Call the Midwife producer to chair Charleston

The Oscar-nominated film and TV producer Dame Pippa Harris is to be the next chair of Charleston, the Sussex home of the painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant which will be for ever associated with the Bloomsbury Group of writers and artists.

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Kathleen Jamie is Scotland’s ‘laureate’

Scotland’s next Makar, or Poet Laureate, is to be Kathleen Jamie, the award-winning writer who began creating poetry as a philosophy undergraduate at Edinburgh University.

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Controversial Plymouth sculpture to be documentary subject

Plymouth’s gigantic bronze sculpture, Messenger, installed outside Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2019 inspiring a minor storm of criticism, is to be the subject of a Sky Arts documentary, voiced by Dawn French.

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Chris Sonnex to lead Cardboard Citizens

Chris Sonnex is the new artistic director and joint-CEO of Cardboard Citizens, the theatre company that works with homeless actors.

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Southbank appoints new artistic director

Mark Ball is to leave his post as creative director of the Manchester International Festival (MIF) to become artistic director of the Southbank Centre.

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Woolwich goes epic with its own street poem

A joint community effort has provided Woolwich in South London with its own epic poem, broadcast to it is streets via a poetry trail and a big screen.

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Fiona Allan to leave Birmingham Hippodrome

Fiona Allan has resigned as artistic director and chief executive of Birmingham Hippodrome after six years to take up a new role in her native Australia.

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Government insurance plan ‘not good enough’ – theatres

The government’s £750m insurance scheme for live events announced last week has been criticised for not meeting the needs of commercial theatres.

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Most think culture belongs on the high street – ACE survey

A large majority believe that life would be better with culture on our high streets, ahead of pubs, bars and restaurants.

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Serota: ‘Arts need more government funding’

Sir Nicholas Serota, chairman of Arts Council England, has called on the government to follow up on the Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF) with more money for future arts development and a commitment to cultural subsidy.

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