Arts Council's top new appointments

Russell, Runacres join executive board

PASSING BY... Brown study

PASSING BY... Brown study

In 40 years Antony Thorncroft has watched the auction scene change into a money market

Crocker takes over at Norwich

Crocker takes over at Norwich

Stephen Crocker, for nine years deputy chief executive at The Lowry, Salford, is to be new CEO at Norwich Theatre Royal.

Culture is key part of industrial strategy says Bradley

Culture is key part of industrial strategy says Bradley

Culture secretary announces cultural citizens’ initiative

EDINBURGH  Post-war pragmatics

EDINBURGH Post-war pragmatics

This month more than four million visitors will descend on Edinburgh for its International Festival and its Fringe, but what does it mean to the venues beyond August? Simon Tait looks at two of them

Patrick Kelly's back page

Patrick Kelly's back page

AI's pick of what's to come

Shortlist for Great Exhibition of the North

Bradford, Blackpool, Sheffield and Newcastle in the frame

MY STORY The show goes on

MY STORY The show goes on

The Cabaret Mechanical Theatre was founded by Sue Jackson in 1979 in a small shop in Falmouth, Cornwall, from where she turned the vVctorian diversionary craft of automata-making into an art form and eventually a global success. Following Sue’s sudden death in April this year aged 77, Cabaret is taking on a new lease of life under the guidance of her daughter, Sarah Alexander. The Crafts Council’s exhibition, A Curious Turn: Moving mechanical sculpture will celebrate 40 years of British automata and opens on September 15 at Habitat’s King’s Road Platform Gallery as part of the London Design Festival before a two-year nationwide tour. it was a project Sue had helped plan, but never witnessed and is dedicated to her memory

V&A poaches new comms chief from BBC

V&A poaches new comms chief from BBC

The Victorian & Albert Museum has recruited Sophie Brendel, head of digital communications at the BBC since 2009, as its new director of marketing and communications.

SIMON TAIT'S DIARY

SIMON TAIT'S DIARY

Frank’s pick

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.

GOOD PRACTICE  Form and function: where art meets technology

GOOD PRACTICE Form and function: where art meets technology

Many artists are already embracing the digital revolution, as a new Nesta study has found. John Davies explains

HLF’s £8m resilience fund

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

MUSEUMS  Bury’s marvellous Met

MUSEUMS Bury’s marvellous Met

Just half an hour from downtown Manchester, the Bury Met is forging its own path to the future. Patrick Kelly went to have a look

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.  

FESTIVALS Playing home

FESTIVALS Playing home

Journeys Festival International opens in Leicester on August 23 before travelling to Manchester and Portsmouth with its showcase of the work of refugees and asylum seekers, created by ArtReach, the contemporary arts development agency

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. 

‘Worrying’ drop in arts A level entries

Campaigners blame impact of Ebacc