Eliot Gardner quits Monteverdi Choir after alleged assault

Eliot Gardner quits Monteverdi Choir after alleged assault

Sir John Eliot Gardiner has left the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras (MCO) he founded 60 years ago after a reported assault on a singer last year.

RA removes paintings from youth show after anti-semitism complaint

RA removes paintings from youth show after anti-semitism complaint

The Royal Academy has agreed to remove two paintings from its Young Artists’ Summer Show after significant concerns were expressed by the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Tony Hall chairs Natural History Museum

Tony Hall chairs Natural History Museum

Tony Hall, the former director general of the BBC, is the new chairman of the Natural History Museum, three years after being forced to stand down as chairman of the National Gallery.

A local area’s £1m arts transformation

A local area’s £1m arts transformation

A Nottinghamshire local authority, where arts investment has been historically low, has won £1m from the Arts Council to establish a transformative three-year community programme of dance, visual art, music and craft.

‘Most joyful’ Young V&A wins £120k Art Fund prize

‘Most joyful’ Young V&A wins £120k Art Fund prize

Young V&A, the transformed Museum of Childhood in London’s East End, has won the largest museum prize in the world, the £120,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year award.

TAITMAIL  All fine and Nandy

TAITMAIL All fine and Nandy

The arts world has become used to not putting very high hopes in the appointment of a new culture secretary. There have been 12 of them in 14 years and most (with the possible exception of Nadine Dorries whose chances of further promotion were never in hard outline) saw it as a stepping stone to something bigger – Jeremy Hunt, Oliver Dowden, Matt Hancock.

Lisa Nandy is new culture secretary

Lisa Nandy is new culture secretary

Lisa Nandy, 44, has been appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in the new Starmer government, taking the cabinet post that had been intended for Thangam Debbonaire who lost her seat in the general election.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM   Image of the Month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the Month

Virginia Wade celebrates her Wimbledon triumph, Daily Mail, 3rd July 1977, by Mike Hollist

MY STORY A bigger beacon for Brighton’s bright

MY STORY A bigger beacon for Brighton’s bright

Brighton’s Lighthouse is a charity whose mission is to help young people develop their creativity through digital technology. But although it has been around for almost 40 years, Lighthouse is expanding and enlarging, launching a new “youth-led” project space on June 28 under the leadership of CEO & artistic director Alli Beddoes. She believes it could be a model for future community arts operations across the country.

Jewish Museum finds its Angel

Jewish Museum finds its Angel

The Jewish Museum, which closed its Camden premises a year ago, has appointed the TV and film producer Sally Angel as its chief executive.

Arts' Birthday Honours

Arts' Birthday Honours

Congratulations to arts and heritage leaders mentioned in the King's Birthday Honours list.

Sainsburys’ £16m lift to Cambridge Arts

Sainsburys’ £16m lift to Cambridge Arts

The Cambridge Arts Theatre, founded almost 90 years ago by John Maynard Keynes, has been given £16m by David and Susie Sainsburys’ Gatsby Charitable Trust to complete the refurbishment of the auditorium.

Mary Archer’s ACE review suspended

Mary Archer’s ACE review suspended

The DCMS-ordered review of the Arts Council led by Mary Archer has been suspended because of the general election.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM   Image of the Month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the Month

Maggie gets her hands dirty, 20th May 1983, by Roger Bamber

TAITMAIL  Good to see you, Adam…

TAITMAIL Good to see you, Adam…

Each year the Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries comes up with something at least worthy of note if not always drawing admiration: a new image of a royal, a celebrity, a famous beauty, a family member, an ordinary character that appealed to the artist or just a fine piece of painting.

Nadia Fall to head Young Vic

Nadia Fall to head Young Vic

Nadia Fall, currently artistic director of the Theatre Royal Stratford East (TRSE), is to succeed Kwame Kwei-Armah at the head of the Young Vic.

Most believe orchestras are vital – ABO survey

Most believe orchestras are vital – ABO survey

Growing public support for concert music, and in particular orchestras, has been recorded in a wide-ranging survey by the Association of British Orchestras published today.

Jenny Mollica to head ENO

Jenny Mollica to head ENO

Jenny Mollica is the new CEO of English National Opera, taking up her post immediately having been interim chief executive since Stuart Murphy stood down in August.

Arts leaders back ACE in DCMS review

Arts leaders back ACE in DCMS review

Almost 250 arts leaders have written to Dame Mary Archer (pictured) to support the Arts Council against growing criticism as she embarks on a DCMS in-depth review of the organisation.

Simon Wales to take over at Bristol Beacon

Simon Wales to take over at Bristol Beacon

Louise Mitchell’s successor as CEO of Bristol Beacon is to be Simon Wales, currently head of the Stowe House Preservation Trust.

Public wants public funding for museums – report

Public wants public funding for museums – report

In the face of swingeing cuts to the resources of local, regional and national museums, a new survey shows that the public wants our museums to be supported by public funding.

BM starts search for remake masterminds

BM starts search for remake masterminds

The British Museum has launched an international competition to find architects to redesign its western range of galleries, currently housing the Elgin Marbles, as part of its long-term £1bn restoration and recasting programme.

ACE pledges £24m more for capital investment

ACE pledges £24m more for capital investment

Arts Council England is giving £24.2m to improve cultural infrastructure in 67 organisations, it has announced today.

Seabright takes over at Horniman

Seabright takes over at Horniman

Gordon Seabright, head if the Creative Land Trust, is to be the next chief executive of the Horniman Museum in South London. He will succeed Nick Merriman, who has become CEO of English Heritage, in July.

Hull’s cultural explosion seen by 5.3m

A total audience of 5.3m went to 2,800 events in Hull during its successful UK City of Culture year in 2012, according to the University of Hull.

The university’s research showed that half the audience was from Hull, that over 95% attended at least one cultural activity in the year, with a rising level of local people willing to take part or act as volunteers.

The total number of visitors in 2017 was 6m, 1.3m more than when the bid was made in 2013. Successful applications to the Arts Council’s grants for the Arts scheme for Hull projects in the year rose by 346% https://www.hull2017.co.uk.

The report is released today as the university's culture, place and policy institute hosts a conference – Cultural Transformations: The Impacts of Hill City of Culture 2017 -  to explore the results and lessons of the city’s year in the cultural spotlight http://www.hull.ac.uk/beta/research/institutes/culture-place-and-policy-institute/culture-place-and-policy-institute.aspx.

Statistics show that 300 venues were used, 2,400 volunteers committed the equivalent of 38.5 years worth £54m, and that more than £32m, twice the original target, was raised from 80 funding partners enhancing the £3.6m investment of the city council.

The report also analyses the effects of the year in place-making and shows an increase in  residents’ pride in Hull, and publicity from more than 20,000 articles printed, broadcast and posted worth £450m. Of those who visited Hull, 75% their perceptions of the city had been changed by the visit and 61% would return. Half of the commissions were inspired by Hull’s heritage, and a £27m plan has now been launched to create a maritime heritage centre. This spring a new 3,500-seat mlti-disciplinary arts venue will open.

The report says the year demonstrated the social impact the arts can have on a population, and the conference is expected to examine how the title has worked as a catalyst for culture-led regeneration.

The Creative and Culture Company was set up to deliver the programme for 2017 and has now been permanently established to take the legacy forward. "This early evaluation shows that Hull being UK City of Culture touched the lives of almost everyone living here. It increased the already fierce pride in their city and changed perceptions here and across the country” said Katy Fuller, the company’s creative director. 

"That it has had an impact on the bottom line is fantastic, but most important is how it has empowered people, as audiences, participants and artists. It offered unparalleled opportunities for artists to take risks, try new things and flex their creativity due to the huge number of new commissions. I believe this has had a direct impact on the levels of audience engagement, resulting, as it does, in work which is relevant, resonant and truly reflects the context.

"The vision of Hull City Council and support from the many funding and creative partners cannot be overstated and this continued working together will be critical to the future success of this great city, economically and as a centre for culture and creativity."

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