Crafts never more popular with £3bn sales

Crafts never more popular with £3bn sales

The appetite for British craft has never been higher, according to a new report from the Crafts Council, with 73% of the UK buying handcrafted objects in 2019 and sales exceeding £3bn, and the lockdown adding to it.

Furlough close down will see more theatres shut

Furlough close down will see more theatres shut

The tapering furlough scheme will see more theatres permanently shut, warns the Theatres Trust today.

Opera company reinvents 2020

Opera company reinvents 2020

Although closed in the Covid-19 lockdown, Grange Park Opera, set in the Surrey Hills, is launching a newly devised summer season this month.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Bem Le Hunte,  1st June 1983, by Boleslaw Lutoslawski

Former Fleet Street picture editor Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

TAITMAIL    Staging the apocalypse

TAITMAIL Staging the apocalypse

Most theatres can’t open before the autumn and those that do will have to operate at 30% box office to meet social distancing requirements, producing an income that would be well below costs. Apocalypse.

Roland Rudd controversial choice as Tate chair

Roland Rudd controversial choice as Tate chair

The PR consultant Roland Rudd is to be the next chair of Tate, succeeding Lionel Barber in January, 2021.

Irish arts needs massive injection of cash support

Call for post crisis investment programme

Turner Prize cancelled – bursaries awarded instead

Turner Prize cancelled – bursaries awarded instead

This year’s Turner Prize has been cancelled, with £100,000 in bursaries being given to ten artists instead.

‘End not yet in sight’ warns ACE chief

‘End not yet in sight’ warns ACE chief

The end of the crisis for the arts driven by the coronavirus lockdown is not in sight, says Arts Council England CEO Darren Henley - and there will be permanent closures.

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.

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.