Sackler suspends arts donations

Sackler suspends arts donations

The Sackler Trust has suspended “all new philanthropic giving” following a growing controversy over the source of its fortune.

Tate Modern overtakes British Museum as most popular

Tate Modern overtakes British Museum as most popular

Tate Modern has overtaken the British Museum as the most visited museum in Britain, according to the latest Art Newspaper annual list of the world’s most popular venues.

Moira Sinclair to chair Clore Leadership

Moira Sinclair to chair Clore Leadership

Clore Fellow Moira Sinclair, CEO of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, is the new chair of the Clore Leadership Programme.

£5m for new children’s arts programme

£5m for new children’s arts programme

A new £5m DCMS/Arts Council Youth Performance Partnership will benefit 10,000 young people, culture secretary Jeremy Wright has announced.

Tate latest to turn away from Sackler

Tate latest to turn away from Sackler

Tate has announced that it will accept no more gifts from the Sackler family charities, following the National Portrait Gallery’s decision this week to refuse a £1m gift.

Red House to merge with Snape

Red House to merge with Snape

The Britten-Pears Foundation created at the Red House, Aldeburgh, by the composer Benjamin Britten and the singer Peter Pears is to merge with Snape Maltings, the concert hall they founded in Suffolk.

TAITMAIL   Twinkling under the Stratford gloss

TAITMAIL Twinkling under the Stratford gloss

Post-Olympic Stratford is booming. The V&A, Sadler’s Wells, University College London and even the London College of Fashion are all settling in at the Olympic Park, or what Boris Johnson called Olympicopolis. It’s getting a £2.3bn international quarter for global corporations, the 34-storey Sky View Tower and the 14-storey City West Tower. Even the multi-storey car park by the station is to turn its top level over to a roof garden.

Dancing in the streets

Dancing in the streets

Behind the gloss of post-Olympic prosperity, the communities of Newham are still seriously challenged. For 30 years East London Dance has been lifting their hearts and aspirations and now, as it prepares for its third Ideas Summit, it is contemplating its own biggest step forward. Simon Tait talks to its director, Polly Risbridger

New team at Birmingham Rep

New team at Birmingham Rep

And a change at Sheffield’s industrial museums

Birmingham Repertory Theatre has chosen Sean Foley as its new artistic director.

MPs call for arts subjects on Ebacc

MPs call for arts subjects on Ebacc

Music education damaging talent pipeline, says committee

THE WORD    Art breaking the gender gap

THE WORD Art breaking the gender gap

Anita Choudhrie on why it is time for the gender imbalance in art to be evened up

NPG rejects £1m Sackler sponsorship

NPG rejects £1m Sackler sponsorship

The National Portrait Gallery has turned down £1m in sponsorship from the Sackler Trust because of the controversy over the drug OxyContin produced by the Sackler pharmaceutical company.

London puts culture on the map

London puts culture on the map

The capital’s cultural infrastructure from pubs to recording studios to libraries is being made on a free interactive online map https://www.london.gov.uk/cultural-infrastructure-map.

What's up in...   Norwich

What's up in... Norwich

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

London borough to give every under 11 free theatre trip

London borough to give every under 11 free theatre trip

Southwark scheme pledges £500,000.

2m teenagers to get new creative careers chance

2m teenagers to get new creative careers chance

A new programme devised by creative industries leaders is aimed at giving career chances to 2m youngsters.

Lost words carved in stone for posterity

Lost words carved in stone for posterity

Words from nature deleted from the Oxford Children’s Junior Dictionary are being immortalised by artists in an exhibition opening on Friday (March 15) at Snape Maltings Lettering Centre in Suffolk.

Wordsworth’s £6m birthday present

Wordsworth’s £6m birthday present

William Wordsworth’s 250th birthday in 2020 will see a £6.2m expansion of the museum devoted to him at his home village of Grasmere in Cumbria, the Wordsworth Trust has announced.

Central cleared of racism

Central cleared of racism

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama – graded gold standard for its teaching, the highest achievable level - has been cleared of racism by rejecting quotas for black and mixed ethnic applicants.

All Leicester museums' curators to go in council cuts

All Leicester museums' curators to go in council cuts

All four posts go in cost-cutting review

Industry warning on school music

Industry warning on school music

Survey shows growing gap between state and private schools

Huckle’s new 1st City contemporary music role

Huckle’s new 1st City contemporary music role

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) has appointed Seb Huckle to the new post of executive director.

£20.5m concert venue for Liverpool

£20.5m concert venue for Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is to build a new 400-seat concert hall, for students and public.

Maestra! Covent Garden boost for women conductors

Maestra! Covent Garden boost for women conductors

The Royal Opera has chosen International Women’s Day today to announce two new women conductors' courses.

Ting-ting! Here comes a new funding cycle

Nicholas Serota was like a boy with a new bike, going through the gears, testing its turning circle, seeing how far he could push it but not braking too hard.

He was announcing what he expansively called “the largest ever increase in Arts Council England’s portfolio” – but so much has changed in the last five or six years, how can one tell? The ACE press release was more circumspect, referring to a “significant increase”, but the chairman didn’t want the council to hide its light.
 
What he, CEO Darren Henley and the Bloomsbury geeks who do the sums have managed to achieve is the momentum shift to regional funding they have been told to do by select committees and successive culture secretaries without doing noticeable damage to London, even adding a few London arts organisations to the national portfolio. Grants in London are down 3.8%, up in the regions by an average 22.35%. They have also extended the three year funding round to four to make planning easier and reduce time spent filling in grant application forms.
 
So the sleight of hand ACE has done is to take the new additionality rules about the national lottery to heart and use its lottery reserves to give £170m more to the regions over the four years, and leave London on more or less standstill with the four big national clients, the Royal Opera House, National Theatre, RSC and Southbank Centre, being persuaded to take a 3% cut – well, they are better placed to get alternative funding, that’s pragmatism.
 
Much is made of the return of English National Opera to the national portfolio it was cast out of three years ago with a £5m a year cut in its grant, but what does being brought back mean? Nothing in the funding sense, because the grant they already get as a non-NPO is not to be increased, so that by 2022 and the end of this funding round they will be considerably worse off in real terms. But as ENO’s CEO Cressida Pollock says, the loss of the money is bad but the loss of the Arts Council’s imprimatur disastrous for fundraising. Sponsors, foundations and philanthropists like to see that ACE logo on the begging letter.
 
And there’s Bristol’s Arnolfini, which after been in the portfolio since it was set up 13 years ago, has been cast out into the night, with nothing. All its £750,000 a year has been ripped from its grasp, just as a new director takes over, because - like ENO three years ago - its business model wasn’t good enough. Serota hints that the Arnolfini, which he knows well from his Tate years, will be back after some nursing, but that won’t help as the gallery approaches an ACE grantless four years, not even the three years ENO had to endure.
 
But it is a subtle change. Whether they have cultural responsibility or not - some do, some don’t – ACE will be clustering around the new metropolitan mayors to continue the task of negotiating partnerships that might to some extent ameliorate the effects of local authority arts funding cuts, because that is where the new power bases are going to be. That they've announced will good with them
 
So it’s both bold and nuanced, this new journey ACE has set off on, and given his evident enthusiasm for his new form of transport, Serota looks unlikely to fall off his new bike soon.

 

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