Legacy art commissions from IWM’s WWI movie blockbuster

Legacy art commissions from IWM’s WWI movie blockbuster

Income from the Imperial War Museum’s 14-18-NOW film by director Peter Jackson, They Shall Not Grow Old, is to fund art commissions across the country.

Rees-Mogg may scrap Arts Council

Rees-Mogg may scrap Arts Council

Arts Council England and other national cultural organisations face being abolished as Jacob Rees-Mogg turns his attention to arm’s length government funded bodies in his review of government efficiency.

Dacs chief takes over at Whitechapel

Dacs chief takes over at Whitechapel

The new director of the Whitechapel Gallery is to be Gilane Tawadros, the CEO of Dacs, the guardian of artists’ copyright.

Nightingale Museum defies closure fears to reopen

Nightingale Museum defies closure fears to reopen

The Florence Nightingale Museum in St Thomas’s Hospital, London, which more than two years ago closed its doors with fears that it might never be able to open again, reopened yesterday on what would have been Nightingale’s 202nd birthday.

TAITMAIL   Museums of the Community Age

TAITMAIL Museums of the Community Age

“Why can’t we sit in a comfy armchair, drink coffee and chat while we look at art?” Kenneth Hudson liked to posit. “Why do we have to treat a visit to the museum as if it were a sepulchre where you have to stand in silence and awe?”

Museum of the Year 2022 shortlist of five

Museum of the Year 2022 shortlist of five

Five museums from Derby, London, Manchester, Oxford and Wrexham nave made it to the shortlist for the £100,000 2022 Art Fund Museum gif the Year award.

£23m for communities' cultural rebuild

£23m for communities' cultural rebuild

Cultural organisations across England will share £22.7m from the Arts Council’s Cultural Investment Programme to help them reset and prepare for development after the Covid lockdowns.

McBrinn leaves Clean Break for Dublin’s Gate

McBrinn leaves Clean Break for Dublin’s Gate

Joint artistic director and CEO Róisín McBrinn is leaving Clean Break Theatre after eight years with the company to become artistic director at the Gate, Dublin.

Ukrainian artist wins Royal Society portrait award

Ukrainian artist wins Royal Society portrait award

Ukrainian-born painter Tania Rivilis has won the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual award.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Parole beer, Wakefield, 2nd May 1953, by Thurston Hopkins for Picture Post

Alan Sparrow on Thurston Hopkins

 TAITMAIL   Munnings, riding back into the light

TAITMAIL Munnings, riding back into the light

We get cynical joy out of taking apart the characters of great artists, and usually we wait until they are dead before we lay open their dark sides: Caravaggio, Turner, Millais, Eric Gill. 

Historic £6m endows musicals professor

Historic £6m endows musicals professor

A £6m donation from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation will fund a new professorship for the Royal Academy of Music.

Swallow to leave Courtauld

Swallow to leave Courtauld

Deborah Swallow, who spearheaded the biggest development in the Courtauld Institute’s history, is to retire as its director after 18 years in the post.

Davidson-Houston to be Glyndebourne’s new MD

Davidson-Houston to be Glyndebourne’s new MD

Richard Davidson-Houston, Glyndebourne’s director of audience development, is to be the opera house’s new managing director.

Doran steps down at RSC

Doran steps down at RSC

Gregory Doran has stood down as artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company with immediate effect after 35 years with the company and ten years at its head.

 TAITMAIL   The Metal in a new city’s culture

TAITMAIL The Metal in a new city’s culture

On March 1 Southend-on-Sea became a city, completing a 20-year campaign by its MP David Amess. Its qualification for city status is obscure: it has no cathedral or university, the customary prerequisites, and mostly getting cityhood does little more than feed local pride.

Actors’ Benevolent Fund under investigation

Actors’ Benevolent Fund under investigation

The Actors’ Benevolent Fund is under investigation by the Charity Commission over concerns about its governance.

British Museum urged to halt new BP deal

British Museum urged to halt new BP deal

The British Museum has been urged by a panel of scientists and climate experts to abandon plans for a renewed sponsorship deal with BP.

Rachel Thomas to be Hayward’s chief curator

Rachel Thomas to be Hayward’s chief curator

Rachel Thomas, head of exhibitions at Irish Museum of Modern Art for 20 years, is to be the chief curator at the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre.

Phillipson, Pollard, Ryan and Sin Wai Kin up for Liverpool’s Turner Prize

Phillipson, Pollard, Ryan and Sin Wai Kin up for Liverpool’s Turner Prize

Four artists have been selected for the Turner Prize shortlist this year: Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard, Veronica Ryan and Sin Wai Kin.

  MY STORY Kyrgizstan culture’s world premiere

MY STORY Kyrgizstan culture’s world premiere

Janet Rady, curator of the Kyrgyz Republic Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale

Covid bringing new audiences to music

Covid bringing new audiences to music

A report for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra shows that Covid lockdowns, while starving orchestras and musicians of much needed income, have driven new audiences to classical music.

Throwing a new light

Throwing a new light

Three lighthouses around the UK coast have been transformed by the light artist Claire Luxton in a partnership with Hendrick’s Gin.

ALRA goes bust

ALRA goes bust

The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts - ALRA – has declared itself “no longer financially viable” and has closed both its campuses in Wandsworth and Wigan with immediate effect.

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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