Armada victory!

Armada victory!

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I has been saved from export, after a public appeal which helped raise the £10.3m asking price.

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BRITISH COUNCIL   Art Connects Us

BRITISH COUNCIL Art Connects Us

Following the EU referendum result, Graham Sheffield, director of arts at the British Council, writes an open letter on the likely consequences

HLF’s £8m resilience fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund is launching an £8m programme to help organisation build resilience.

Simon Tait's Diary

Simon Tait's Diary

Wet June, flaming November

International fund awards £2.9 million

Arts Council England is awarding £2.9 million to artists and organisations in the latest round of its international funding for artists.  

PASSING BY...  Should we trust critics?

PASSING BY... Should we trust critics?

Antony Thorncroft, a former critic himself, wonders if reviews still have the authority they once had

ACE announces new philanthropy scheme

Arts Council England will back 140 projects to the tune of £17.5 million in the latest phase of its Catalyst programme. 

DEA BIRKETT: Back from the edge

DEA BIRKETT: Back from the edge

Dea Birkett looks at how the once disgraceful theatre form burlesque became respectable – and now needs rescuing again

Bowes raises £2.3m to save 15c painting

Bowes raises £2.3m to save 15c painting

The Bowes Museum has raised the £2,290,650 needed to save this rare 15th century ascribed to the workshop of Dieric Bouts the Elder, St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, from export. It will be shared with York Art Gallery and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

SUMMER THEATRE: The Grand central

SUMMER THEATRE: The Grand central

MY STORY        Ruth Eastwood is the chief executive of one of the great theatres in the country, The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, where it has dominated the seaside resort. This summer, the grand is marching into the town

V&A’s peepshow gift

V&A’s peepshow gift

The world’s largest collection of peepshows – paper miniature dioramas – has been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum under a new scheme to encourage life-time giving with tax incentives.

SUMMER THEATRE: Saving the life of theatre

SUMMER THEATRE: Saving the life of theatre

Rebecca Morland, interim director of the Theatres Trust, looks to the future as the trust celebrates its 40th birthday

Berry for Bolshoi

Berry for Bolshoi

John Berry, who stepped down as artistic director of ENO a year ago as the opera company was going through a series of financial and management crises, has been given a top new post at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

SUMMER THEATRE: Oxford’s beacon

SUMMER THEATRE: Oxford’s beacon

The Oxford Playhouse will reopen in August with a new look and its own new play. AI talks to the theatre’s chief executive, Louise Chantal

Ally Pally’s £1m plea for ‘secret’ theatre

Ally Pally’s £1m plea for ‘secret’ theatre

Alexandra Palace is to appeal to the public for £1m towards the restoration of its “secret” Victorian Theatre.

SUMMER THEATRE: A civic tongue for the arts

SUMMER THEATRE: A civic tongue for the arts

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is embarking on its most comprehensive inquiry to date, looking at what the arts do for our communities and creating a blueprint for the future from what it finds

May appoints new culture secretary

May appoints new culture secretary

Whittingdale casualty of Tory reshuffle