UK industry in danger because creative subjects deemed ‘strategically unimportant’

Industry leaders believe the UK is falling behind the emerging economies because creative subjects have been demoted in British cucciculums, according to a new survey.

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Courtauld unveils its £50m transformation

The Courtauld Institute has unveiled its £50m transformation, the biggest since it moved to Somerset House in 1989.

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My child’s eye

Fifteen brave contemporary artists have agreed to collaborate with their children for a unique exhibition at Bath University’s The Edge arts centre.

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Bedford shoppers’ high street puzzle

Shoppers in Bedford High Street have been puzzled by what appears to be a portal to a long-lost bank vault.

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National Theatre launches community campaign

The National Theatre has announced a National Theatre Together campaign to cement its commitment to the theatre community, young people and audiences, as well as to raise money to fund its post-covid recovery.

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Export stop on ‘wonderful’ £10m reliquary

A silver reliquary statuette of St Christopher made at the end of the Middle Ages has been valued at £10m.

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£3.4m to make libraries digital

Arts Council England is putting £3.4m into a platform to improve access to libraries’ collections, exhibitions and events across the UK.

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David Nixon steps down at Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet’s artistic director for the last 20 years, David Nixon, is to leave later this year.

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Helping museums adapt to post-Covid age

Art Fund is offering grants from a new £2m fund to help museums transform following the pandemic.

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Search for City - or towns - of Culture 2025 is on

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has launched the quest for a UK City of Culture for 2025, with a crucial difference.

This time, the fourth time since the scheme was launched in 2012, groups of towns can apply as well as cities.

The competition as run by DCMS is a “catalyst for levelling up areas outside London” and help communities recover from the effects of the pandemic through culture.

The winner will succeed Coventry, the current City of Culture, and Dowden has also confirmed that the scheme will continue beyond 2025 at least to 2029.

“UK City of Culture is a fantastic showcase of the huge impact culture has in towns and cities across the country” Dowden said. “From Derry-Londonderry, to Hull and Coventry, previous winners have shown how the competition can deliver greater cultural participation, drive economic regeneration and boost local pride. I encourage towns and cities across the UK to put forward bids for 2025 and champion their local arts and culture scene.”

The winning bid is expected to be announced next spring.

https://www.artsindustry.co.uk/feature/2521-my-story-making-medway-towns-into-a-city-of-culture-for-2025

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