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Design and architecture
What does 2020 hold for you? We at the Culture Diary, embedded within the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, are gearing up for a year of cultural activity and huge UK campaigns including:
Paisley Museum will undergo a £42m transformation beginning in 2020 after plans were approved by Renfrewshire Council.
The Category A-listed Victorian building is being upgraded to help it tell the stories of a town known around the world for its pattern.
The museum is expected to draw audiences of 125,000 people a year - almost four times current numbers - from Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally when it is due to reopen in 2022.
The designs have been produced by AL_A, a company headed by by Stirling Prize winner Amanda Levete.
Read our November 2019 newsletter featuring the collaborative ties between the UK and East Asia including the Culture Diary and Arts Council Hong Kong visual arts and design mission in December, British Council's UK in JAPAN 2019-20 and a selection of events combining East Asian and British culture.
We also request high quality imagery for the Culture Diary calendar and possible promotional opportunities.
This is in addition to our usual selection ofstrategic partner and industry news, and welcomes to our latest registered organisations.
The Culture Diary and Arts Council England is taking a delegation of visual arts leaders and emerging designers from across the UK to Hong Kong next month from 2–7 December. The mission takes place at Business of Design Week and is a direct result of working with a number of Culture Diary members eager to expand their creative and cultural practices internationally. The mission will work with the Department for International Trade and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office via the GREAT Britain Campaign.
Four internationally-renowned designers have been chosen as finalists to design a spectacular light installation in the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations.
The competition, announced earlier this year, attracted interest from across the globe. The winner will receive a £100,000 award to take their project from concept to manufacture.
The finalists will have their work will be judged by a panel chaired by Blackpool Illuminations Creative Curator Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on 20 November. The shortisted finalists are:
East London gallery Hoxton 253 presents Paper-Scissors-Rock, a solo exhibition by American collage artist Brian Reinker, opening on 21 November.
The annual London Design Festival sees a huge programme of design-focused exhibitions taking place at the V&A and across the capital in a variety of spaces.
Highlights in 2019 include:
Design is a major creative focus for the UK, as proven by its designation as the official partner for Hong Kong's Business of Design Week (BODW) 2019 taking place 2-7 December.
Working with cultural partners, GREAT Britain Campaign and Arts Council England, the Culture Diary has organised a set of missions for arts and culture delegates from various creative disciplines to capitalise on the build-up to and launch of BODW 2019. More on these soon.
Hull wants its 800 years of seafaring history to be officially recognised by becoming a Maritime City. This follows its designation as UK City of Culture in 2018 which helped revitalise the city.
In becoming Yorkshire's Maritime City, Hull would be embedded as a key part of the UK's tourism and heritage landscape.
Over the next five years, Hull will refurbish, preserve and restore four historic maritime sites and two historic ships. These are: