Welsh arts get £15.4m Omicron boost

The Welsh government is creating a 15.4m emergency fund to support the arts and culture through the Omicron Covid emergency, deputy culture minister Dawn Bowden announced today.

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Stoke ditches curators for museums to become film locations

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is making its ceramics curators in two museums redundant in order to turn the venues into film locations.

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Southbank’s Bengi Unsal to be new ICA director

Bengi Unsal, the Southbank Centre’s head of music, is to be the next director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, succeeding Stefan Kalmar.

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Blazwick to leave Whitechapel

Iwona Blazwick is to stand down as director of the Whitechapel Gallery after 20 years, she has announced today. She will leave in April.

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Congratulations…

…to recipients of new year honours in the arts and heritage.

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Sunak doubles arts rescue to £60m

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has doubled the £30m emergency rescue fund for the arts following criticism from the sector that it was too little too late for many organisations.

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Rosetti poem becomes carol of the year

A musical setting of a Christina Rosetti by a lawyer and mother of two has won the BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition.

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Scotland’s £21m for culture and freelancers

The Scottish government is committing £21m in a support package for cultural and events organisations and freelancers hit by cancellations in the latest Covid crisis.

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Sunak adds £30m to culture recovery fund as emergency bail-out for the arts

Arts organisations hit by the Omicron Covid-19 variant are to get help from a £30m addition to the culture recovery fund (CRF), Chancellor Rishi Sunak said today.

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Extra £5.25m to help Wales’ arts survive

The Welsh government is making £5.25m to get the principality’s cultural organisations through the winter.

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