Archive for the ‘Artist(s)’ Category

Marvellous mechanicals

Summer 2018 exhibitions at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.

Budget highlights for creatives

Here are some highlights of yesterday’s Budget, of relevance to freelancers and small business: * From April 2018, a personal tax-free earnings allowance of £11,850 a year. Pay no tax, on annual earnings up to that amount. Good for artists and other low-income freelancers. * “No business will be required to use the Making Tax […]

Report: Bridging the Gap

There’s a new “Bridging the Gap” report on the arts and humanities in the UK. It’s the result of a one-year examination of how to improve collaborative funding-based projects with external partners. The universities were outside London, and the partners ranged from monoliths (such as the BBC and the National Trust) to local museums, theatres […]

Power to the people

A new report from environmental consultancy Julie’s Bicycle for the Arts Council shows that… “a core group of 136 arts organisations have been reporting energy use since 2012/13. The total kilowatts per hour they consume – of electricity, gas and on-site renewables – have dropped by 22% over the period. This includes a 9% decrease […]

Exhibitionists wanted in Stratford.

A fab West Midlands job, just appeared: the Royal Shakespeare Company requires an Exhibitions Officer, in Stratford-upon-Avon.

It’s a Beast…

BEAST FEaST 2018, 26th – 28th April 2018, at the University of Birmingham, UK. Three days of electroacoustic music, meetings and ideas. Sadly all the submission dates have been and gone.

“No events found”

“No events found” for BM&AG: Adults / Exhibitions. I had the same result a year ago, when researching the new 2017 exhibitions. It’s not due to the lack a date input either, as the same setting gives a range of events when ‘Exhibitions’ is not the drop-down choice.

Prospect of Bermingham (1600s)

Public domain and hi-res: “The Prospect of Bermingham, from Ravenshurst (neere London-road) on the South-east part of towne (Birmingham).” Wenceslaus Hollar of Bohemia. Might have been made at any time from around 1625-1660. Plus the British fashions of the time, by the same artist. The inscribed date on the muffs (engraved 1644 from an 1640 […]

New gallery at Wightwick Manor

The somewhat 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 […]


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 […]