Archive for the ‘Artist(s)’ Category

New gallery at Wightwick Manor

The William Morris -associated house near Wolverhampton, Wightwick Manor, has a new gallery opening soon. “We’ve begun work converting the Old Malthouse into an exciting new art gallery. The gallery will open in April 2017 with the launch of our partnership with the De Morgan Foundation.”

Kate McGwire

Kate McGwire

Dull Brum

A stunning level of boring uniformity and dullness was on show to the press yesterday, as Birmingham’s bosses officially backed the Coventry bid for City of Culture. Expect better odds on the gritty bid from Stoke-on-Trent as the winner of City of Culture, from today.

New Art Gallery, old leftist tactics

I see that the bedraggled remnants of the political left are scaremongering widely in the media around a possible “closure” of Walsall’s New Art Gallery. Aided by Walsall’s Labour-led council, which used the word “closure” as part of a pitch aimed at justifying and driving through a rise in Council Tax. One has to dig […]

Kenneth Clark

Wonderful to see that there’s a major new biography of the great Kenneth Clark, Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and Civilisation. Country Life has a review of the book. The review gives a nice anecdote about the impact of Clark’s magnificent Civilisation series, on art appreciation in Stoke-on-Trent… “Even when the programmes were first broadcast, in […]

Kidding?

BMAG gives up entirely on the quaint notion that temporary exhibitions might actually be for adults…

Postgrad student loans

The government’s new postgrad student loans are here. If you plan to take a Masters course from 1st August 2016, you can apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs. All types of courses are eligible, including media and the arts. Payback only starts when you start […]

Karen Bradley, new Culture Secretary

Very good news that a local West Midlands MP, Karen Bradley MP (Staffordshire Moorlands), has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. She’s based in the north of the West Midlands, just north-east of Stoke-on-Trent. Here’s my quick 60-minute ‘instant analysis’, for what it’s worth… Bradley grew up seeing […]

Harvard’s library of rare colours

Harvard has a special collection of “rare colours”, the Forbes Pigment Collection… “a floor-to-ceiling wall of color compiled between about 1910 and 1944 by the director of the Fogg Art Museum.”

The new White Paper on Culture

The government’s new Culture White Paper has just been published. Here’s my quick summary of points which seem relevant to the West Midlands, and which were not raised in the recent budget speech… * “A new cultural citizens programme [to] be led by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund [which] will reach across […]

West Mids events listing 2016

Slightly later than usual, this year, the D’log West Mids events 2016 forward events listing. Just the fab stuff, as usual, mostly Birmingham. Highlights include: Music Interaction Design (MiXD) 2016. Develop3D live. Rhythm Changes (conference on jazz music). Comics Uncovered.

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement – measures on arts and cultural industries

Some notes on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today, in terms of new measures likely to affect the arts and creative industries:- * The Small Business Rate Relief scheme will be extended for another year. * Apprenticeship funding will be increased and expanded, there will be a total of “3 million apprentices” by 2020. * “Every […]

Birmingham Science Fiction Group

Birmingham Science Fiction Group, with a focus on literary science-fiction…

Visit the British Museum using Google Streetview

You can walk through the British Museum, using Google Streetview… “Built over 15 months with the help of a Google employee with a camera on wheels … completed by the Google Cultural Institute after hours, with special lightbulbs being installed to ensure the lighting remained the same through the galleries.”

Birmingham’s new Cultural Strategy 2015-2019

Birmingham’s new Cultural Strategy 2015-2019 is now open for public consultation. Stripped of Council-speak it might be boiled down to… * integrate culture with new developments and the city’s big infrastructure / transport projects. * integrate culture with the more mundane and everyday type of public services. * promote the Jewellery Quarter as a centre […]

World Map of Stereotypes

Amazingly detailed and complete, a new World Map of Stereotypes…

What is might cost to get a short graphic novel made?

A new edition of the What do Comic Creators Earn? table, this week. So it seems like £130 per page for line-art + colouring would get art from a mid-range artist. I’m assuming that the writer is the one commissioning the artist directly and can do things like… * the finished script * provide the […]

Garden of Cosmic Speculation

“The Garden of Cosmic Speculation” is an amazing garden landscape in the hills at Crawick, Scotland (about thirty-five miles north of Carlisle/Gretna Green). It appears that it’s now maturing nicely. Somehow I totally missed news of the official opening of this, back in July. (Video).

L.S. Lowry and Arthur Berry: observers of urban life

The major show L.S. Lowry and Arthur Berry: observers of urban life premieres at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent, until 10th January 2015 (£5).

Edward Robert Hughes

Enchanted Dreams: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Edward Robert Hughes is a major show in Birmingham city centre’s Gas Hall, from 17th October 2015 (£7). Picture: Edward Robert Hughes, “Oh, what’s that in the hollow, so pale, I quake to follow?”.