The Midlands, home to over 10 million people, is a major focus for the Government through the Midlands Engine - a coalition of councils, local enterprise partnerships, universities and businesses working with Government to build on innovation, investment and international trade, increase business skills, and continue to make the Midlands a great place to live.
China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors brought in £78m to Liverpool's economy between 7 February and 28 October during its exhibition at the World Museum Liverpool. The exhibition was a highlight of the Liverpool 2018 cultural programme.
More than 600,000 people saw the exhibition, more than any other ticketed show in the UK during 2017. The exhibition features terracotta warrior sculptures, unearthed in 1974 after around 2,000 years of remaining undiscovered, which were "guarding" the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
The Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Festivals have formed and will finance the PLACE (Platforms for Creative Excellence) programme, intended to increase the reach of the renowned annual festivals' work. They have committed £15 million across the next five years. PLACE will be supported and administered by Creative Scotland.
Projects announced to recieve money from the first three years of funding (£5.8 million) are:
Hidden amongst the treasures within Waddesdon's collection are a selection of bizarre, fantastical and mythical creatures, that until now have not received much attention.
While research is still ongoing about the provenance of many of Waddesdon’s ‘beasts’, some histories are better known. Curator Dr Mia Jackson has put together a selection of images and fascinating information about some of these creatures within the Waddesdon collection, to bring them to light for the first time.
Five of New Zealand’s leading Māori and Pasifika writers will showcase their work in the UK next month (November) alongside the high profile Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy. Their programme will include a public panel discussion with Senior Curator, Adrian Locke, at the Royal Academy, a Commonwealth Writers Conversation in front of an invited audience at the Commonwealth Foundation and a literary salon at New Zealand House with much-loved salonnière, writer and journalist Damian Barr.
Carrie Reichardt’s new exhibition for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust presents a radical perspective on Anne Hathaway, the woman who married William Shakespeare, and a playful exploration of how consumerism, popular culture and social media are changing the way we view and interpret history.
From 12 to 22 September, Canadian abstract artist KV Duong will be exhibiting new paintings from his “Identity” series alongside a film of "Turbulence", his acclaimed live body-painting performance piece, at London’s Leyden Gallery as part Platform for Emerging Arts 19.
You can watch "Turbulence" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPcqgS_yzFQ
Stephenson's Rocket, long stationed at London's Science Museum and part of its collection, will now remain in the North of England after its display as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.
The iconic feat of locomotive engineering was bult in Newcastle in 1829, and its homecoming for the Great Exhibition of the North earlier this year – the first time in 150 years – was seen as a huge highlight of the programme. It has helped increase visitors to the Discover Museum in Newcastle by over 100% on 2017.
The Brighton Digital Festival, taking place 13 September–13 October 2018, is seeking events to join its programme. Anyone organising an event, that has "meaningful engagement with digital culture", can submit it to the festival programme.
It is free to register. Submit your event. There are instructions on what is needed to submit, including a video guide.