£800k for national loans to local museums

£800k for national loans to local museums

Local and regional museums will be able to borrow treasures from the national collections thanks to a three year grant scheme with £810,000 by the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Art Fund.

TAITMAIL    Council cash crisis? Flog the art

TAITMAIL Council cash crisis? Flog the art

By Patrick Kelly

It may surprise you to know that the TaxPayers’ Alliance, that secretive lobby group that promotes low taxes and free market fetishism, has long had a fixation about art, particularly that art owned by the public.

Visual artists and composers share £600k Hamlyn cash

Visual artists and composers share £600k Hamlyn cash

Five composers and five visual artists have won £60,000 reach in the 25th awarding of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Awards for Artists scheme.

REVIEW   Reverspective: the inside-out-world of Patrick Hughes

REVIEW Reverspective: the inside-out-world of Patrick Hughes

This is a self-portrait of the surrealist artist Patrick Hughes. It looks like a conventional convex life mask, but it isn’t: it’s concave, a paradigm of Hughes’s “reverspective” world.

AI PROFILE    Helen Wallace and the nature of music

AI PROFILE Helen Wallace and the nature of music

What Kings Place’s 2020 season Nature UnwrappedSounds of Life is emphatically not about is climate change. It is so much more.

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE The twittering of governance

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE The twittering of governance

A year ago the Cultural Governance Alliance (CGA) was set up by the Clore Leadership Programme, with partners such as UK Theatre, Cause 4 and Association of Independent Museums, writes Simon Tait.

Scottish Portrait Gallery sacks BP

Scottish Portrait Gallery sacks BP

The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS), particularly the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG), is ending the relationship with BP, it was announced today.

Casely-Hayford to run V&A East

Casely-Hayford to run V&A East

The cultural historian Gus Casely-Hayford is to be the first director of V&A East when it opens in the Queen Elizabeth Olympics Park, Stratford East, in 2023.

Ellerman Foundation names new chief

Ellerman Foundation names new chief

Sufina Ahmad moves from City of London.

Aberdeen reopens gallery after £35m makeover

Aberdeen reopens gallery after £35m makeover

Aberdeen’s art gallery has reopened after a £35 million makeover.

THE WORD   The operatic canon in crisis?

THE WORD The operatic canon in crisis?

Following an international research project and a meeting of stakeholders at the Royal Opera House earlier this month, the picture remains complex, writes Cormac Newark.

‘Iconic’ Grace Jones to curate Meltdown

‘Iconic’ Grace Jones to curate Meltdown

This year’s guest curator for the Southbank Centre’s Meltdown Festival is to be Grace Jones.

NPG goes on the road in 3 year closure

NPG goes on the road in 3 year closure

The National Portrait Gallery will send its collection on long-term tour while it is closed for a £35.5m development.

ACE’s £12.3m for small enterprises

ACE’s £12.3m for small enterprises

Arts Council England has announced the 46 organisations, from the Onion Collective in West Somerset to the Gecko Theatre in Ipswich, that will share £12.3m in the latest round of Small Capital Grants.

Steve McQueen’s portrait – of London

Steve McQueen’s portrait – of London

Turner Prize and Oscar winning artist Steve McQueen today launched 613 billboards of class photographs, such as the main image, as a comprehensive portrait of London.

Eclipse Theatre’s new leadership

Eclipse Theatre’s new leadership

Eclipse Theatre, the Sheffield-based black-led national touring company, has announced a new leadership, taking over from Dawn Butler who left earlier this year after a decade in charge.

Worthing’s theatres leave council control

Worthing’s theatres leave council control

Worthing’s theatres, museum and art gallery have today transferred from the local authority to an independent charity.

Arts get manifestos in early

Arts get manifestos in early

Arts organisations are hoping to influence the general election contenders by publishing their own manifestos early in the campaign.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Fireworks on Blackheath, South London, tower over the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich, Nov 4, 2017 (a three image combo), by Roger Jackson

Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

World’s largest study of the arts’ impact on health

World’s largest study of the arts’ impact on health

The world’s largest study into the impact on mental and physical health that artistic interventions can have has been launched by King’s College London, with £2m funding from the Wellcome Trust.

Brexit may cost Birmingham millions in music income

Brexit may cost Birmingham millions in music income

Brexit could devastate the West Midlands’ vibrant music tourism, according got a report published today (Oct 29).

Independent museums worth £28m a year

Independent museums worth £28m a year

The United Kingdom’s unsubsidised museum sector is earning the Exchequer more than £28m a year, drawing over 24m visitors.

App opens Edinburgh gallery to disabled art lovers

App opens Edinburgh gallery to disabled art lovers

The gallery and studio Edinburgh Printmakers is welcoming a new audience, the disabled, thanks to new technology.

TAITMAIL   Peace and understanding

TAITMAIL Peace and understanding

There’s a startling symmetry about Martin Jenkinson’s image of the Orgreave confrontation during the Miners’ Strike in 1984 – our Picture of the Month last year – and last week’s picture of red-clad Druids in a more peaceful coming together from the Extinction Rebellion demonstration last week. The first face-off didn’t work, the miners lost: the second one might, and the difference is art.

Major drop in arts GCSEs, figures show

Ebacc fallout continues

Fewer pupils are taking arts subjects at GCSE, new figures reveal.

Data released by the Department for Education shows that entries to GCSE arts subjects fell by a further 46,000 last year, a drop of 9% drop over the past 12 months.  Entries in every arts subject area have fallen by at least 3,000 since last year, and three subjects – Drama; Media, Film and TV Studies; and Art and Design subjects – each decreased by over 6,000 entries.

This comes at the same time as entries to core English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects in continue to grow

Campiagners say that the decline in arts subjects popularity amongst 16 year olds shows that  EBacc is squeezing the arts out of schools.

“These new figures confirm that the EBacc is having a devastating effect on the uptake of creative subjects at GCSE and A Level,” a spokesperson for Bacc for the Future said.

“This evidence, on top of research published by the University of Sussex identifying the negative impact the EBacc is having on the provision of and uptake of music in schools, needs urgent attention from the Government.

“The Secretary of State must listen to the evidence and the teachers on the front line and scrap the EBacc in its current form before any more damage is done.”

The decline in take-up of arts at GCSE has also hit AS levels, with arts entries down by  43,000 since 2016. The fall was most pronounced in Art and Design Subjects, which fell by 21,000 entries (52%); Drama, which fell by 9,000 entries (65%); and Performing / Expressive Arts, which fell from 3,700 entries to 910 entries – a 75% drop.

 

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