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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Culture wars stepped up with blocked appointment

The government appears to be stepping up what has been called the “culture war” over non-approval of appointments to public body boards.

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New £20k portrait prize launched in bumper year for exhibition

A new prize for portraiture worth £20,000 is being launched at the annual Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

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Clare Wood to head ceramics biennial

Clare Wood, chief executive of Re-Form Heritage, is to be CEO and artistic director of the British Ceramics Biennial, based in Stoke-on-Trent.

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‘What did you do in the lockdown?’ - Museum of the Year 2021 opens

The £160,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year opens for applications today, with the Covid year the theme.

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