UK loses Capital of Culture 2023

The European Commission has withdrawn the UK’s right to have European Capital of Culture in 2023 because of Brexit.

New CEO for Independent museums

New CEO for Independent museums

Emma Chaplin has been appointed as the director of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM).

New prize aims to reverse Art History ‘A’ level decline

£1,000 reward backed by Art UK and Paul Mellon charity

Budget ‘missed opportunity’ for creative industries

Today’s Budget has failed to back Britain’s fastest growing sector, according to the Creative Industries Federation, which described the Chancellor’s  announcement as “disappointing”.

Home Office doubles visas available for top creatives

The government is to double the number of visas made available to artists and creative people, the Home Office has announced.

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PATRICK KELLY'S BACK PAGE

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SIMON TAIT'S DIARY   Flagging up Jack

SIMON TAIT'S DIARY Flagging up Jack

In 1797 Jack Crawford nailed his colours, the ship’s union flag, to the mast of HMS Venerable and helped win the Battle of Camperdown, ruining Napoleon’s planned invasion of Ireland. But what happened to the colours?

Scotland row over Lottery funding

Ministers in Holyrood claim pleas to London ignored

FUNDING    Making it with the crowd

FUNDING Making it with the crowd

A new Nesta study has found that matched crowdfunding presents an option beyond grant-giving for funders for smaller arts organisations. Nesta’s Jonathan Bone and Sam Mitchell explain

GALLERIES    Immersed in Pussy Riot

GALLERIES Immersed in Pussy Riot

In March 2012 two members of the feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot were jailed for two years after the group’s performance in Moscow Cathedral protesting against the church’s support of Putin. The experience of one of them, Nadia Tolokonnikova, is the subject of an extraordinary theatrical event being performed by an all-female cast as part of a Saatchi Gallery exhibition this month, created by Les Enfants Terribles

THE WORD    The lottery and saving the Arts Council

THE WORD The lottery and saving the Arts Council

The National Lottery has transformed the status of the arts and heritage in England, and one of the few people still involved, as a trustee of subsidised arts organisations, who has seen from the start the wayward and unpredictable development of the monster that has delivered more than £1 billion to the sector is Prue Skene.

Colston partnership means new phase for Paraorchestra

Colston partnership means new phase for Paraorchestra

The British Paraorchestra – the world’s only large-scale ensemble for disabled musicians – has announced a new partnership with education hub Bristol Plays Music that will give orchestral presentation a major step forward, says its founder.

DCMS review calls for 9-point Museums Action Plan

A report commissioned by the culture department from creative industry entrepreneur Neil Mendoza, calls on museums macros England for partnerships if the sector is to grow and prosper, and an urgent action plan.

£8.5m Gainsborough plan – what do you think?

£8.5m Gainsborough plan – what do you think?

Neighbours of Gainsborough’s House at Sudbury in Suffolk are being invited to give their opinion of an £8.5m expansion of the museum set in the painter’s birthplace.

Museum of London to honour the unknown Suffragettes

Museum of London to honour the unknown Suffragettes

To mark the centenary next year of women getting the vote for the first time the Museum of London is to mount a programme devoted to the Suffragettes that won the franchise, many of them unacknowledged before.

AI PROFILE Directing a future of truth

AI PROFILE Directing a future of truth

Ellen McDougall, artistic director, The Gate Theatre, London

MY STORY   Out of the shadows

MY STORY Out of the shadows

From street art to being collected by celebrities such as Antonio Banderas and Ronan Keating, Lhouette has had a meteoric career as a pop artist whose work sells for thousands. Earlier this year he made the news with a solo exhibition at a five star Mayfair hotel. Now he has a new collection, Beyond

THEATRE    Dressing up

THEATRE Dressing up

The heart of the Royal Shakespeare Company is to get a boost in an £8.7m development for a vital component, its costume workshop, for which it has just been given planning permission. Simon Tait had an exclusive tour