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Philippe Vergne to step down as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles

The announcement that he and the board “mutually elected” not to renew his contract comes on the heels of the chief curator Helen Molesworth’s surprise departure

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United States

Mass Moca takes the plunge with ice-water installation

The artist Taryn Simon—and brave visitors—will jump into a man-made frozen pool built into the gallery, evoking cleansing and spiritual rituals

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China

Massive arts district to launch in 2019 in valley near Beijing

“Eco-city” announced at Venice Architecture Biennale will include a museum, artists’ studios and an art park

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Attribution

Italian museum discovers painting by Renaissance master Andrea Mantegna in its collection

The Accademia Carrara in Bergamo has re-attributed the 15th-century work Resurrection of Christ

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'The model in China is constantly evolving': Ullens Center director on his plans to turn it into a foundation

Western-style model could be a turning point for the country’s fast-proliferating private museums

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Conservation

British Museum positions itself as a European expert on Korean art with major conservation project

It is the first Western institution to launch a long-term project to study and conserve pictorial art from the country

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São Paulo museum wins court fight against Brazilian airport’s steep cargo fees on Tate Modern loans

The ministries of culture and transportation are now setting up a commission to create clear guidelines for objects coming into the country for cultural events

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Martin-Gropius-Bau show to mark 30 years since fall of the Berlin Wall

Exhibition next autumn will explore German unification in a global context

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Appointments & departures

Zeitz Mocaa director Mark Coetzee embroiled in #MeToo scandal

Curators accuse the Cape Town museum director of inappropriate and abusive behaviour, according to local reports

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Royal Academy launches new £34,000 postgraduate course. But who can afford it?

The institution is entering the lucrative world of branded education

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston opens new Glassell School of Art building

Education is the MFAH’s “first and enduring mission”, says director Gary Tinterow

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Building projects

Ingleby Gallery’s new Edinburgh home was once the HQ of a religious sect

A show of new works by the Scottish artist Callum Innes opens the refurbished venue

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Exhibitions

From Cleopatra to Banksy: satirist Ian Hislop to co-organise British Museum show on subversion

Private Eye editor will select 100 objects highlighting dissent down the ages

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Art crime

Full extent of burglary at Bath’s Museum of East Asian Art revealed

With the value of Chinese antiquities on the rise, police suspect the items removed were stolen to order

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Appointments & departures

Mark Coetzee suspended from the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

An inquiry has been launched into the executive director and chief curator’s professional conduct

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Polish collector Grazyna Kulczyk to launch sprawling contemporary art complex in secluded Swiss valley town

Works from the entrepreneur’s extensive holdings will go on show in Muzeum Susch

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The Munch Museum in Oslo publishes more than 7,600 drawings online for free

Digital catalogue raisonné of the artist's works on paper expected to continue into other media

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Germany presents code of conduct on handling colonial-era artefacts

Culture Minister says colonial past has been a blind spot for too long

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Art market

Nahmads confirm Picasso’s $115m flower girl will go to Paris

Dealing dynasty says that the painting bought in the Rockefeller sale will be loaned to the Musée d’Orsay

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Acquisitions

American University Museum gets 9,000 works from Corcoran Gallery of Art’s collection

The defunct museum has given the last of its 20,000 works to 22 institutions in Washington, DC

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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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Royal Academy of Arts

We go behind the scenes as the Royal Academy celebrates 250 years

Delve into the heart of the revamped London institution—expanded, embellished and eccentric as ever

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Käthe Kollwitz Museum finds new home in west Berlin

Its current venue will be leased to the new Museum of Exile from the end of 2019

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Restitution

Damning report says France must catch up, fast, in return of Nazi-era loot

Heritage expert calls for new government taskforce to guide provenance research and even rule on restitution cases

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Leading Chinese art academy opens international design museum

Alvaro Siza-designed space in Hangzhou celebrates Germany’s influential Bauhaus school

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Leaders

Retain or return? It’s complicated

The complex issues behind returning cultural goods to their place of origin

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Frieze New York

Frieze New York pays tribute to the School of Hudson

The maverick art dealer helped to shape New York’s contemporary art scene by finding and supporting some of today's biggest artists

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Prizes

Women, cars and revamped spaces: the Art Fund releases Museum of the Year shortlist

Recently renovated Tate St Ives and Hull's Ferens Art Gallery are among £100,000 prize's five contenders

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How San Antonio snagged masterpieces from Madrid for its 300th anniversary

Exhibition that looks at the city's Spanish links will include 25 works never shown in the US

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Road to the Met: how Max Hollein rose to become its next director

A gifted manager and fundraiser, he inherits a museum dogged by financial troubles and discontent

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Fakes & copies

French museum discovers more than half its collection is fake

Police in Perpignan have confiscated around 80 works originally attributed to painter Étienne Terrus

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Looted art

Germany to fund museum investigations into provenance of colonial-era artefacts

The German Lost Art Foundation, which also looks into Nazi-loot, will allocate the government grants

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The Buck stopped here

Sparks fly at topping out of Goldsmiths university's new contemporary art space

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Ottawa Art Gallery grows five times bigger in time for its 30th birthday

The free-entry museum of Canadian art was initially scheduled to be completed last year

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Met hosts group of international directors for the Global Museum Leaders Colloquium

The event, launched in 2014, is a unique experience freed from “stage-managed dialogue”, moderator says

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Top Italian museum director faces trial over gym visits

The director of the Galleria Borghese in Rome has been suspended without pay for leaving the office

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The dark web, surveillance dolls and Van Gogh’s zombie ear: technology’s role in art debated at Boston conference

While artists and museums embrace futuristic tools, legal experts point to a number of pitfalls with cutting-edge work

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Moscow museum opens archives of Stalin's Gulag labour camps

New research centre helps descendants discover fate of their family members

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Norval Foundation near Cape Town opens months after launch of city's Zeitz museum

Staff from Africa's first mega museum have defected to the new private institution

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Exhibitions

Jack Whitten: once mistaken for Gerhard Richter, now subject of major US survey shows

Curators share their stories about the late artist, whose sculptures are show at the Baltimore Museum of Art

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The Frick’s expansion is a sensitive, elegant plan

The New York museum has shown it is a responsive listener and found ways to add much needed space and public amenities with surgical precision

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Commissions

Emerging Arab artists to get international shows through new commissioning initiative

Six partner institutions including the Hammer Museum are behind collaborative art production model

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Acquisitions

Lacma acquires major works by women through lively Collectors Committee Weekend

Ten works are added to the permanent collection, including a striking slavery themed installation by Betye Saar and the museum's first sculpture by Ruth Asawa

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Virginia University’s $41m kunsthalle aims to bridge town-gown divide

Richmond University's fine arts programmes are amongst highest-ranked in the US

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Thefts

Chinese antiquities stolen in raid on Bath museum

Haul includes precious gold and jade artefacts, which police say may have been stolen to order

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Acquisitions

Controversial 'hip-hop version' of the Virgin Mary given to MoMA

Chris Ofili's work—donated by hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen—was once at the centre of a New York culture war

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Carsten Höller puts plant life to the test—with slides—at Palazzo Strozzi

The Belgian-born artist has devised experiment with Italian scientist Stefano Mancuso

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Antiquity gets a fresh twist at revamped Getty Villa

New displays draw out connections between Graeco-Roman world and ancient Middle East

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Alabama memorial confronts America’s racist history

A site dedicated to the 4,400 victims of lynching and a museum about the country’s legacy of inequality opens

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Photographer accused of sexual harassment closes show at ICA Boston

The institution initially planned to keep Nicholas Nixon's show open after allegations sparked calls for removal

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Chris Dercon steps down as director of the Volksbühne Theatre in Berlin

His appointment was met with criticism by culture professionals

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Musée du Louvre

Louvre’s director: we are active in 75 countries

Jean-Luc Martinez says the museum’s international projects have skyrocketed over the past five years

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Linda on the loose

Jumex Museum show looks at the fall of the Utopian ideal in Latin America

Mexico City museum is becoming a private institution that actually serves the public interest

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Germany to pilot free-entry museums at Humboldt Forum

New coalition government waives charges for permanent collections in Berlin complex for first three years—but critics warn of consequences

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Max Hollein is the next director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

The current director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has both the experience needed to lead the encyclopaedic museum and “real integrity”, says the Met’s president Dan Weiss

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Smithsonian to open first base outside US at former Olympic site in London

US Institution will collaborate with Victoria and Albert Museum at its new outpost in East London

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Ethiopia calls on British Museum to return Maqdala treasures on loan like the V&A

Ambassador made request at display opening in South Kensington

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Activist group calls out Brooklyn Museum’s appointment of white African art curator

The museum has not yet responded to criticism about the “dismal rates of representation” of people of colour among its senior staff

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Supreme Court Justice greenlights Berkshire Museum’s art sale

The institution can now go ahead with plans to auction works from its collection to raise up to $55m for a renovation

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

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

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Appointments

Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez’s contract extended for three more years

Paris museum chief must focus on partnerships with Asia and sustained attendance, culture minister says

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Italian far right wants to turn Fascist HQ into mega-museum

The Lega party—which may soon be in power—believes that Italy, through its culture, can lead the world

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Loot

V&A opens dialogue on looted Ethiopian treasures

Director pledges rethink on objects seized by British troops in 19th-century Africa

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Museums

Two steps forward, one step back for Holocaust restitution

In a recent decision regarding Picasso’s Actor, the courts need to catch up with US government policy on Nazi-looted art

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Restitution

Nazi policies forced Jewish collectors like Paul Leffmann to sell their art, whatever the price

Restitution experts say New York law recognises third party duress, so why did a recent court decision on Picasso’s Actor not recognise this?

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Museums

Budi Tek reveals landmark deal with Lacma to preserve his collection

Seriously ill Indonesian-Chinese collector has created a ground-breaking partnership with Los Angeles museum

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Pushkin director turns her office into a surreal art installation

The lower level resembles Hogwarts, upstairs is a blindingly white “meditative space”

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Musée du Louvre

Louvre says ‘non’ to minister’s Mona Lisa grand tour

Françoise Nyssen proposed lending the work as a way to fight “cultural segregation”

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Museums

Then & Now: "Modern art is destroying itself," warned our first issue

Museums have since devoted sizeable resources

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George Lucas tells a new story at the Museum of Narrative Art

Construction has launched on the $1bn non-profit project, built to be “the world’s most inclusive and accessible art museum”

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Then & Now: how The Art Newspaper shaped UK restitution law

Featuring a 900-year-old missal looted during the Second World War

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Museums

Centre Pompidou's Brussels satellite takes shape with announcement of winning architects

Pre-launch programme of exhibitions in former Citroën garage will enable visitors to discover the building "in its raw state"

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Art's Most Popular

Is the UK museum boom over?

Analysis of government data and our own figures reveals a steady decline in visitors since 2014

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Collectors

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros: From Miami to the world

The collector and champion of Latin American art tells us why she is closing her warehouse space and giving works to Spain

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Art's Most Popular

Ranked: the top ten most popular shows in their categories from around the world

Including Old Masters, Asian, Post-Impressionist and Modern

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Art's Most Popular

How museums can double their visitor numbers—featuring DJs at the Musée Guimet in Paris

Think differently and "belong to the public"

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Art's Most Popular

What is the most cultured city in the US?

Think Grand Rapids, Bentonville or Houston—but not New York

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Museums

Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro to sell Brazil’s only Pollock on public view

The museum says the move is necessary for its long-term survival, while others protest the decision as “absurd”

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Will Ferrell and Joel McHale try to make sense of the art at LA’s Hammer Museum

We’ve all been there: walking through an exhibition like the Hammer Museum’s Stories of Almost Everyone, a show “about the interpretation of art objects”, asking ourselves, “Is that thing art?”

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Museums

Museums have a duty to be political

Activist curators and directors can make truly democratic spaces, but they need brave boards to support them

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Gallerist Sean Kelly donates his James Joyce collection to The Morgan Library and Museum in New York

The museum will stage a comprehensive exhibition in 2022

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Appointments & departures

Helen Molesworth is out as LA MoCA's chief curator

The director Philippe Vergne reportedly fired her as the two clashed over the museum's programming

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French art world shock at sacking of Bordeaux museum director

"We are stupefied"—50 art professionals sign open letter in defence of María Inés Rodríguez

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Tacita Dean on her three major London shows

From genre fluidity to the British artist's love of analogue film

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Palestine

Gifts multiply for fledgling Palestinian museum’s solidarity collection

Sixty works donated by European and Arab artists will stay at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris until a permanent home is built

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Social history

Argentina's female art workers call for gender parity on International Women's Day

The group, Nosotras Proponemos, has events planned at art institutions throughout the country during March

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Museums

The road to recovery: Puerto Rican museums regroup after hurricane

Island’s institutions join forces to safeguard collections and plan for future disasters

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Museums

The ethics of appropriation

Can art represent the culture of marginalised groups without exploiting them? Jillian Steinhauer investigates

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Frick sends Old Masters to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Ten works are due to go on display at the Museo de Arte de Ponce

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Against the odds, Louvre exhibition opens in Tehran in historic deal

French museum became first cultural institution to secure ties with Islamic regime after sanctions lifted in 2016

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The Met's new admissions fee goes into effect

Many visitors responded to the change with a shrug, although some were more critical of the mandatory charge

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Openings

Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art to open in London in September

Mika Rottenberg solo show and Chicago Imagist exhibition in the pipeline

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Centre Pompidou Málaga extends its French ties with a five-year collaboration

The Spanish outpost has agreed a second renewable deal with France’s Pompidou

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Hirshhorn to re-stage postponed Krzysztof Wodiczko projection in March

The museum stopped showing the "unbearably relevant" work, which has two hands holding a gun and a candle, after Parkland shooting

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Family feud forgotten as Thyssen-Bornemisza plans contemporary shows

Madrid museum's collector-trustees, Carmen Cervera and Francesca von Habsburg, turn conflict into collaboration

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British government gives 11th-hour permission for Joshua Reynolds's Omai to leave UK

The celebrated portrait is owned by a foreign collector who thwarted Tate’s attempts to purchase it in 2003

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Sam Durant and Anne Ellegood reflect on being in the hot seat of museum controversies

The artist and curator shared what they learned from their 2017 experiences during a College Art Association panel on "censorship"

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Children will have room to grow in new Manhattan museum

The former church that will be the home of the Children's Museum of Manhattan will include space for families to deal with traumatic or joyful world events

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How the Middle Eastern museum and collecting scene have flowered

Anna Somers Cocks, founder-editor of The Art Newspaper, in discussion with Roxane Zand of Sotheby’s at the Asia Society, New York, 1 March

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Funding

Towner Art Gallery on England's south coast at risk as local council confirms funding cut

Critics of the move include the Art Fund and the broadcaster and Towner chairman David Dimbleby