TAITMAIL  Cliff edge or launching point?

TAITMAIL Cliff edge or launching point?

We’re on the brink. The political arrogance, diplomatic blundering, economic obfuscating and cultural ignorance have led the cultural industries to the top of Beachy Head and about to step off. Or are we?

THE WORD   ‘Centre of culture’ is not about space

THE WORD ‘Centre of culture’ is not about space

says Reuben Kench, director of culture, events and leisure at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council in response to a recent Taitmail input into the debate about cities and towns of culture, and our empty high streets

AI PROFILE		Lord of the dance

AI PROFILE Lord of the dance

Sir Richard Alston, artist director of The Place and the Richard Alston Dance Company

Carlos Acosta to run Birmingham Royal Ballet

Carlos Acosta to run Birmingham Royal Ballet

Former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta is to succeed David Bintley as artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, the company has announced.

Kathy Bourne returns to Chichester

Kathy Bourne returns to Chichester

Producer Kathy Bourne is to be the new executive director of Chichester Festival Theatre, along alongside artistic director Daniel Evans.

Tullie House all dressed up for Wolfson award

Tullie House all dressed up for Wolfson award

Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum is the big winner in the latest round of DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund grants.

MY STORY The other side of the picture

MY STORY The other side of the picture

DAVID HICKS   

The greetings card company Really Good was started by David Hicks more than 30 years ago with a £40 government enterprise allowance, and capital of £200. It is now worth £4m and sells in 30 countries, but its founder has made a dramatic career change. 

DEA BIRKETT  Mime - and the last word in circus

DEA BIRKETT Mime - and the last word in circus

In the latest in her series marking the 250th anniversary of the circus, Dea Birkett – the official Ringmaster of Circus250 – discovers more about her artform at the London International Mime Festival

ACE launches £6m leadership fund

ACE launches £6m leadership fund

Arts Council chair Nicholas Serota today launched a new £6m leadership investment fund for museums, libraries and the arts.

RSC heads new era for immersive drama

RSC heads new era for immersive drama

A £16m research programme led by the Royal Shakespeare Company could herald a new era for audiences.

Five vie for new £125k art gallery prize

Five vie for new £125k art gallery prize

Five galleries have been shortlisted for the new £125,000 Ampersand Award to help realise development proposals.

Preston’s Harris Museum gets HLF development boost

Preston’s Harris Museum gets HLF development boost

A £10.7m transformation of Preston’s Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library has received a major funding fillip with a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Creative students on the rise

Creative students on the rise

The numbers of university students studying creative arts and design has grown by 10.5% in the last ten years, according to a new report from the Knowledge Academy.

Drama of keeping more things in the air than you have hands

Drama of keeping more things in the air than you have hands

AI Profile :  Sean Gandini, artistic director, Gandini Juggling

Dramatic new bridge to Arthur’s castle

Dramatic new bridge to Arthur’s castle

Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, traditionally associated with the legends of King Arthur, is to get this dramatic new bridge as part of a £5m English Heritage improvement programme.

What's up in… Glasgow

What's up in… Glasgow

AI looks at what's coming up around the country – this time, the arts in Glasgow

DEA BIRKETT  Fear and risk – still part of the circus

DEA BIRKETT Fear and risk – still part of the circus

In the next on her series marking the 250th anniversary of the circus, Dea Birkett – the official Ringmaster of Circus250 – sees that life under the Big Top is as perilous as ever

NEW YEAR HONOURS: Alston leads arts list

NEW YEAR HONOURS: Alston leads arts list

Choreographer Richard Alston has crowned his 70th birthday with a knighthood in the New Year Honours List.

Sister Wendy Becket dies

Sister Wendy Becket dies

Sister Wendy Becket, the hermit nun who became the most unlikely TV star of the 1990s, died on Boxing Day in her beloved solitary caravan in Norfolk at the age of 88.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Orgreave, South Yorkshire, June 1984, by Martin Jenkinson

DEA BIRKETT  The real world shared by circus and museums

DEA BIRKETT The real world shared by circus and museums

In the next in her series marking the 250th anniversary of the circus, Dea Birkett – the official Ringmaster of Circus250 – finds that big top performance and gallery display have more in common that you think

Iskander to take over Battersea Arts Centre

Iskander to take over Battersea Arts Centre

Tarek Iskander, Arts Council England’s director for theatre, is to be the new artistic director and CEO of Battersea Arts Centre.

2018's listing highlights: a cock, a cricket pavilion and a subway

2018's listing highlights: a cock, a cricket pavilion and a subway

Historic England have highlighted the 23 most notable listed monuments of 2018, including the elaborate underpass at Crystal Palace, the Sutton pub sign with no pub and Robin Hood.

Tate acquires Sylvia Pankhurst paintings

Tate acquires Sylvia Pankhurst paintings

Tate is to acquire four paintings by the Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960) depicting the working conditions of women in the north.

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 AI's choice of the best to come

Meeting Modernism: 20th Century Art in the Russell-Cotes Collection is the latest exhibition from the Bournemouth gallery. It features the gallery’s most popular early 20th century paintings, collected by the first curators in the 1920s and 30s. Works by William Rothenstein, John Minton, Laura Knight, Graham Sutherland and Eric Gill are all included. The exhibition runs until April 24. our picture shows Spray, c.1940, oil on canvas, by Harold Sandys Williamson (1892-1978).

A new East London art project has uncovered a wealth of historic images of one the UK’s forgotten privately built and owned social housing estates. An exhibition and publication, put together by artists Lucy Harrison and Katherine Green and funded by Arts Council England, presents hundreds of collected photographs, personal mementos of the Warner estate in Walthamstow and Leyton which have been gathered from current residents and former residents. These will be shown alongside newly commissioned photography and oral history by the artists. We: The Ex-Warner Estate in Waltham Forest runs until February 2017 at the Vestry House Museum.

The Finborough Theatre continues its tradition of unearthing neglected classics with a production of Rodney Ackland’s After October, not performed in central London since its premiere 80 years ago. Rising director Oscar Toeman and Linbury Prize designer Rosanna Vize present a bold, edgy version with Beverley Klein, Sasha Waddell and Adam Buchanan (pictured).

 

Award winning theatre company Patch of Blue’s latest production Back To Blackbrick is touring venues over the UK this month. Adapted from Sarah Moore Fitzgerald’s beautiful novel about Alzheimer’s and time travel, the show follows a successful run at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival and features a live original folk score written and performed by in-house band, Wovoka Gentle. Back To Blackbrick is at the Lache Library, Chester, on November 18 and The little Theatre, Southport, on November 20.

 

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