Cardiff national museum may close after Gething refuses help

Cardiff national museum may close after Gething refuses help

National Museums Wales’ Cardiff flagship may have to close and 90 jobs will be axed after the Welsh government refused to step in to help.

£14.8m for industrial heritage skill building

£14.8m for industrial heritage skill building

Seven industrial heritage projects across the UK that focus on training for traditional skills are to benefit from a £14.8m grant package from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

TAITMAIL Despite the odds, orchestras are hooking new concert-goers

TAITMAIL Despite the odds, orchestras are hooking new concert-goers

This weekend, for two nights, the enormous 40,000 seat La Defense arena - which doubles as a concert venue and a rugby stadium - will be filled with excited youngsters eager to hear, not a pop star or a rock group, but the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM   Image of the Month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the Month

Sylvester Mittee’s hands by Eamonn McCabe, 1981, The Observer

Cullinan to be next BM director

Cullinan to be next BM director

Nicholas Cullinan, currently director of the National Portrait Gallery, is to head the British Museum in possibly its most troubled period in its 256-year history. The appointment was approved by 10 Downing Street today.

English Heritage opens to food bank customers

English Heritage opens to food bank customers

Users of food banks will be able to visit English Heritage properties free over the Easter break.

£33m levelling up money for museums and libraries

£33m levelling up money for museums and libraries

Nearly 70 museums and libraries in England are to benefit from the latest round of funding from the government’s Cultural Investment Fund (CIF).

TAITMAIL    Chatsworth: The future for stately homes that can no longer be merely visitor attractions

TAITMAIL Chatsworth: The future for stately homes that can no longer be merely visitor attractions

For as long as anyone can remember, Chatsworth House’s logo has been the imposing Palladian façade, a forbidding aspect. Not anymore. 

South Ken back on the street…

South Ken back on the street…

South Kensington’s arts and science institutions are combining to stage the fifth Great Exhibition Street Festival this summer.

Creative exports still rising despite Brexit

Creative exports still rising despite Brexit

The UK’s creative industries' service exports have continued to rise despite Covid and Brexit, according to a new report from the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (Creative PEC) published today.

Campbell leaves Theatre Wales after grant slashed

Campbell leaves Theatre Wales after grant slashed

Lorne Campbell is standing down as artistic director and CEO of National Theatre Wales in the middle of a restructure that follows the 100% cut in its Arts Council Wales grant.

Mary Archer to lead ACE in review

Mary Archer to lead ACE in review

A DCMS-ordered review of Arts Council England is to be led by the scientist and former chair of the Science Museum Mary Archer.

Arts can lead UK’s growth – Starmer

Arts can lead UK’s growth – Starmer

Culture and creativity are the soft power than can lead Britain’s economic recovery, Labour leader Kier Starmer said yesterday.

Sandy Nairne to chair Art Fund

Sandy Nairne to chair Art Fund

Sandy Nairne, the former director of the National Portrait Gallery, is to be the next chairman of Art Fund, succeeding the one-time culture secretary Lord Smith in the autumn.

Frazer ‘disappointed’ at councils’ arts cuts

Frazer ‘disappointed’ at councils’ arts cuts

Culture secretary Lucy Frazer has laid the blame for local arts funding cuts firmly with councils, pointing to emergency government funding devised to help, while “well managed” authorities are not making draconian cuts to cultural projects.

MY STORY. –– Beth Robertson is leading a unique five-day event, I Am festival

MY STORY. –– Beth Robertson is leading a unique five-day event, I Am festival

The I Am festival, running in London for the week March 11 to 15, is the only event of its kind to focus on deaf, disabled and neurodivergent young people aged over 16, with the support of Graeae Theatre Company, the neurodivergent ped company BLINK Dance and Coney, the arts and social change charity, among others. But it is not taking place in out of-the-way community centres or found space. Co-created with SEND special needs and disabilities (SEND) settings, creative practitioners and a team of young cultural ambassadors the I Am festival, organised by the not-for-profit organisation A New Direction, takes place principally at Sadler’s Wells, Tate Modern, Kensington Palace and the National Theatre.

SPOTLIGHT:  Art – Barking’s Trojan horse in the battle for social care

SPOTLIGHT: Art – Barking’s Trojan horse in the battle for social care

In our occasional Spotlight series we look at an International Women’s Day event that is part of a wider collaboration of artist, social workers and residents

‘Where are the champions of the arts?’

‘Where are the champions of the arts?’

Culture and theatres in particular are in crisis but have no collective voice to make their case, said Graeme Farrow, artistic director of the Wales Millennium Centre, today.

 BUDGET: New tax relief for theatres and orchestras

BUDGET: New tax relief for theatres and orchestras

Permanent tax relief for theatres and orchestras announced by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt in his Budget have been widely welcomed.

Sarah Bardwell to take over at RPO

Sarah Bardwell to take over at RPO

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is to have a new managing director for its 2024-25 season. Sarah Bardwell is to take over from James Williams.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM   Image of the Month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the Month

Kiss Me Hardy by George Phillips, 27th March 1981, Daily Mirror

TAITMAIL  How Wonder Boy and Captain Chatter are breaking the funding mould

TAITMAIL How Wonder Boy and Captain Chatter are breaking the funding mould

There’s a mystical charm about how Ross Willis’s play Wonder Boy is being got on national tour that is counterintuitively uplifting in this worst of times for the arts economy. A play, whose subject matter you would think would make it out of the question for any hard-pressed presenting house, is going to get a 12-week 11 theatre tour, with a message its supporters are saying should get it into the national curriculum.

ACE backs off from 'activism' threat

ACE backs off from 'activism' threat

Arts Council England has backed off from threats to cut funding to organisations they find are “engaging in activism”, admitting that its update “was open to misinterpretation”.

Canadian Saltzman to be Barbican arts director

Canadian Saltzman to be Barbican arts director

Devyani Saltzman, the director of public programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario, is to be the Barbican’s director for arts and participation, completing the arts centre’s management reconstruction under CEO Claire Spencer.

£8.5m Gainsborough plan – what do you think?

Neighbours of Gainsborough’s House at Sudbury in Suffolk are being invited to give their opinion of an £8.5m expansion of the museum set in the painter’s birthplace.

A one-day exhibition on Thursday, November 17, will give local people a chance to talk to the architects and project manager of the scheme which would convert an adjacent building to provide new exhibitions space and studios, offering community members the chance to learn valuable skills.   

“This nationally significant project represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for Gainsborough’s House” says its director Mark Bills. “It has enormous support, yet we still need to secure £1m by March 2018 to ensure the project goes ahead.”

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