Funding

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Art education

Uproar as UK government plans to cut funding for arts education by 50% to prioritise 'high-value subjects'

Artists express concerns and the Public Campaign for the Arts launches a petition as the consultation on the planned budget cuts to higher education ends today

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Art schools

Michigan billionaires Jennifer and Dan Gilbert give $30m to Cranbrook Academy of the Arts

The donation will support diversity efforts and student scholarships for the Detroit area art school

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British Museums

The cost of the cuts: what now for UK museums as the Covid-19 crisis bites?

Museum directors in London and the regions are cutting jobs and slashing budgets, raising concerns for the post-pandemic future of the sector

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Museums

How museums can ethically invest their money

There are plenty of funds with good Environmental, Social and Governance ratings, and the financial returns often outperform the S&P 500

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Residencies

Looking for free artist studio space in central London? A new scheme could help out

New award backed by Spanish fashion brand Loewe will fund workspaces for seven artists at Studio Voltaire

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Museums & Heritage

Mexico's culture crisis: pandemic leads to budget cuts that leave many workers unpaid while vanity projects receive millions

The ministry of culture has lost 75% of its funding, threatening the long-term survival of the country’s publicly funded museums and heritage sites

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Musée du Louvre

Louvre launches flurry of brand partnerships and ‘e-boutique’ in bid to make up Covid deficit

Deprived of visitors, the world’s most popular museum is striking deals with brands such as Uniqlo to reach international audiences online

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United Kingdom

'Where is the champion within UK government for a vigorous, independent visual arts sector?'

The culture sector is being relegated to the ranks of "indoor entertainment"

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Public art

Bloomberg Philanthropies grants for street murals open for applications

Up to $25,000 in award money will fund projects in as many as 20 US cities

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Arts funding

UK Budget 2021: further £408m boost for struggling culture sector

Chancellor Rishi Sunak digs deep, adding £300m to the £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund, £90m more for museums, and £18m for cultural community projects

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LGBTQ

Polish region loses €1.65m European heritage grant after declaring itself 'LGBT-free zone'

Norway Grants pulled the award after Podkarpackie councillors voted for a resolution to "resist the promotion of LGBT ideology"

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Funding

Weston Culture Fund gives UK arts organisations £30m in relief from 'devastating impact' of Covid-19

Wallace Collection, Birmingham Museums and the MAC Belfast are among more than 100 charities receiving recovery grants from the Garfield Weston Foundation

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Funding

National Library of Wales—home to a 12,000-strong art collection—‘cannot survive’ if further job cuts are made

Petition calls on Welsh Government to increase funding for institution which holds works by Turner and Gainsborough

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Pacific Standard Time

Getty hands out more than $5m in grants for 2024 Pacific Standard Time festival

The next iteration of the region-wide exhibition series will focus on art and science

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Colette

Underground New York artist Colette is reborn ‘victorious’ as crowdfunding saves her legendary Living Environment

The French Tunisian performer is hoping to find a permanent home for her immersive installation, hidden in storage for nearly 15 years

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Coronavirus resources

Governors propose ambitious plans to bring the arts back to California and New York

Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo have announced plans to support art institutions and artists hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic

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Museums

Closure of London's Florence Nightingale Museum fuels fears that the pandemic will force smaller UK institutions to shut

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum in Birkenhead is also under threat of closure as part of cost-cutting measures by local council

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Funding

No additional funds: UK's £1.57bn emergency arts bailout must last organisations until March 2022

Arts Council England launches second round of loans worth £100m with £300m grant applications to follow

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Philanthropy

Billionaire Leonard Blavatnik donates £10m to the Courtauld Institute of Art

Suite of galleries in refurbished Courtauld Gallery will be named after the Ukraine-born industrialist

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Funding

Historic Royal Palaces gets £40m lifeline loan and Southbank Centre gets £11m in latest round of UK Covid-19 funding

Rem Koolhaas’ Factory arts hub in Manchester—scheduled for completion in 2022—gets £21m grant

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Germany

Record culture budget approved by German parliament

The budget for 2021 allocates funding to preserve Berlin museum buildings, renovate the Bayreuth Festival theatre, boost provenance research and grant free admission to the Jewish Museum Berlin

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Art Fund

Art Fund launches £1m crowdfunding appeal to help UK museums fighting for survival

After months without income due to coronavirus closures, new survey shows that museums are operating with just 25% of previous visitor numbers

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Museums

Friends forever? Museums rely on generosity of paying members and loyalty schemes to survive pandemic

Many UK institutions are hoping members will continue to support them despite limited benefits and recurring closures

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Philanthropy

Freelands Foundation awards £1.27m in diversity funding—including Windrush education programme

The move follows the foundation's launch of a diversity action plan which aims to stamp out racial inequality in the visual arts

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Arts funding

Will UK government furlough extension make museums rethink redundancy plans?

Petition launched calling for Southbank Centre staff to be reinstated in light of Chancellor’s announcement while Royal Academy confirms coronavirus funding snub

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Diary of an art historian

Is the UK seeing the emergence of a ‘Godfather approach’ to arts funding?

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has been ignoring the arm's length principle and offering museums unsolicited advice

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Funding

Chicago non-profit 3Arts awards $150,000 to three women artists

In its largest round of grants ever, the arts club turned artist funder has created a new “Next Level” series of prizes

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Funding

'Publicise your grants online': UK culture minister wades into row over rescue funding demands

Oliver Dowden confirms recipients were "encouraged" to acknowledge fund on websites and social media

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Funding

First government grants for UK art spaces announced with £789,000 for London's ICA and £804,000 for Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Whitechapel, Whitworth, Mary Rose Trust and Photo London are also among the recipients for long-awaited Covid-19 rescue funds

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Singapore

Singapore art space prepares final show in Gillman Barracks after Covid-19 shortfall

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art to close physical venue in March, casting doubt on future of gallery district

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Museums & Heritage

Nearly 450 heritage rescue grants announced from UK's £1.57bn cultural bailout fund

First funding round hailed as a "lifeline" for heritage sites and specialists reeling from the pandemic, but job losses continue

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Museums & Heritage

Charity gives £2.5m Covid-19 rescue grants to 66 UK arts organisations including Tate and British Museum

Clore Duffield Foundation funds are designed to relaunch learning and community programming

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Museums & Heritage

The only way is ethics: US museums should not neglect provenance research in the funding crisis

Ethical institutional practices such as staff equity and due diligence are essential investments, "not merely a luxury for flush times"

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Deaccessioning

Done right, selling museum pieces can work—but probably not with Michelangelos

UK museums may deaccession collection objects with curatorial justification and transparency, but it cannot be treated as a quick financial fix

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Funding

New £25m fund aims to help UK museums ‘get back on their feet’

The Garfield Weston foundation is offering grants of up to £2m while Historic England is launching a £7.4m initiative for artist projects that help boost high streets

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Museums & Heritage

Bailout fail? Fewer than half of museums in England apply for government’s £1.57bn rescue package

Survey by The Art Newspaper also reveals that the Serpentine and Barbican have been left in limbo while the Southbank Centre is already £20m in debt

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Funding

'Be commercially minded or lose future funding': UK government's threat puts museums in peril

In a letter leaked to The Art Newspaper, the culture minister Oliver Dowden tells directors they must raise their own funds during the pandemic—but how?

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Art market

It’s official: galleries and art fairs at risk of collapse can apply for UK’s £1.57bn rescue package

Priority will be given to institutions of regional and national significance

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coronavirus

Business can and should help the arts through this crisis

The pandemic has laid bare the betrayal of the cultural sector, but corporations and individuals can alleviate the hardship

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Arts funding

UK government finally announces details of its £1.5bn funding support package for the arts

Museum trusts in Birmingham and York warn job cuts are in the pipeline

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Museums & Heritage

Robert Longo rallies artists to donate $1m worth of art for Guild Hall benefit show

Instead of its annual summer gala, the long-running East Hampton art space will host a selling exhibition to raise funds

Podcast

Staff cuts: are museums protecting their workers?

Plus, curator Emily Butler on Rhea Storr's video art. Produced in association with Christie's

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Museums

More money, less hierarchy: Germany’s biggest arts employer faces major overhaul

Hermann Parzinger, the president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, says he hopes the organisation will no longer exist in five years

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Museums & Heritage

A crisis in community reach: MoMA's arts educators on the consequences of their contract cuts

Poorly paid and with few employment benefits, freelance museum educators are more likely to be people of colour compared with full-time staff

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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