Antony Sher dies

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Sir Antony Sher, perhaps the finest actor of his generation, has died aged 72, the Royal Shakespeare Company announced today.

TAITMAIL   Behind the battlements

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Nottingham Castle Museum was doing well, for a museum without much real history left to talk about, and it was getting a healthy 150,000 visitors a year - about half what Stonehenge gets - before it closed for its £30m refurb which it was hoped would double the numbers. 

Shebeen culture wins Turner Prize

Shebeen culture wins Turner Prize

Array Collective, the Belfast co-operative of 11 artists whose nominated work, The Druithaib’s Ball, is an installation centred on an illicit Irish drinking den described as “a place to gather outside the sectarian divides”, has won the 2021 Turner Prize.

ACE’s £38.3m for local culture

ACE’s £38.3m for local culture

Arts Council England has today announced grants worth £38.3m for the programme that makes partners of cultural organisations and communities.

Bird to quit SOLT and UK Theatre

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Julian Bird is to stand down as CEO of the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre after more than 11 years. 

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

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London’s East End, June, 1957, by Frank Pocklington

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Sacha Craddock stands down at New Contemporaries

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Eilish McGuinness takes over at NHLF

Eilish McGuinness takes over at NHLF

Eilish McGuinness is to take over from Ros Kerslake as CEO of the National Heritage Lottery Fund at the end of the year.

Lewisham’s year of diverse culture

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Lewisham is to be London’s next Borough of Culture for 2022, focusing on diversity, activism and the climate emergency in a programme that was announced at the Rivoli Ballroom today.

Emmie Kell is ACE's new museums chief

Emmie Kell is ACE's new museums chief

Emmie Kell, CEO of the Cornwall Museums Partnership, is to be Arts Council England’s new director of museums and cultural property.

Merger creates Creative UK

Merger creates Creative UK

The Creative Industries Federation and Creative England have merged today to become Creative UK, bringing together the advocacy work of one body and the investment expertise and practical support of the other.

Kathryn Jacob to chair HOME

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33% of musicians still earning nothing from music

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£1m hunt for young museumgoers as ‘perfect storm’ looms

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The Art Fund has launched a £1m fundraising campaign to help museums attract under 24-year-olds.

Another £107m for arts recovery

Another £107m for arts recovery

Almost 1,000 arts organisations are to benefit from a new round of £107m worth of grants from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

£5m for community jubilee parties

£5m for community jubilee parties

A new Arts Council fund is offering £5m to help voluntary and community organisations celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee next year.

Curators share £300k development funding

Curators share £300k development funding

The Art Fund has named the 11 museum professionals that will share the Headley Fellowship’s grants this year worth £302,500 to extend their collections knowledge.

THE WORD   Under-estimating the power of the tweet

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Birthday royal sculptures for Albert Hall

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The Royal Albert Hall has commissioned sculptures of the Queen, Prince Philip, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert from four young artists to mark its 150th anniversary.

Ten Manchester music creatives offered £1k development packages

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Manchester International Festival is offering £1,000 each to ten local musicians to help them create new work as part of its MIF Sounds initiative, launched last year at the height of the pandemic.

Florence Nightingale joins Lord Mayor’s parade

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Marking the completion of her 200th birthday celebrations., Florence Nightingale joined the Lord Mayor of London’s Show at the weekend.

Giant print plant plays host to classical experiment

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A printing plant that once one of the largest in Europe has been the venue for a pioneering immersive concert.

Mariam Zulfiqar to lead Artangel

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Mariam Zulfiqar, Forestry England’s contemporary art programme manager since March this year, is to be the new director or of the public art producer Artangel.

Barbican takes action after damning discrimination report

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The Barbican has vowed to take decisive action “to build a culture where staff feel confident, valued and respected” following a damning report by an independent investigation team.

£20 million Great Place Scheme kicks off

ACE/HLF announce pilot projects for cultural investment

 

Details of the pilot projects of the £20 million Great Place Scheme – designed to spur cultural investment in areas which have traditionally had less participation in the arts -  have just been announced.

 

Sixteen successful bids have been accepted, including:

Barnsley and Rotherham - £1,264,000

Funding will allow the boroughs to work with deprived communities who were hit hard by the decline in traditional industries, increasing engagement culture, tackling social issues and using heritage stories to reignite a sense of local pride and ambition. 

Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft - £737,900

A ‘cultural reimagining’ of the two seaside towns will build on recent National Lottery investment, including the HLF-funded Venetian Waterways in Great Yarmouth.  Funding will support the creation of a local cultural strategy, increase cultural education for children and young people to inspire a strong sense of place and local pride, and allow the local authority to attract visitors, using arts and heritage to drive economic growth. 

 

Gloucester- £1,489,200

National Lottery funding for Gloucester has improved parts of the town centre and paid for major work to the Cathedral.  The City Council now has a vision to transform how historic buildings and outdoor spaces are used and viewed by local people, supporting those who live, work and play in the city to follow their cultural interests, passions and vocations.  The aim is to devolve custodianship of culture from the city council to a new, diverse and active Gloucester Culture Trust. 

 

Walthamstow - £1,355,600

 

National Lottery funding for projects including the William Morris Gallery, local parks and a new wetlands habitat, means the local authority wants to finish the by celebrating and deepening understanding of the unique local heritage and cultural diversity. Putting arts and heritage at the heart of regeneration schemes and supporting local skills to enhance employment will give current and future residents a better quality of life.

 

The 16 pilot areas will now be carrying out a range of activities, including

 

  • exploring new ways to include arts and heritage in the provision of local education or health services;
  • research into the contribution made by arts and heritage to local economies;
  • funding for people working in arts and heritage to build networks and increase their skills;
  •          exploring and piloting new ways of financing cultural organisations;
  • encouraging the use of existing powers that allow communities to support their local culture, such as theCommunity Right to Bid or listing local landmarks as Assets of Community Value; and
  • development of local strategies that maximise the community benefit that local arts and heritage can deliver.

Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund Ros Kerslake said:

“The Great Place Scheme is something new and really quite radical.  The aim is to bring together National Lottery investment and local ambition, to make a difference to people across entire communities.  It’s a bold plan and I am looking forward to seeing some innovative and exciting results from these 16 pilot projects.”

Arts Council England Chief Executive Darren Henley said:

“This new investment will make a big difference to people in areas where there's a genuine commitment to embed arts, culture and heritage in everyday life. The Great Place Scheme will enrich towns and cities across the country, delivering real economic and social benefits."

 

Twelve other projects with funding announced today are:

  • Coventry City of Culture Trust(West Midlands) – ‘Place, heritage and diversity in a modern UK city’ - £1,489,200
  • Craven District Council(Yorkshire and the Humber) – ‘Crossing the Watersheds’ £1,340,300
  • Derbyshire County Council(East Midlands) – ‘Vital Valley: A creative future for Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site’ - £1,285,800
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority(North West) - Stronger together: a culturally diverse and democratic city region - £1,489,255
  • Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation(London) – ‘Made In Park Royal’ - £1,489,200
  • Reading Borough Council(South East) – ‘Reading-on-Thames’ - £558,400
  • Rural Media Charity(West Midlands) – ‘Herefordshire's a Great Place’ - £748,200
  • Sunderland Culture(North East) – ‘Sunderland Comes of Age’ - £1,249,900
  • Tees Valley Combined Authority(North East) – ‘Greater Tees’ - £1,332,500
  • The Creative Foundation(South East) – ‘Pioneering Places: East Kent’ - £1,489,200
  • Torbay Economic Development Company Ltd(South West) – ‘Torbay, a place to feel great’ - £1,191,400
  • Visit County Durham(North East) – ‘Northern Heartlands’ - £1,489,200

 

The Great Place Scheme, is initially being piloted in 16 locations across England. HLF expects to open the Scheme in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland during 2017.

 

Funding comes from HLF and Arts Council England, each of which are contributing £10m for projects lasting up to three years.  The scheme aims to ensure that the considerable investment in culture made by organisations like the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Arts Council England has the maximum positive impact on jobs, economic performance, educational attainment, community cohesion and health and wellbeing; and to enable ambitious civic organisations and local businesses and communities to invest in and put culture at the heart of their thinking.

 

 

 

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