Birmingham announces Shakespeare Library revamp

Birmingham has launched a new scheme to restore the city’s Shakespeare Memorial Library (BSM).

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English Heritage apology over ‘dismissive’ games advertising

English Heritage has apologised after the games industry criticised an advertising campaign which they claimed “dismissed the huge heritage aspect to games”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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