Culture

Shifting Identities, New Stories at the Government Art Collection

Chantal Condron

, April 17, 2018 — Culture

Government Art Collection Curator, Information & Research (Modern & Contemporary Art)

Shifting Identities, New Stories opens at the Government Art Collection (GAC) on 16 April marking the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. Exploring themes that connect to a sense of identity and place are paintings, sculptures, photographic works and prints related to Commonwealth cultural identities.Spanning nearly 80 years of art, the…

Association of British Orchestras celebrates 70th birthday

Mark Pemberton

, April 5, 2018 — Culture

It’s 1946 and Britain is rebuilding itself after the war. That August, the Arts Council of Great Britain is granted a Royal Charter to champion and develop art and culture across the country. The following month, the BBC’s Third Programme makes its first broadcast.What connects these two momentous events? In December 1947 the Arts Council…

Visual artist Lola Betiku shares what the Commonwealth means to her

Lola Betiku

, March 16, 2018 — Culture

Visual Artist

My names Lola Betiku abbreviated LABET and I’m an east London based visual artist of West African descent. Born in the United Kingdom, my particular connection to the commonwealth derives through my heritage being from Nigeria, which stands 57 years as an independent country. My style of work can be described as figurative, being heavily…

Commonwealth Connections

Lindsay Pell

, — Culture

Senior Producer BBC Scotland

Can you name all fifty-three member countries of The Commonwealth spanning Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific? No? Neither could I before embarking on this wide-ranging Radio 3 series without the help of a map, a quick internet search and the occasional assistance of a magnifying glass for some of the smaller countries. For…

The Terracotta Warriors have arrived

Michael Ellis

, February 9, 2018 — China

Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism

The Terracotta Warriors are one of the world’s most iconic cultural treasures. The underground army of life-sized warriors secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, for over 2,000 years. Now, for the first time in over a decade, they are being displayed in the UK at the World Museum, part of…

Six works marking 6 February

Chantal Condron

, February 6, 2018 — Culture

Government Art Collection Curator, Information & Research (Modern & Contemporary Art)

Government Art Collection Curator Chantal Condron selects six works from the Collection to mark the passing of the Representation of the People Act 100 years ago, when women (over 30) won the right to vote in the UK.Pioneering activist and writer, Mary Wollstonecraft argued for the equality of women and men, and for women’s representation. Her…

Celebrating equal rights

Sue Owen

, — Civil Society

Permanent Secretary, DCMS

Today marks a significant anniversary in the history of the campaign for equal rights. The UK Suffrage movement pioneered democratic dissent against inequality laws and attitudes, championing the rights of women to vote and stand as MPs.One hundred years ago today Parliament passed The Representation of the People Act, the first step to women being…

Why our theatres must be protected

Michael Ellis

, January 31, 2018 — Culture

Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism

Theatre is the beating heart of our creative industries. It makes a significant contribution to the artistic and financial strength of the sector. In London alone, almost twice as many people visit the theatre every year as buy Premier League football tickets. But theatre’s impact is not only felt in the capital. Regional theatre and…

A Happy Christmas in Cornwall

Jerome Tait

, December 23, 2017 — Culture

Listing Adviser for Historic England

The name of Daphne Du Maurier may not conjure up Christmas in most people’s minds but it was her “high spot of the year” due, in part, to her bolt hole in Cornwall called ‘Ferryside’, which has just been listed at Grade II by the Heritage Minister John Glen on the advice of Historic England.…

Making churches more sustainable

Bernard Taylor

, December 20, 2017 — Culture

Chairman of the English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review

For centuries church buildings have played a pivotal role in our communities and remain at the heart of villages, towns and cities across the country. In leading the review into church sustainability, it has been my task to consider the best way to assure the future of these historic buildings.  There are 16,000 parish churches…