$100m initiative to protect ancient culture

23 Sep 2019

The Getty Trust, established by oil tycoon John Paul Getty, has announced the fund to save ancient culture from war, climate change and ageing. The fund will sponsor earthquake strengthening works for scultpures, emergency conservation training for specialists, and digital mapping of archaeological sits at Pompeii and Catalhoyuk, central Turkey.

World's first Vagina Museum to open

20 Sep 2019

The London-based institution will open in November following a successful £50,000 crowdfunding campaign. Director Florence Schechter said the museum will feature art exhibitions, plays, workshops, comedy nights and child-friendly programmes for families and schools.

Arts to benefit from £95m heritage scheme

20 Sep 2019

A Historic England fund established to "breathe new life into historic buildings" will be shared between 69 high streets across the country. Wigan has successfully bid for money to restore its Royal Court Theatre, and up to £1.3m is expected to go towards repairing the historic buildings in Leeds. Final grants will be confirmed in January.

Scotland consults on tourist tax

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19 Sep 2019

There are calls for the government to consider exempting all Scottish residents from the proposed levy, which would be collected by accommodation providers.

‘Cathedrals of culture’ competition mooted by City of Culture founder 

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19 Sep 2019

Phil Redmond said partnerships between rural areas and their historic religious buildings could help make both relevant and culturally sustainable.

Council plans to run museum with volunteers

19 Sep 2019

Derbyshire County Council will investigate using volunteers to run Buxton Museum in a bid to cut its five-year budget by £70,000. The plan mirrors the transfer of the council's libraries into community management, which was was rolled out to save the authority about £1.6 million.

Ballerina jailed for kicking policeman

19 Sep 2019

Daiana Andreas Rivera, 33, was attempting to return to Madrid when she drunkenly kicked a police officer in the groin at London's Heathrow Airport. A prosecutor said Rivera had lost her passport and was late to catch her flight when the kicking happened.

Music researcher given two weeks to leave UK

18 Sep 2019

Scottish MPs are backing the right of Edinburgh University researcher Dr Elizabeth Ford, an expert in 18th-century Scottish music, to remain in the UK after eight years living in the country. University leaders have said her case highlights flaws in the visa system for academics that risk cutting the talent pipeline to higher education.

Demarco: Scottish sculpture faces 'daunting' future

18 Sep 2019

Artist Richard Demarco says politicians need to afford the artform greater importance in public life. "Scottish sculpture has been under-celebrated even though the country has been home to some highly important sculptors," Demarco said.

Arts and culture workers join climate strike

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17 Sep 2019

National Theatre staff say the protest is “the beginning of a discussion in which we will push for our theatre to divest from big oil sponsorship”.

London’s Olympia to become ‘world-leading cultural hub’

17 Sep 2019

A £1bn redevelopment of the events centre is expected to create a “substantial increase in both the quantity of arts and cultural activity that could be accommodated, and the quality of that activity”.

Banksy's former agent quits his own gallery

17 Sep 2019

Steve Lazarides is leaving the art dealing business two years after opening his gallery, Lazinc, in Mayfair, London. Lazarides said running a gallery is "too expensive", and cited snobbery and the death of subculture in the art world as the reasons for his decision.

Council creates £90k arts fund by taxing developers

17 Sep 2019

London's Hackney Council has already distributed thousands of pounds to support an arts exhibition, dance theatre group, pottery workshops, a creative teacher training scheme and local venue Hoxton Hall. The Shoreditch and Hoxton Arts Fund comes from Section 106 contributions, which are paid by developers whose projects will have significant impacts on an area.

British Council urged to clarify its use of UK culture

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16 Sep 2019

A report says the organisation is confusing the distinct aims of attracting investment and developing broader influence.

Professor ‘at heart of Nazi elite’ worked for top London galleries

16 Sep 2019

In 1947 the National Gallery and the Courtauld Institute of Art arranged for German art restorer Professor Kurt Wehlte to come to London to share his expertise with the institutions. Morwenna Blewett, a research fellow at the Ashmolean Museum and Worcester College, University of Oxford, said that Wehlte operated “at the heart of the Nazi cultural and criminal elite” and that his links to the Third Reich would have been known by British and US authorities.

£6m visual arts centre planned in Dorset town

16 Sep 2019

The Paddock Project, which has received funding from a local philanthropist, is set to open in Sherborne in 2022. Alongside two galleries, the venue will include a cinema and performance space, and two studios for events and activities.

New diversity targets: ACE’s policy leads share their thinking on draft strategy

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13 Sep 2019

Arts Council England responds to questions from ArtsProfessional and the sector exploring its plans for the next 10 years.

Helen Whately appointed Arts Minister

13 Sep 2019

The former Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Education Minister recently came under fire for supporting education policy that would “destroy genuine creativity”.

Rooftop theatre solves noise concerns

13 Sep 2019

Bluetooth headphones will be used at an upcoming film festival programme at The Potemkin Theatre in Haggerston, London, assuaging noise concerns from the local council and its residents. Hackney Council had commissioned an acoustic report into the venue that indicated the owners would otherwise have been obliged to spend thousands of pounds on sound deadening works.

Council consults on 'options' for Doncaster museum

13 Sep 2019

Doncaster Council is surveying residents' ideas for the future of the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery as the 2020 opening of a new Central Library and Museum approaches. The museum will become the new home of the Doncaster Archives, but the council says it wants to "get a feel for what else people would like to see inside the building and on the surrounding grounds". 


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