Lawrence's Wellington saved for nation

Sir Thomas Lawrence's unfinished portrait of the Duke of Wellington has been saved for the nation following a public appeal that raised almost £1m.

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Ally Pally restoration starts

Work has begun on the £27m restoration of Alexandra Palace.

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Elaine Bedell to head up Southbank Centre

ITV’s director of entertainment, Elaine Bedell, is to be the new chief executive of the Southbank Centre, starting in May.

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Peer demands ‘Make local arts funding statutory’

Local authorities should be legally required to fund the arts, crossbench peer Lord Clancarty has told the House of Lords.

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BBC leads ‘unprecedented’ nation-wide culture rescue mission

The BBC has joined up with the four British arts councils and with organisations such as the National Theatre and the Young Vic to launch a five year drive to bring new audiences to the arts, against a stark a warning from the BBC’s chief that without such initiatives live venues will close.

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Serota launches arts education probe

In his first speech as chairman of Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota has launched an investigation into how creativity among young people can best be nurtured.

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ACE awards nearly £4 million for library projects

Arts Council England and DCMS have awarded 30 local authorities’ libraries services £3.9 million for innovative projects.

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Mosul monument wins next Plinth spot

Michael Rakowitz and Heather Phillipson have won the next two commissions for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, with Rakowitz’s The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist going up next year.

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Arts leaders step up EBacc campaign

100 signatures on letter to Prime Minister urging reversal of controversial school policy

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Theatres want Gardner blog back

More than 40 theatres sign letter calling for reinstatement of critic’s blog.

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