'Unappreciated' Walsall's New Art Gallery may close

The award-winning New Art Gallery, Walsall, opened in 2000 as a beacon in Tony Blair's "Golden Age" of culture at a cost of £21m with £15.75m in lottery money, mat be closed by local authority funding cuts.

Brabbins is ENO’s new music director

Brabbins is ENO’s new music director

Martyn Brabbins, music director of the Huddersfield Choral Society and a champion of British composers, has been appointed music director of English National Opera with immediate effect. 

ACE’s £6.3m for arts-deprived areas

An extra £6.3m is to go to English communities starved of culture in the latest grants from the Arts Council’s Creative People and Places scheme.

HLF £2m saves first assembly line

HLF £2m saves first assembly line

The world’s first assembly line – predating Henry Ford’s by 60 years – has been saved by a Heritage Lottery Grant of £1.9m.

Theatres Trust’s new director

Jon Morgan, currently director of the Federation of Scottish Theatre, is to be the next director of the Theatres Trust, the national advisory body for theatres that is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. 

ArtReach gets Euro refugee festival funding

The 2017 Journeys Festival International, devised to celebrate the idea of sanctuary by the cultural development ArtReach which was featured in AI 333, can go ahead thanks to European funding that has just been granted.

All change at Pegasus

Restructure follows council funding cut

ACE puts £4.6 million in diversity schemes

Projects will support touring and leadership.

Solicari to head Geffrye

Solicari to head Geffrye

Sonia Solicari, the head of the Guildhall Art Gallery in London, is to be the next director of the Geffrye Museum.

Thumbs up for digital theatre screenings

SOLT/ACE report suggests ‘minimal’ impact on audience numbers

Stoke drops transfer plans

Council will keep museums, gallery and theatre in-house

Science Museum Under Fire

Critics attack oil sponsorship deal

York wins Family Friendly prize

York wins Family Friendly prize

York Art Gallery, which reopened last year after an £8m make-over, has won the 2016 Family Friendly Museum Award, given to the museum or gallery that has done most to encourage children to visit and make their experience enjoyable.

North’s Great Exhibition goes to Tyneside

The Great Exhibition of the North, part of former Chancellor George Osborne’s “Northern Powerhouse” vision, is to be hosted by Newcastle-Gateshead, culture secretary Karen Bradley has decided.

Warning over Cadw-NMW merger

Museums Association fears threat to Wales museums independence

Green light for new Mountview

Drama school gets approval for Peckham HQ



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MY STORY Irish eyes

MY STORY Irish eyes

EMMA SMITH is the director of the Liverpool Irish Festival, the largest Irish arts festival in the UK. She has worked
with many of the city’s leading cultural venues and figures, including a number of years heading up the creative community at Bluecoat, directing
 the Look Liverpool international photography festival and working with beacon festivals such as DaDaFest and Liverpool Arab Arts Festival.