5 September 2012


Big Brother Man Peter Bazalgette Appointed Arts Council Chairman

They waste no time. The TV executive responsible for popularising reality TV in Britain has been appointed chairman of Arts Council England. The Department of Culture announced the move following the appointment of Maria Miller the new Culture Secretary. The 58-year-old Bazalgette is best known for his Endemol production company, the creators of Big Brother […]

20 May 2012



Dame Liz Forgan, the outgoing chair of Arts Council England, reminder that tentpoles like the Cultural Olympiad cannot solve deeper problems. The rumpus began when she was introduced by Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey as ‘our very own Dame Liz Forgan’. Forgan understandably bristled at this familiarity, having recently been asked by Vaizey’s colleague Jeremy […]

22 August 2011


Kettle’s Yard Appoints Andrew Nairne New Director

Andrew Nairne moves from Arts Council England to Kettle’s Yard Kettle’s Yard has announced the appointment of Andrew Nairne as its Director to succeed Michael Harrison. The change-over, on November 7th, comes as Kettle’s Yard is poised to begin work on a new education wing after a highly successful appeal. For Andrew Nairne this is […]

4 November 2010


Arts Council England To Cut 100 Organisations

More than 100 smaller organisations are likely to lose their Arts Council funding. The announcement follows the government’s decision to slash funding for the arts by 29.6% as part of the comprehensive spending review. Tate,V&A, British Museum, ICA, National Gallery as well as the The Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet are among the organisations […]

25 March 2010


British Contemporary Art to Suffer In Darling’s Latest Budget

One of the cuts concealed in Alastair Darling’s budget yesterday was a staggering £60 million in funds earmarked for the arts slashed from the Department for Culture Media and Sports 2010-11 budget.  In addition, £2.2 billion is to be diverted from the National Lottery’s culture and heritage endowment to the Olympics. This is money that […]