England’s African heroes

Historical black personalities from England’s past are the subject of a new exhibition being mounted by English Heritage.

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David Roper to chair young singers

The new chair of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain is to be David Roper, succeeding Prof Chris Higgins who is standing down after ten years in the post.

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Theatres can reopen from May 17, Johnson confirms

Theatres across England and begin to reopen from May 17, the prime minister confirmed this evening but still with severe limitations.

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Sadiq Khan renews London arts pledge

Newly re-elected as Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan today promised to “reignite” the capital’s cultural sector after the pandemic.

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Nine out of ten museums suffered visitors behaving badly during pandemic

More than 90% of museums and galleries have been confronted by bad behaviour among visitors during the Covid crisis.

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Music by bike power for Festival Hall

The Royal Festival Hall is to have its lighting and sound systems completely powered by bicycle power in an art commission for the London Sinfonietta.

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Sleaford’s post-merger arts centre opens as the Hub

Following the merger of the National Centre for Craft and Design with artsNK, and a £1.2m refurbishment, Sleaford’s arts centre is to re as the Hubopen on May 17.

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Self-portrait wins first £20k Lock prize

A self-portrait by Frances Bell has won the inaugural William Lock award at the annual Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries, worth £20,000.

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It’s a match – women’s soccer and art

In collaboration with Chelsea FC women footballers, the London artist Kelly Anna has created a special banner for the side’s Women’s Super League match on Sunday against Reading.

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Government’s ‘philistine’ 50% cut for arts teaching

Education secretary Gavin Williamson is proposing a 50% higher education cut in arts, humanities and media subjects, to support subjects with better earning potential, described as “horrific” , “catastrophic” and "philistine" by cultural leaders.

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