TAITMAIL   Talking of the unspeakable…

TAITMAIL Talking of the unspeakable…

Feelings are running high over what rights museums in the UK have to house certain objects, from a three-legged stool in Oxford that is claimed as a national treasure by Uganda to symbols of religious rites for native Canadians and New Zealanders to the Parthenon Sculptures.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Alan Sparrow on another legend of photojournalism, Victor Console

Armouries appoints Edwards as DG

Armouries appoints Edwards as DG

The CEO of Leeds’s Thackray Museum of Medicine, Nat Edwards, is to be the new Master of the Armouries and director general of the Royal Armouries.

McKellen gives £25k for new plays

McKellen gives £25k for new plays

Sir Ian McKellen is offering up to £25,000 to producers to stage new plays and revivals, funded by his successful 80thbirthday tour.

TAITMAIL   The new world of tradition

TAITMAIL The new world of tradition

The new Royal College of Art in Battersea with its infinite spaces and possibilities opened to the public for the first time with its graduate show last month, showing some of the stunning fruits of the minds of young artists who have the latest digital technology at their fingertips, allowing them to fuse moving images, performance and installation in ways inconceivable a generation ago.

Shepherd joins Selladoor

Shepherd joins Selladoor

Selladoor, the regional theatre producer behind the national and international tours of The Jersey Boys, 9 to 5 The Musical and Footloose, has a new executive director in Andrew Shepherd.

Compton Verney’s new CEO

Compton Verney’s new CEO

Geraldine Collinge, director of public programmes at the RSC for 12 years, is to be the new chief executive at Compton Verney.

Perricone to chair Northern Ballet

Perricone to chair Northern Ballet

The Royal Academy of Dance’s chairman is to switch allegiances to become chair of Northern Ballet.

‘Reinvented’ Horniman wins £100k Art Fund prize

‘Reinvented’ Horniman wins £100k Art Fund prize

South London’s Horniman Museum, once a traditional Victorian museum but recast by its director to better reflect its diverse surrounding community, has won this year’s £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year award.

Brett Rogers to leave Photographers’ Gallery

Brett Rogers to leave Photographers’ Gallery

Brett Rogers is to step down as director of the Photographers’ Gallery at the end of the year after 16 years.

Cornwall’s museum facing closure after council cuts funding

Cornwall’s museum facing closure after council cuts funding

Truro’s Royal Cornwall Museum faces closure after more than 200 years after Cornwall Council suddenly refused a bid for continued annual revenue funding.

Showroom’s new director is Gabriela Salgado

Showroom’s new director is Gabriela Salgado

Argentina-born Gabriela Salgado is the new director of the Showroom, the London gallery that specialises on experimental collaborations.

Heidi Vaughan to take over at Tobacco Factory

Heidi Vaughan to take over at Tobacco Factory

Heidi Vaughan is to succeed Mike Tweddle as artistic director of Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres.

Probation chief is new English Heritage chair

Probation chief is new English Heritage chair

Gerard Lemos, chair of the prison and probation service, is to be the new chairman of English Heritage, to succeed Sir Tim Laurence in January.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Wimbledon hopeful crashes out, 25th June 1993, by David Ashdown for The Independent

By Alan Sparrow

Di Lees to leave IWM

Di Lees to leave IWM

Diane Lees is to stand down as director general of the Imperial War Museums next year, she announced today.

National Gallery goes national for NG200

National Gallery goes national for NG200

The National Gallery is to mark its bicentenary - by going national in a £95m celebration of its foundation in 1824, which includes a major refurbishment.

Little Amal returns to celebrate Refugee Week

Little Amal returns to celebrate Refugee Week

The national seven-day arts festival celebrating contributions made to this country by refugees is launched today.

SOLT/UK Theatre get job share CEOs

SOLT/UK Theatre get job share CEOs

The co-executive directors of the British Chambers of Commerce are to continue their job sharing as join-CEOs of the Society of London Theatre and Theatre UK.

Art Fund steps up museum funding

Art Fund steps up museum funding

Art Fund is making £2m available to museums in new funding schemes this summer.

MY STORY   The drink that StARTs art

MY STORY The drink that StARTs art

A new art prize is to feature in this autumn’s StART London Art Fair, the exhibition devoted to emerging talent at the Saatchi Gallery. The prize is sponsored by Martin Miller’s Gin and here the brand’s global head of marketing, Robert Eastham, explains how the partnership came together

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE   Museums: Beyond the gift shop window

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE Museums: Beyond the gift shop window

At Museums Connections 2022 The Revels Office consultancy led an exploration of how museums can combine innovation, experience and retail strategy to create new commercial programmes. The Revel Office’s project co-ordinator, Jeani Tamakloe, sifts the inputs

Platinum medals

Platinum medals

Honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Celestial Fracture, 23rd February 2021, by Leonard Di Maggio, Annie Maunder Prize winner

Alan Sparrow on a prize-winning photograph of space

Vulcan Works Leather craft centre to get go-ahead

Plans to create a Northampton crafts centre dedicated to leatherwork are expected to get the go ahead from councillors next week.

The University of Northampton’s “centre of excellence” in the town’s cultural quarter in the £13 million Vulcan Works development, will house an Institute for Creative Leather Technologies, a Leather Conservation Centre and a leathercraft exhibition space. The university will also run the neighbouring cultural hub for creative industries.

Northampton City Council Cabinet member for regeneration, Councillor Tim Hadland, said: “This is an ambitious plan that will place Northampton at the forefront of leatherworking technology. We are already renowned for the quality of our shoe production, with the world’s largest cluster of prestige footwear firms within a ten-mile radius. It makes sense for us to capitalise on that position, cementing Northampton’s place as a global powerhouse for leathercraft.”

The university’s new leathercraft centre will cost £5 million, with £2 million coming direct from the university, which will also manage the cultural hub for creative businesses, though this will remain in the council’s ownership. The 49 flexible units in the hub are expected to create up to 300 jobs over 10 years within creative professions such as advertising, architecture, design, arts and crafts and software design services.

The Grade II listed Vulcan Works, a former ironworks,  will be restored  while outbuildings will be demolished to allow the new structure to be built.

Terry Neville, Chief Operating Officer at the University of Northampton, said: ““The Vulcan Works will be a place to celebrate the University and Northampton’s rich history of leather craft. Its planned location in the centre of town is part of a bigger campaign to raise the heritage profile of the county of Northamptonshire – not just nationally, but around the world.”

The redevelopment has been partly funded by the Local Growth Fund grant, administered by South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP).

 

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