Gillian Ayres dies at 88

One of the leading British abstract colourist artists of the last 50 years, Gillian Ayes, has died aged 88.

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ACNI announces round of cuts in funding

But boost for Ulster Orchestra and Belfast MAC

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‘New’ Grimms tale created by cloning

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a new Grimms fairy tale was published - 150 years after the brothers died, thanks to artificial intelligence.

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Boost for top young arts talent in schools

Government will spend £90m on most talented pupils

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New Peter Hall award after Olivier slip

The Best Director award in the Oliviers is to be renamed the Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director in future, after the slip at Sunday’s annual presentations when the founder of the RSC and director of the National Theatre was missing from the tributes section.

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Appeal to save £8m Rubens black portrait

The government has put a temporary export bar on a rare Peter Paul Rubens oil sketch, Head of an African Man Wearing a Turban.

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More arts organisations using loan finance

More arts organisations are taking out loans to run their operations, according to a report from Nesta.

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Cathy Wilkes is UK’s artist for Venice 2019

Cathy Wilkes, the Ulster-born, Glasgow-based artist who specialises in tender, autobiographical installations, has been chosen to represent the UK in the next Venice Biennale, it was announced this morning.

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Southbank’s £38m Festival Wing reopens

The Southbank Centre’s £38m “Festival Wing” refurbishment opens on Monday, April 9, with the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms and Hayward Gallery all transformed but their Brutalist 60s style preserved.

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Heritage Lottery Fund backs five Welsh projects

The Heritage Lottery Fund is spending £1.5m on five heritage and culture projects to boost local economies in Wales.

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