GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE   The new museums challenge

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE The new museums challenge

Last week’s TaitMail, https://www.artsindustry.co.uk/taitmail/1661-taitmail-no-business-like-being-a-curator, prompted by the appointment of a shipping executive as director of the Royal Museums Greenwich, brings a response from Roy Clare CBE, former director of the National Maritime Museum and later CEO of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and then director of Auckland War Memorial Museum in New Zealand

£250k to lend national treasures

£250k to lend national treasures

The loan programme that helps museums around the country borrow objects and works of art from national collections is open for bids for next year.

TAITMAIL  Garrick, and how not to commemorate

TAITMAIL Garrick, and how not to commemorate

I’m glad Nigel Hinds got an OBE in the Birthday Honours for being executive producer of 14-18 NOW - his boss, Jenny Waldman, got her CBE 18 months ago – underlining the triumph of the marathon commemoration. We haven’t always been so good at it.

BP protestors bar NPG awards guests

BP protestors bar NPG awards guests

Protestors against the BP sponsorship of the National Portrait Gallery’s annual portrait award prevented guests from entering the main entrance at the gallery last night, forcing them to clamber over a railing to get in.

‘Sack BP’ portrait judge Hume tells NPG

‘Sack BP’ portrait judge Hume tells NPG

On the eve of its annual BP Portrait Awards, the National Portrait Gallery has been told to cut connections with the oil company by one of this year’s judges, the artist Gary Hume.

Congratulations…

Congratulations…

…to arts and heritage names in the Birthday Honours List

Shakespeare’s future home

Shakespeare’s future home

Local Stratford-upon-Avon residents are being asked for their visions of their town’s future in a public art project, I See the Future,.

Wayne Hemingway involved in new Flaxmill plan

Wayne Hemingway involved in new Flaxmill plan

Designer will brand restored Shrewsbury heritage building

Ex-shipping chief to run Greenwich museums

Ex-shipping chief to run Greenwich museums

Paddy Rodgers, former CEO of the Euronav shipping company, one of the biggest in the world, is to be the new director of Royal Museums Greenwich, having had no previous experience in museums management.

Dixon to stand down at NHM

Dixon to stand down at NHM

Sir Michael Dixon has announced that he is to retire as director of the Natural History Museum after 15 years.

Drawn from the life: the world’s first robot artist

Drawn from the life: the world’s first robot artist

Meet Ai-Da, the world’s first realistic humanoid robot artist, who opens her first solo exhibition on June 12.

THE WORD    Could we make arts boards better?

THE WORD Could we make arts boards better?

No-one has better insight into the work of the arts boards than Prue Skene CBE, who as well as serving on and chairing many boards is governance associate of the Clore Leadership Programme. Last November we reported on the launch the CLP of the Cultural Governance Alliance, but she believes arts boards need a fundamental rethink, and here suggests how they could change for the better

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Splashdown, 4thTest v Australia, 27thAugust 2005, by David Ashdown for The Independent

Russell Group puts arts on equal footing

Russell Group puts arts on equal footing

Top universities scrap "preferred" subjects list

Ex-Tesco boss backs Liverpool arts school

Ex-Tesco boss backs Liverpool arts school

Former Tesco chief Sir Terry Leahy has invested in Liverpool’s performing arts school the Liverpool Media Academy, LMA.

New boss at Kendal arts centre

New boss at Kendal arts centre

Miriam Randall moves from Watershed to Brewery Arts

The booming arts economy needs more public funding

The booming arts economy needs more public funding

Public investment in the arts through subsidy is paying dividends for the British economy, contributing almost £11bn a year, according to a new report from the Creative Industries Federation. But it needs more.

Forest stories

Forest stories

Artist film maker Amanda Loomes is finishing a work that will uncover secrets of our forest industries

London’s other rivers

London’s other rivers

The capital has been shaped by its natural waterways, as a new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands reveals

Into the woods for Grange Park Opera

Into the woods for Grange Park Opera

There are two Grange opera festivals this summer, based at two different country houses in Hampshire and Surrey, both created by the conductor Wasfi Kani. Simon Tait visited the newest

MY STORY    Helping artists to value themselves

MY STORY Helping artists to value themselves

Jerwood Arts’ new director, Lilli Geissendorfer, has introduced three new funds to the charity’s operations, and for one is announcing bursary beneficiaries whose careers could be shaped by them.

Heritage high streets get £62m boost

Heritage high streets get £62m boost

High street buildings are to be turned into creative spaces thanks to a new £62m government fund, the Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport has announced.

Hogarth, the noisy painter

Hogarth, the noisy painter

A new exhibition at the Foundling Museum takes a single painting of 18th century life as its subject

First affordable CEZ artists’ studios open

First affordable CEZ artists’ studios open

Eighty-five affordable artists’ studios have opened in Deptford, South London, as part of the Mayor of London’s Creative Enterprise Zone scheme.