Southampton’s gallery reopens, with help from a national friend

Southampton City Art Gallery reopens after lockdown today with an exhibition that rekindles a long association with the National Gallery with one of the largest loans of works its has ever made.

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Free Word closes

Free Word, the multi-disciplinary word-associated arts producer, is to close after 12 years following the loss if its central London headquarters.

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Shakespeare North Playhouse appoints Melanie Lewis as CEO

Melanie Lewis, executive director of National Museums Liverpool, is to be the first CEO of the £20m Shakespeare North Playhouse, due to open next year.

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Brexit nightmare forcing musicians overseas

Britain’s musicians are being forced to move to Europe or quit the profession altogether because of the “nightmare” of touring under Brexit strictures.

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How a Jewish refugee came to make the most church murals in England

A Jewish award-winning painter and sculptor whose work was declared "degenerate" by the Hitler regime fled the Nazis in 1933, came to Britain as a refugee and stayed to make more Church of England murals than any other 20th century artist.

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How revived £42m culture fund will work

Arts Council England has today revealed how the £42m Cultural Investment Fund will create a new infrastructure to start the long-term recovery of the arts, heritage and cultural sector in this financial year.

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Hall resigns from National Gallery in Bashir scandal aftermath

Tony Hall today stood down as chairman of the National Gallery in the wake of the Martin Bashir scandal.

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Covid guidance hits wrong note

The government is being lobbied to change its latest guidance on music performance that insists that only six people can sing indoors together, so that choirs are forbidden to sing together.

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Southbank gets first black chair

The Nigerian-born British photographer, entrepreneur and social activist Misan Harriman has been appointed chair of Southbank Centre.

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Margate’s Pomery to head The Box

Victoria Pomery, founding director of Turner Contemporary in Margate, is leaving to become CEO of Plymouth’s new £47m museum and gallery The Box.

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