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.

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

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

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

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

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

Campaign saves history of art A-level

Exam board steps in to offer subject after public outcry The history of art A-level has been saved following a high-profile campaign that criticised the decision by examination board AQA to scrap the subject in 2018.AQA was the last exam board in England to offer the history of art A-level and announced in October that the subject would no longer be available on the English college curriculum.The Pearson exam board has stepped in and will develop new A-levels in the history of art, with teachin

Helen Marten wins Turner Prize

Award follows her recent Hepworth Prize for Sculpture victory Helen Marten won the Turner Prize 2016 at Tate Britain this week, following her victory last month in the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. The £25,000 Turner Prize was awarded to the 31-year-old artist from Macclesfield by author Ben Okri during a live broadcast on the BBC. Marten received the prize for works including Lunar Nibs, showcased at the 56th Venice Biennale, and her solo exhibition Eucalyptus Let Us In held at the Greene Na

Heritage participation gap narrows between rich and poor areas

Heritage participation is increasing the most among adults from lower socio-economic groups and black and minority ethnic groups, causing the class “participation gap” to drop, according to a report published by the heritage agency Historic England The difference in heritage participation between people living in the least and most deprived areas has gone from a gap of 44 percentage points in 2009-10 to a gap of 24 percentage points in 2015-16.Historic England said it does not know why this tren