ACE grants up £37m a year, boost for regions

Arts Council England is to increase its grant budget by £37m a year for the period 2018-22, with £622m of lottery and grant in aid combined, as it switches emphasis from London to the regions.

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Kate Brindley moves on

Kate Brindley is to leave the Arnolfini at Bristol where she has been chief executive for three years to take on a new post at Chatsworth House.

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A new piece in solving Magritte puzzle

Conservators at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery believe they have taken a major step towards solving the mystery of a lost painting by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte.

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Hull launches its £32m year of culture

“Hull has always had a unique cultural voice and in 2017 it will roar” declared the year’s director, Martin Green, beneath a sign saying “Everyone back to ours in 2017”.

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Tate acquires its earliest painting by a woman

The Tate has acquired Joan Carlile’s Portrait of an Unknown Lady, painted in the 1650s and the earliest work in its collection by a woman.

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Scottish arts companies sign gender pledge

Half of board members to be women by 2020

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Sunderland bid for ACE cash

City wants new arts auditorium

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Hull doubles culture city funding target

Hull, the UK’s City of Culture for 2017, has almost doubled its funding target of £18m, with £32m secured a week before the year-long programme is announced.

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Franklin's lost ship shows up in exhibition

Edward Landseer's portrayal of Sir John Franklin's ship HMS Terror, lost in the search for the North-West Passage in 1848 and discovered only this month beneath the Arctic waters, is to go on display at the Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London.

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Serota takes over as ACE chair

Steps down from Tate after 28 years

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