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Museums & Heritage

A crisis in community reach: MoMA's arts educators respond to terminations

Poorly paid and with few employment benefits, freelance museum educators are also more likely to be people of colour compared with full-time staff, and reach audiences who might not interact with the museum otherwise

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Tutankhamun

BBC investigation uncovers legal dispute over blockbuster Tutankhamun exhibition

Lawyer says Egypt breached heritage protection laws by contracting a private company to tour the artefacts

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coronavirus

Art Fund unblocks £2m in grants to reopen UK museums and 'prevent immediate insolvency'

Charity's Covid-19 crisis support package includes £150,000 to launch new network of touring exhibitions

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Funding

Museums will need ethical funders all the more after the coronavirus crisis

As institutions reopen their doors to a world that has changed significantly, public scrutiny of private money is not going away

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The Art Newspaper Live

The Art Newspaper Live: Funding Matters Registration Now Open

In our first live virtual event on 25 June, part of a new online series, we bring together institutional leaders to discuss the challenges ahead

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Interview

The mechanics of sponsorship in 2020: an interview with Rena De Sisto, the head of Bank of America’s arts and culture programme

‘We help museums do what they do best’ says the executive who oversees the company’s support of international institutions

Analysis
Funding

UK arts funders unlock crisis grants after coronavirus—but at what cost?

Unrestricted money from public and private sources is helping to keep hard-hit organisations running, but capital projects could suffer

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Museums & Heritage

Baltimore Museum of Art diverts $100,000 from cancelled speaker series to help local artists, galleries and audiences

In a fortunate position of financial security, the institution is finding ways to continue its efforts towards accessibility, social justice and equity

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Funding

England's museums look to Arts Council to secure £250m government bailout

Cultural institutions bracing for a fall in visitors and shrinking revenue will need huge increase in public funding to recover after reopening

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US politics

The unsung agency working to maintain museum and library access in the US

The leader of the Institute of Museum and Library Services tells us what his organisation is doing to help spaces reopen

Analysis
Art market

When the emergency aid runs dry, what next for art galleries?

With short-term assistance varying between countries, trade organisations fear many businesses will close permanently due to coronavirus lockdowns

Comment
Biennials & festivals

Why we cancelled the 2020 FotoFocus Biennial and dispersed its $800,000 budget as arts grants

As the coronavirus pandemic raised concerns about their 10th anniversary event plans, the leaders of the Cincinnati festival explain why they decided to support the local arts community instead

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Museums & Heritage

Shutdown tests mettle of UK's last major bell foundry

Taylor’s in Loughborough faces uphill struggle in fundraising drive to restore decaying buildings and create new museum

Analysis
Museums & Heritage

'There is no fast track back to normal': museums confront economic fallout of the pandemic

Closed museums are losing millions in income, ushering in job cuts, appeals for emergency relief and lasting changes in strategy

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Coronavirus resources

Awards and prizes are being launched to help UK artists during the Covid-19 pandemic—here's how you can apply

Several UK organisations have created new grants or tweaked existing ones because of the coronavirus crisis

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coronavirus

'Thank god for immigrants': Jeremy Deller creates poster to raise funds for refugees and food banks

The A2 print pays homage to the foreign workers who have carried on working during the coronavirus crisis

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Arts funding

'Save Italian culture from suffocation': art world leaders sign petition calling for national art fund in the wake of coronavirus crisis

Signatories include leaders at Rome's MaXXI Museum and Venice’s civic museums as well as the artist Paola Pivi

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coronavirus

Here's how to apply for financial aid during the coronavirus pandemic if you're self-employed or a small business in the arts

We have gathered information about grants and loans around the world to help you get through the Covid-19 crisis

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coronavirus

With the coronavirus shutdown, smaller heritage sites such as the Mary Rose face a fight for survival

The charity that runs the historic battleship needs help from the government and the public, says its chief executive Helen Bonser-Wilton

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Arts Council England

Arts Council England announces coronavirus crisis plan to compensate out-of-pocket artists and institutions

The national arts-funding body will refocus some grant programmes to help individual artists and freelancers withstand lost earnings

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UK politics

UK budget: freeports, money for patching up national museums and new £250m culture fund confirmed

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivers first post-Brexit spending pledges

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Funding

Fossil-fuel giant Shell ends its support of London's Southbank Centre

Decision comes amidst pressure from activist groups for UK museums to end their oil sponsorship deals

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Brexit

Hundreds of art organisations outraged as UK withdraws from €1.46bn Creative Europe fund

More than 680 cultural figures and institutions sign open letter over decision they believe "threatens an impoverished future for British creativity"

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Musee d'Orsay

Anonymous €20m donation kickstarts Musée d’Orsay transformation

Radical revelopment of former train station building will make way for more Impressionist works and visitors

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Sponsorship

Climate activists take over British Museum in all-night protest against BP sponsorship

Organisers of the three-day action, the group BP or not BP?, called it the "largest protest in the history of the museum"

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Venice

The cost of Venice's worst floods since 1966

We survey the multi-million-euro impact of the disaster on the city's cultural heritage sites—and the funds pledged for restoration so far

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The Year in Review 2019

From the MoMA expansion to ‘artwashing’ ill-gotten wealth: the major museum moments of 2019

We look back at the biggest stories of the year

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The Year in Review 2019

From a Paris inferno to the Leonardo tussle: the art world's top stories of 2019

We look back at the major events that made the headlines this year

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Cultural policy

‘Listen to children, tax big auction sales’: Bob and Roberta Smith’s constitution of the arts

As UK political parties launch their manifestos, the artist sets out his own guidelines for art world equality

Comment
Museums & Heritage

'We are in a time of crisis: now is the time to assert our moral and ethical principles'

Cultural institutions need to decide what they stand for, says London's ICA director Stefan Kalmár

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

It's official: French tycoons finalise €300m donations for fire-ravaged Notre Dame

Foundation secures funds from Bernard Arnault and François Pinault towards the reconstruction of the cathedral

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Climate Change

V&A director Tristram Hunt defends sponsorship from fossil fuel companies

The former Labour MP sides with Science Museum group's director Ian Blatchford in saying companies such as BP can 'be part of the solution' to climate change

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Funding

Funding for culture to rise by 4.1% according to UK government's spending review

Treasury says there will be “over £300m to support the UK’s world-class national museums and galleries” in 2020-21

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Ethics

How ethical can museums afford to be? We ask five major UK art institutions about funding challenges

We find out how mounting public scrutiny of private money could affect the bottom line of London's National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate

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Law

Sacklers in talks over multibillion-dollar settlement of opioid crisis lawsuits

Proposed settlement calls for family's company Purdue Pharma to file for bankruptcy and become a public trust distributing profits

Comment
Museums & Heritage

Collectors are now collecting museums, not the other way around

Seats on boards offered by major museums are increasingly being used to serve the narrow agendas of the ultra-rich

News
Museums & Heritage

Philanthropy, but at what price? US museums wake up to public's ethical concerns

Daniel Weiss, Adam Weinberg and other museum leaders speak out following the fallout from the resignation of the Whitney’s vice chairman and the ongoing Sackler affair

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Museums

Building on credit: why museums like Lacma use bonds to fund ambitious expansions

Being rated by a credit agency can help an institution secure support for costly construction projects—and avoid over-extending itself

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National Trust

National Trust wrongly accused of asset-stripping while government fails to keep its word

The Trust is negotiating endowments with the Treasury for five major country houses in its care

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A to mount major Iran exhibition in face of US sanctions

Museum’s director Tristram Hunt says securing loans and sponsorship is “more of a challenge” as tension grows between Trump and Tehran

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Art Basel 2019

Art Basel Messeplatz artist Alexandra Pirici demands compensation for underpaid performers

The system of dividends is a way to address the "immense amounts of unpaid or underpaid labour" that support the art world, she says

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Leonardo da Vinci

Louvre struggles to gain loans for Leonardo show

High-level diplomacy is being used to secure the artist’s most important works for blockbuster anniversary show in Paris

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Director of Pinault Collection proposes controversial 90% tax breaks for Notre Dame donors

But Pinault family says it is not seeking tax relief for its €100m donation towards the reconstruction effort

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Sackler Trust

‘Like being married to a serial killer’: Hito Steyerl denounces Sackler sponsorship of museums

German artist urges art world to rally against cultural funding from embattled family at opening of her show at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

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Museums & Heritage

São Paulo's new millionaire governor João Doria proposes massive cuts to culture budget

Museums and cultural institutions in the Brazilian state prepare for closures and cancelled programmes

News
Funding

Art venues have half the budget of science museums for temporary exhibitions, new report finds

Research by UK startup Vastari delves into hidden economics of museums' special shows

News
Sackler Trust

Sackler Trust charity in UK suspends all new gifts

The move is a “face-saving” measure says US photographer and activist Nan Goldin

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Funding

New £150,000 grant to ‘embolden’ museums goes to Whitworth and Van Abbemuseum

Award from Outset Partners will support Arte Útil project to queer collections and work with local communities

News
Museums & Heritage

Jerwood Gallery in Hastings to lose British art collection by November

Almost 300 Modern and contemporary works will be withdrawn amid funding dispute with the Jerwood Foundation

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Controversies

Nan Goldin’s anti-opioid activist group storms New York museums

Pain held demonstrations at the Guggenheim and the Met over the weekend

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Beirut

Beirut Museum of Art vows to carry on as honorary chairman Carlos Ghosn remains in jail

Museum board says fundraising campaign to build delayed private museum is not dependent on the scandal-hit auto executive

Comment

The recent protests at the Whitney show museum trustees’ dealings cannot be ignored

The same old arguments in favour of ignoring the business dealings of trustees, of pretending museum programming can function independently of those funding it, cannot stand for long

News
Museums & Heritage

Moscow residents petition Garage Museum to reject sponsorship from property developer

Activists say PIK Group's high-rise developments are environmentally unsafe and only aimed at making "super profits"

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Funding

Battle brews over Washington’s arts commission

The mayor’s plan to curtail the powers of the leading arts funder in the US capital could reduce its vital independence

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Vienna

Albertina Museum director defends landmark gift of Essl collection

Klaus Albrecht Schröder says contemporary art acquisitions, criticised by Austrian Court of Audit, will fill a gap in country’s public museums

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Museums & Heritage

Berlin’s Natural History Museum receives an eye-watering €660m of public funds for rebuild

Vast sum outstrips budget for reconstruction of city’s royal palace and creation of Humboldt Forum

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The Buck stopped here

Victoria Sin plumbs watery depths for Gasworks fundraiser in London

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Sponsorship

Imperial War Museum London receives 'generous' donation from Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich

The money will go towards new Holocaust Galleries due to open 2021

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Restoration

Urgent revamp of William Morris’s country home to go ahead after £4.3m grant

UK National Lottery award will also fund a new education centre at the Victorian designer’s 16th-century Kelmscott Manor

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Saudi Arabia

Columbia University cancels talk with Saudi artist Ahmed Mater amid scrutiny over the kingdom’s cultural funding

The Metropolitan and the Brooklyn museums have also decided not to use money from the Crown Prince’s arts organisation for related events

Comment
Leaders

Funding the arts through the National Lottery is not a winning solution

Thanks to an austerity-induced accounting trick, lottery funding is replacing taxes

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Architecture

Thermal spa developer buys Frida Escobedo's Serpentine Pavilion 2018

Structure will be re-installed as part of Therme Group's art and architecture initiative

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Controversies

Conflict-of-interest scandal at publicly funded UK arts centre Firstsite

Chairman and trustee resigned amid investigation into more than £90,000 spent on consultancy firm they directed

News
Funding

Will museums stop accepting Sackler money in wake of Massachusetts lawsuit?

Eight members of the family are being sued for helping to fuel the opioid epidemic through their pharmaceutical company

News
Residencies

Emmanuel Macron orders radical review of France’s art residencies

The French President has commissioned a report identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the current programmes

Analysis
Funding

Lauded, but not loaded: being shortlisted for a major prize does not solve a museum's money worries

Being part of the Museum of the Year brings kudos and a big PR boost, but some finalists have still found the financial going tough

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Cultural policy

German culture budget grows to €1.8bn

Newly-funded projects include abandoned department store that was the set for The Grand Budapest Hotel film

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Conservation & Preservation

World Monuments Fund gives $1m for post-quake restoration of Mexican archaeological site

Monte Albán, the ancient capital of the Zapotec people, was damaged by earthquakes in 2017

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Conservation & Preservation

Eight World Monuments Fund watchlist sites get $1m in grants from American Express

In many cases, the funding will be used to help prevent future damage, including public outreach and scientific research

Comment
Leaders

Sydney’s flagship museum is entirely focused on building a costly extension. Why?

Unless the Art Gallery of New South Wales begins to focus more on exhibitions, there is every reason to believe that Sydney Modern will be a gigantic and costly flop

News

Kunsthalle Mannheim unveils €68m extension backed by German billionaire

Foundation of Hans-Werner Hector, one of the country's richest people, contributed €50m to the revamp

News
Funding

UK museums suffer as Heritage Lottery grants plummet

Building projects are major casualties as emphasis shifts to supporting smaller, local initiatives

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Philanthropy

Russian billionaire’s Peri Foundation will keep paying for culture after arrest

It is business as usual, says the organisation’s director, as its founder, Ziyavudin Magomedov, remains in custody awaiting trial on racketeering charges

News

Bridging the divide: Terra Foundation and Art Bridges fund collaborative programming between major art institutions and regional venues

The MFA, Boston and the Detroit Institute of Arts are the first institutions awarded grants in a $15m pilot programme

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Politics

Is the EGO Act a lot of hot air?

A new law bans government-funded oil portraits of officials, but most paintings have been paid for privately for years