TAITMAIL   We have to grow up about race to keep the soft power pedal down

TAITMAIL We have to grow up about race to keep the soft power pedal down

Sonia Boyce has been chosen to represent Britain at next year’s Venice Biennale. Boyce is 58 and a lauded member of the art establishment: an OBE, a Royal Academician, a UAL professor. She’s been chosen, not a moment too soon, for her innovative art-making that uses performance, drawing and photography which has been stunning us for 25 years.

 Barbican and Guildhall, making music together

Barbican and Guildhall, making music together

Milton Court is a rare venue combining performance, concert-going and teaching. Simon Tait finds a unique artistic partnership there between an arts centre and its conservatoire neighbour

Diversity failings will mean funding cuts for ACE clients

Diversity failings will mean funding cuts for ACE clients

Arts Council England clients who fail to meet diversity targets could lose funding, its chairman Sir Nicholas Serota (pictured) warns today.

14-18 NOW’s Waldman to head Art Fund

14-18 NOW’s Waldman to head Art Fund

Jenny Waldman, director of the successful 14-18 NOW arts programme commemorating the First World, is to be the next director of Art Fund, the membership charity that supports museums and galleries and helps them to buy and display works of art.

Oliver Dowden is new culture secretary

Oliver Dowden is new culture secretary

Former Minister for the Cabinet Office Oliver Dowden has replaced Baroness Nicky Morgan as culture secretary in Boris Johnson’s reshuffle.

Sonia Boyce to represent GB at Venice Biennale

Sonia Boyce to represent GB at Venice Biennale

The Afro-Caribbean artist Sonia Boyce has been chosen by the British Council to be Britain’s representative at next year’s Venice Biennale.

Lewisham, Croydon, are London’s new culture hubs

Lewisham, Croydon, are London’s new culture hubs

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has chosen Lewisham (above) and Croydon (below) as the London Boroughs of Culture for 2021 and 2023 respectively.

Panto row leads to theatre split

Panto row leads to theatre split

A major row between York’s Theatre Royal and its venerable pantomime star Berwick Kaler means there will be two pantos vying for audiences this Christmas.

Morris leaves as Jewish Museum steps back from ACE

Morris leaves as Jewish Museum steps back from ACE

Abigail Morris is standing down as director and CEO of the Jewish Museum, as it announces it will leave the Arts Council national portfolio of funded organisations.

De Waal’s Library of Exile to open in British Museum

De Waal’s Library of Exile to open in British Museum

The artist and writer Edmund de Waal’s Library in Exile of more than 2,000 books of translation written by exiled authors and painstakingly gathered together by the writer and artist is to open in the British Museum next month.

Creative industries now worth £111.7bn a year

Creative industries now worth £111.7bn a year

The UK’s creative industries are now worth £111.7bn to the economy in gross value added (GVA), up from £104.8bn, in the latest figures released by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Trojan horse invades British Museum exhibition

Trojan horse invades British Museum exhibition

Anti-fossil fuel activists sneaked a large wooden Trojan horse onto the British Museum’s forecourt today in protest against BP’s sponsorship of the museum’s current Troy exhibition.

Museum gets 'one-in-a-lifetime' Dickens hoard

Museum gets 'one-in-a-lifetime' Dickens hoard

A hoard of unsuspected Dickens treasure has been acquired by the Dickens Museum for £1.8m.

Glasgow gets Highland Chieftain for bargain £500,000

Glasgow gets Highland Chieftain for bargain £500,000

Glasgow Museums has acquired a 17th century painting key to Scotland’s Gaelic culture, for a discount price of £500,000.

AI PROFILE Yellow Earth and British soil

AI PROFILE Yellow Earth and British soil

AI PROFILE   Kumiko Mendl, artistic director of Yellow Earth Theatre

AI PROFILE   Dove Cottage and Wordsworth, the modern man

AI PROFILE Dove Cottage and Wordsworth, the modern man

Michael McGregor, director, Wordsworth Trust/Wordsworth Grasmere

Courtauld appoints first MD to lead transformation

Courtauld appoints first MD to lead transformation

The Courtauld Institute has appointed Dr Tzo Zen Ang as it first ever managing director, guiding the fine arts institute’s biggest transformation since it moved to Somerset House in London in 1989.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Punch Line, Brighton, July 1992, by Roger Bamber 

Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

V&A appoints first photography director

V&A appoints first photography director

The Victoria & Albert Museum, self-designated the National Museum of the Art of Photography, has appointed its first director of photography.

TAITMAIL   Beware governments bearing gifts

TAITMAIL Beware governments bearing gifts

By Patrick Kelly 

“Sustainability” is one of those yawn-inducing words that has suffered through overuse, especially in those tick box council reports that have become a too regular feature of local government.

Lowry celebrates birthday with power commissions

Lowry celebrates birthday with power commissions

Salford’s The Lowry is marking its 20th anniversary this spring with nine world premieres and commissioned new works new works for its biennial festival WEEK 53.

Rowland Emett’s last 'invention' saved

Rowland Emett’s last 'invention' saved

The last mechanical sculpture by the much-loved artist and cartoonist Rowland Emett has been saved for the nation by the Science Museum.

Louise Mitchell to chair children’s orchestras

Louise Mitchell to chair children’s orchestras

Bristol Music Trust’s CEO Louise Mitchell is to chair the National Children’s Orchestras, the NCO announced today.

Lower threshold proposed for creative migrants

Lower threshold proposed for creative migrants

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has proposed a reduction to the salary threshold for artists and creative people in its Home Office commissioned immigration review.