4 September 2012


New Culture Secretary Maria Miller Has No Arts Experience

Maria Miller, the 48-year-old MP for Basingstoke, has been appointed as the new Culture Secretary, taking over at the DCMS from Jeremy Hunt, who has been rewarded for his handling of the BSkyB fiasco by being promoted to head the Department of Health. Maria Miller was a junior minister in the Department for Work and […]

26 April 2012


Visual Art Rivals Music For Supremacy In London 2012 Festival Programme

Thomas Keane takes a look at the visual art highlights announced today for the London 2012 Festival – the summer climax of the Cultural Olympiad and perhaps ‘the largest cultural celebration in our lifetime’ ‘Once in a lifetime’ is a phrase that one hears considerably more than once in a lifetime. And such serial usage […]

29 February 2012


Business Support Of Arts Drops Dramatically

Preliminary reports suggest that donations by businesses to arts organisations have dropped by 7%, while gifts from individuals are up… New statistics from the charity Arts & Business suggest that business investment in the arts has fallen for the fourth year in a row, down to £134.2m. But this was partially mitigated by an overall 4% […]

30 November 2011


Jeremy Hunt Levies Art Instead Of Tax

Jeremy Hunt’s ‘Acceptance in Lieu’ increase – a scheme accepting art in place of cash taxes – bodes well for the cultural fabric of Britain The government today announced a scheme that promises enhance the cultural wealth of Britain and its galleries and museums. Jeremy Hunt – the Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Secretary – […]

12 August 2011


UK Riots Leave Big Society In Tatters

We must now produce a new vision for a global infrastructure? ArtLyst Editorial By Amanda McGregor The awakening of conscious after a shock globally or nationally, is like a door of opportunity for unity and expansion of consciousness, as it provides an avenue for people to see and hear with new eyes and ears, then […]

4 July 2011


Michael Portillo To Chair New £55m Arts Scheme

A brand new Government scheme has earmarked £55 million to help arts and heritage organisations secure their future financial stability by building endowment funds. This was announced today by Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. An independent advisory panel chaired by Michael Portillo will review bids from organisations for grants up to £5 million from the Endowment […]

29 January 2011


Arts Donations From UK Business Falls By 11%

Businesses investment in UK arts fell last year by 11%. This was despite Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s DCMS directive to encourage corporate philanthropy. The initiative was launched last year to take the pressure off of the Government, which has made cuts to the arts of around 30%. The figures clearly highlight the universal tightening of […]

25 January 2011


Arts Council England To Sell Off Artworks

Dame Liz Forgan, the chair, of the Arts Council told a group of MPs in the Culture Select Committee that Arts Council England is considering selling some of its public collection so it can acquire new works. She stated, “it is not, out of the question and it was being considered.” This has raised more […]

13 December 2010


Jeremy Hunt Announces US Style Philanthropy Plan

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt who will always be best remembered for James Naughtie and Andrew Marr’s four-letter slip up, has announced that the government is to make available an £80m ‘matching fund’ for arts organisations. The idea behind this move is not rocket science, or even science. It is simply a price matching exercise, which […]

16 November 2010


Eight UK Museums Lose Government Funding

The DCMS, as part of its four-year business plan, has announced that it will no longer fund eight Museums that it currently sponsors. It will scrap national funding of “museums that should be the responsibility of local communities”. This affects eight non-national museums: the Design Museum, the Geffrye Museum, the Horniman Museum and Gardens, the […]