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South London Gallery launches public art project with local housing estates

The South London Gallery (SLG) has launched a project to create public art with and for residents of three nearby housing estates. Over the next three years, Open Plan will commission UK-based and international artists to create artworks for the Elmington, Pelican and Sceaux Gardens estates. The project was launched on 2 August with the opening of Art Block, a free space on the Sceaux Gardens estate where local children and families can play and take part in creative activities. Artists will be asked to reimagine Art Block twice a year.
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BME and disabled people remain underrepresented in MPMs

ACE diversity report finds signs of progress in wider culture sector however Black and minority ethnic (BME) and disabled people are significantly underrepresented in Major Partner Museums (MPM) across England, according to a report released by Arts Council England (ACE).The Equality, Diversity and the Creative Case 2015-16 report is the second annual diversity survey conducted by ACE, and was launched last week at the Power Through Diversity conference in Manchester.The report outlined data su
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High profile women in the arts condemn Channel 4 board decision

Prominent women in the arts and creative industries have demanded that the government explain why the former deputy chief executive of Arts Council England (ACE) was rejected from the Channel 4 board. The decision to appoint Althea Efunshile, a black and minority ethnic woman, to the board was vetoed by culture secretary Karen Bradley, while the other four candidates – all white men – were approved. A group of women, including Bonnie Greer, former culture secretary Tessa Jowell, Valerie Amos a
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Local Heroes science scheme awards grants to 15 UK museums and galleries

Institutions will receive funding of up to £3,000 each The Royal Society has selected 15 Accredited museums and galleries from across the UK to receive funding of up to £3,000 for exhibitions and events that celebrate local science heroes and their discoveries. The Local Heroes scheme aims to engage the public with science and highlight the influence that scientists have had on local communities. The successful projects demonstrate how a variety of figures over the years have contributed to
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Site of former Snibston Discovery Museum to be sold off for housing

The site of the former Snibston Discovery Museum in Coalville will be turned into housing if planning permission for a £1.4m redevelopment goes forward. The interactive museum of industry and technology based around an old coal mine was closed in July 2015 and demolished in May this year. Leicestershire County Council said the museum’s £780,000-a-year running costs were too steep to maintain. The council is hoping to make £1m from selling off the 2.5 acre site, which it says can accommodate
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Call for museums and galleries to take part in visual arts project

Initiative is supported by the Art Fund and the Outset Contemporary Art Fund fig-2, a visual arts programme, is looking for four museum and gallery partners in the UK to host four shows each over four consecutive weeks during 2017 and 2018.The project fig-futures, supported by the charity Art Fund and Outset Contemporary Art Fund , aims to explore new ideas and spaces for displaying artwork.Participating museums and galleries will be allocated a budget to host weekly exhibition openings and e
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