Its official Onwards and Upwards, Trowbridge Museum's £2.4 million expansion plans were given a significant boost this week with a National Lottery grant of £1,172,500. This was the biggest grant to be awarded in Wiltshire.
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Illuminating India, launched on 3 October 2017, is Science Museum's ambitious programme showcasing the impact of Indian civilisation on science, technology and mathematics.
Sotheby’s has announced two winners of the recently-launched Sotheby’s Prize. In its first year, the $250,000 prize will be shared equally between two exhibitions that explore underrepresented areas of art history:
Tate Modern received a record 6.4 million visitors in the past year, with numbers increased by the opening in June 2016 of the Blavatnik Building extension. Over a half a million people also visited the Hockney exhibition, making it the second most popular event at Tate Britain ever. The Hockney exhibition went on to the Pompidou in Paris, France (ends 23 October 2017).
ICOM UK, with support from the British Council (BC), is offering a number of travel grants to support staff from regional and local UK museums (non-national museums) to travel internationally (beyond greater Europe) to develop mutually beneficial projects and partnerships.
Fifty years since the death of film and theatre icon Vivien Leigh, Sotheby's is to host an exhibition of intimate and previously unseen photographs shot by eminent society photographer, costume designer, and long-standing friend Cecil Beaton.
The 'Tourism Vision for London' and this year’s Autumn Season were launched on the evening of 31 August 2017 by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at an event at the Natural History Museum.
The John Ellerman Foundation is opening its £500,000 fund for 2018 aimed at regional museums and galleries who want to increase and maintain their curatorial development to engage new audiences and visitors.
The fund is open to applicants:
Winner of this year’s “It’s Art Call” competition, Manchester-based artist Ian Rayer-Smith has been invited to exhibit new paintings and sculptures at D Contemporary Gallery, Grafton Street, Mayfair, from 30 August to 9 September.
Strongly influenced by the work of the abstract expressionists and the romantic light of the old masters, Ian Rayer-Smith’s paintings effortlessly fuse abstraction, the figurative and the surreal.