Johnson plea: Don’t sacrifice creative industries

Johnson plea: Don’t sacrifice creative industries

One of the first letters in the new prime minister’s in-tray will be from Alan Bishop, CEO of the Creative Industries Federation, demanding a second referendum to save the creative industries.

Women gaining level playing field - review

Women gaining level playing field - review

Women in the creative industries are gradually winning a level playing field in the way their work is reported on, but there is still a hill to climb (#shesaidmore).

THE WORD   Easing the stress for new arts leaders

THE WORD Easing the stress for new arts leaders

Next month the first recipients of Arts Council England’s new Transforming Leadership Fund will be announced. Here, ACE’s executive director of communication and public policy Mags Patten discusses how talent training can ease the strain on emerging leaders

Dickens ‘lost portrait’ saved

Dickens ‘lost portrait’ saved

A portrait of Charles Dickens as a young man has been saved from export.

No-Deal Brexit threatens UK agency’s Europe role

No-Deal Brexit threatens UK agency’s Europe role

The UK cultural development agency ArtReach has won a €1.3m grant to deliver a Europe-wide arts project – on condition there is no No-Deal Brexit.

TAITMAIL  Drawing out the real we

TAITMAIL Drawing out the real we

At this existential moment for us as a nation, there’s an interesting exhibition opening in Hull soon that tries to pin down who we are.

Cancer forces Sarah Connolly to cancel Prom

Cancer forces Sarah Connolly to cancel Prom

Dame Sarah Connolly, the mezzo-soprano, has had to withdraw from a Proms performance and a forthcoming ENO production because of recently diagnosed cancer.

Tates declare ‘climate emergency’

Tates declare ‘climate emergency’

The directors of the four Tate galleries - Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Late Liverpool and Tate St Ives - have declared a climate emergency.

Who are we?

Who are we?

Through 130 works of art, Hull’s Ferens Art Gallery will try to pin down the British character at a time when national identity is proving to be elusive.

British Museum trustee resigns

British Museum trustee resigns

A trustee has resigned from the British Museum board over the institution’s “immovability on issues of critical concern”.

Kerry Bishop leaves Frieze for ICA

Kerry Bishop leaves Frieze for ICA

Kerry Bishop, chief operating officer at Frieze since 2013, is leaving to become managing director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Vicky Cheetham to be Tate’s new COO

Vicky Cheetham to be Tate’s new COO

Victoria Cheetham, executive director of the Southbank Centre, is to be Tate’s new chief operating officer.

V&A to defy Iran sanctions with exhibition

V&A to defy Iran sanctions with exhibition

The Victoria & Albert Museum is to mount a major exhibition  about Iran’s art and design, in the face of a growing crisis between Britain, the US and Iran.

Royal Exchange picks joint artistic directors

Royal Exchange picks joint artistic directors

Roy Alexander Weise and Bryony Shanahan are to be the joint artistic directors and CEOs of the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

British Museum backs BP

British Museum backs BP

The British Museum’s director is backing BP as a sponsor amid growing pressure on arts institutions to distance themselves from the oil company.

Moon – or balloon? Horniman plastics poser

Moon – or balloon? Horniman plastics poser

One of the most popular aquarium displays at the Horniman Museum in South-East London is the moon jellyfish, common in the waters around Britiain.

‘Don’t be arts job cheats’ employers told

‘Don’t be arts job cheats’ employers told

A new toolkit aims to remove socio-economic barriers to jobs in the arts sector that are causing a class crisis.

Jerwood becomes Hastings Contemporary, the beach gallery

Jerwood becomes Hastings Contemporary, the beach gallery

The Jerwood Gallery, opened in 2012 and purpose-built on the historic waterfront Stade at Hastings to hold the Jerwood Foundation’s collection of British Art, reopens tomorrow (July 6) as Hastings Contemporary.

Historic Wales wins Art Fund £100k prize

Historic Wales wins Art Fund £100k prize

St Fagans, Wales’s national museum of history near Cardiff, last won the £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year award.

New Museum of London cost leaps to £332m

New Museum of London cost leaps to £332m

The cost of transplanting the Museum of London from London Wall to a converted meat market at Farringdon has leaped to £332m, £80m more than had previously been projected.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Edith Piaf in White Dress, Paris, 1950, by Marilyn Stafford

London’s £1.1bn East Bank under way

London’s £1.1bn East Bank under way

Work has begun on the cultural centre in the former Olympic Park at Stratford, East London.

Changes at Opera North

Changes at Opera North

New artistic director appointed after two year gap

Russell Tovey curates Margate festival

Russell Tovey curates Margate festival

The actor Russell Tovey, most recently seen in the BBC drama serial Years and Years, is to be the guest curator for the Margate NOW festival.

Fears over tax relief plans

Museums Association concerned that tax plan could be dropped by minority government

Museum leaders fear that political uncertainty could scupper plans to introduce tax relief measures for museums and galleries.

Alistair Brown, policy officer for the Museums Association (MA), said a minority government might slow down provisions to allow tax relief for museums and galleries across the UK on new permanent, temporary and touring exhibitions.

The proposal was first mooted in the last government’s Finance Bill, but was dropped so that the Government’s budget could be pushed through before the election. 


But Neil Adleman, a partner at Harbottle and Lewis LLP, which advises cultural organisations, said, “it may be that with a minority administration what are seen to be peripheral items such as this get dropped.”

However, Alistair Brown added said that the government’s failure to gain a majority of MPs could mean a more consensual approach to Brexit, which would take into account the museums sectors concerns about freedom of movement and regulatory change.


John Kampfner, the chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said that the election result made clear that there was no mandate for a hard Brexit, and that his organisation would argue for a rethink. “This general election vote now offers the opportunity to look at the issue again.

“The Federation will push for the UK to remain in the single market and the customs union and against undue restrictions on free movement, which we know will damage the capacity of the creative industries to deliver. Non-UK EU nationals are an important part of the creative economy.”

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