel Edwards, the former director of Newcastle’s Discovery Museum, is to be the next director of Arts Council England’s south east area.

 BBC to uncover more V&A secrets

BBC to uncover more V&A secrets

The BBC’s Culture in Quarantine initiative is to go back behind the scenes of the Victoria & Albert Museum for a second Secrets of the Museum series.

Art in the shop window

Art in the shop window

Eight closed West London high street shops are being brought to life by artists commissioned the local authority.

£150k civic arts prize shortlist announced

£150k civic arts prize shortlist announced

Ten arts organisations that have made special contributions to their communities during the pandemic have been shortlisted for the first £150,000 Civic Arts Awards, it was announced today.

Rattle to leave LSO

Rattle to leave LSO

Sir Simon Rattle is leaving the London Symphony orchestra to work in Germany, where his home now is.

Compton Verney maintains visitor figures for 2020

Compton Verney maintains visitor figures for 2020

Compton Verney Art Gallery in Warwickshire has maintained its visitor numbers through the 2020 pandemic year by combining actual with virtual visits.

Auntie comes to the dance

Auntie comes to the dance

The BBC and Sadler’s Wells are collaborating on a day-long virtual arts festival for later this month.

Lockdown driving new audiences to music – RPO report

Lockdown driving new audiences to music – RPO report

More people are enjoying orchestral music as it plays a growing part in everyday life, according to a report being published by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra tomorrow (January 6), which will help the orchestra remodel itself for new audiences and venues

Florence Nightingale Museum closed by Covid

Florence Nightingale Museum closed by Covid

The Florence Nightingale Museum, set in St Thomas’s Hospital in London, is to close.

Congratulations…

Congratulations…

The arts in the New Year honours for 2021

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM   Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

The Rainboy, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 14th June 1986, by Ian Spratt

‘It is the artists and cultural organisations themselves who have stepped up’ - ACE chief on 2020

‘It is the artists and cultural organisations themselves who have stepped up’ - ACE chief on 2020

Darren Henley, the CEO of Arts Council England, has praised the cultural sector’s fortitude and resilience in an unprecedented year an raising the spirits of the nation.

Art for tax breaks hits record

Art for tax breaks hits record

Works of art by such artists as Barbara Hepworth, Naum Gabo, Pissarro, William Blake and Manet have been used to settle tax bills worth £40m in 2019/20, a record.

Bow Street police station to be reborn as a museum

Bow Street police station to be reborn as a museum

Bow Street, one of the most famous police stations in the world which closed in 1992, is to reopen in the new year as a museum.

Disabled artists still discriminated against

Disabled artists still discriminated against

Disabled artists rights have gone backwards rather than progressed, an outcome of years of austerity.

MY STORY	Unlimited – where disabled artists can climb over the barriers

MY STORY Unlimited – where disabled artists can climb over the barriers

The Unlimited festival returns in January, celebrating the artistic vision of disabled artists in a major development by the Southbank Centre, presenting 33 events - almost all free – globally for the first time. “The Covid-19 pandemic has hit both the arts and disabled communities hard” said the Southbank Centre’s Senior Producer, Ruth Hardie, “and I am incredibly impressed with and grateful for the artists who’ve been working hard, in the most challenging of situations, to adapt their work so we can present this festival online. JO VERRENT is Unlimited’s senior producer