Antony Sher dies

Antony Sher dies

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

TAITMAIL   Behind the battlements

TAITMAIL Behind the battlements

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

Bird to quit SOLT and UK Theatre

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

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

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

Alan Sparrow talks to Frank Pocklington about his favourite Picture Post photograph

Sacha Craddock stands down at New Contemporaries

Sacha Craddock stands down at New Contemporaries

Sacha Craddock is stepping down as chair of New Contemporaries, the organisation set up more than 70 years ago to support emerging visual artists with touring exhibitions of their work.

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

Lewisham’s year of diverse culture

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

Kathryn Jacob to chair HOME

Kathryn Jacob, CEO of the cinema advertising agency Pearl & Dean, is to be the new chair of the Manchester arts centre HOME.

33% of musicians still earning nothing from music

33% of musicians still earning nothing from music

A third of our professional musicians are earning nothing from music and 87% are earning less than £1,000 a month, according to new figures today from the charity Help Musicians.

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

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

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

THE WORD Under-estimating the power of the tweet

Social media have become essential to arts organisations, says a new report, and often rely on underpaid and under-resourced operators. Alice Kent of the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre asks what can professional networks, industry, funders and policy-makers do to ensure that digital workers are better supported

Birthday royal sculptures for Albert Hall

Birthday royal sculptures for Albert Hall

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

Ten Manchester music creatives offered £1k development packages

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

Florence Nightingale joins Lord Mayor’s parade

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

Giant print plant plays host to classical experiment

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

Mariam Zulfiqar to lead Artangel

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

Barbican takes action after damning discrimination report

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.

UK arts organisations win £3.2m in EU funds

Increased success for UK, despite Brexit fears

UK based arts organisations are still winning bids for EU funds, despite fears ovetr the impact of Brexit.

New figures from Creative Europe UK, which manages the UK end of the Creative Europe funding stream, shows that 35 creative, cultural and heritage organisations have won €3.2 million to work on collaborative projects with European partner organisations. 

This means that of 79 Cooperation Projects, 30 involve UK organisations, making the UK one of the most partnered countries in the major strand of Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme. Creative Europe UK says that also represents a 30% increase since 2016. 

Christoph Jankowski, Head of Culture of Creative Europe Desk UK, said that the success of Uk organisations shows that they are still highly sought after by European partners. He added, “It also confirms that our post-referendum messages of reassurance about the continued eligibility of the UK in the programme are being heard.”

11 of the selected Large Cooperation Projects involve UK organisations: 10 as partners and one as a lead. 

Cambridge-based theatre organisation New International Encounter is leading on a project with with partners from Spain, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Germany and Austria. I Will Be Everything, awarded €812,046, is a theatre and participation project that asks children to imagine their future selves and future world.

Welsh National OperaOpera North and Royal Opera House are three of the partners in Opera Vision, led by Opera Europa and awarded €1,993,000, which offers a free online curated season of European Opera in partnership with 30 theatres from 19 countries.

Smaller projects include the PRS Foundation, awarded €200,000 for Keychange,  a talent development initiative to empower networks of female artists and innovators to showcase and collaborate at music industry festivals

The next call for Cooperation Projects is expected in autumn 2017. 

Full list of UK organisations in 2017 Cooperation Projects

UK lead organisations

  • Quarantine 
  • ArtReach 
  • Crying Out Loud 
  • D&AD 
  • Performing Right Society Foundation (PRS Foundation) 
  • New International Encounter 
  • Abandon Normal Devices

UK partner organisations

  • Royal College of Art
  • Creative Skillset
  • Performing Arts Network & Development Agency - PANDA
  • Liverpool Sound City
  • Opera North
  • Royal Opera House
  • Welsh National Opera
  • Writing West Midlands 
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • OpenUp Music
  • University of Manchester
  • Lighthouse Arts & Training
  • Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Not Just a Label
  • Teeside University
  • Creative Kernow
  • Yorkshire Dance Centre Trust
  • Ironworks 
  • Kirklees Theatre Trust
  • Gravity & Levity
  • Writers' Centre Norwich
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • Independent Arts Council
  • University of Sussex
  • Festival of Fools 
  • org
  • Leeds Beckett University

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