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6 April 2018

We’re looking for a short-term consultancy to evaluate the “Art Connects Us Sub-Saharan Africa” programme; the Department for International Trade has announced a competition to design the UK’s Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai; this years recipients of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund have been announced; and we are offering grants for UK organisations to develop partnerships in one of five countries: Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa.


The art of changing lives

Last year Hull triumphed as the UK City of Culture, not only for the outstanding performances and exhibitions it presented to the UK and wider world but for the positive impact it made to thousands of peoples lives.

The year long celebration demonstrated what can be achieved when the arts and culture are implemented into the day to day decisions of our society, from politics to education.

Read Arts Professional’s full summary of Hull’s impact

> Experience Hull City of Culture 2017 through our online arts tour



What happens at an international cultural festival?

With festival season just months away, we sat down with Juliana Engberg to discuss what you might expect at an international festival of culture. Engberg shares her experiences as the former programme Director of the European Capital of Culture, sharing her tips for audience members seeking to get the most out of their festival experience.

Read the article

Latest Trafalgar Square Fourth plinth artwork unveiled

Crowds of people gathered in the pouring rain last week to witness the unveiling of the latest sculpture to occupy Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth. New York’s Michael Rakowitz is the artist behind The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, which is a replica of Lamassu that was tragically destroyed by Islamic State in 2005. 

See the statue for yourself

CGI recreation painting transports viewers into the artwork

Fans of Damien Hirst’s The Veil of Faith are now able to experience his work in a whole other dimension. London based art studio Prudence Cumings Associates have joined forces with Hirst’s studio Science and the Gastonian Gallery to transport viewers through the surface of this famously heavily textured creation. 

Watch here


Bringing British stories to a new generation

In the 1950s Tony Richardson, John Osbourne and Harry Saltzman founded Woodfall Films, a company that would revolutionise the British film industry. They told stories that reflected the mood of Britain at the time with honest accounts of the lives of the working-class. Once one of the leading British film production companies, Woodfall is now perhaps less familiar with younger generations, however BFI Southbank are bringing these stories to a new generation.

Find out more

What draws British playwrights to Europe?

In the UK, do we take our European identity for granted? Our Culture after Brexit series continues with acclaimed writers Simon Stephens, David Greig and Zinnie Harris telling Lyn Gardner how artists in other European countries inject new meaning into their plays.

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Culture strategy for London prioritises access

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a new culture strategy for the city aptly named Culture For All Londoners. Khan aims to have “as many people as possible take part in cultural activities and have access to creative jobs”. The local community are invited to share their views on the strategy and suggest what the potential struggles might be for achieving the goals set out by the Greater London Authority. 

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