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An important painting by Pop-artist Sam Walsh donated to the nation under the Cultural Gifts Scheme

14 July 2014

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One of the city’s best-known and loved paintings The Dinner Party by Sam Walsh (1934-89), has been gifted to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool under the Cultural Gifts Scheme introduced by the UK Government last year. This is the fourth gift under this major initiative to encourage philanthropy to the UK’s public museums, galleries and archives.

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Applications now open for new Random Acts Network Centres to support new 16-24 year old talent

Applications now open for new Random Acts Network Centres to support new 16-24 year old talent

07 July 2014

In April 2014, the Arts Council England announced a new phase of our partnership with Channel 4 with plans to re-launch the Random Acts strand with a more prominent television slot, enhanced online presence, increased funding and a more ambitious remit.

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Arts Council announces investment plans for 2015 to 2018

Arts Council announces investment plans for 2015 to 2018

01 July 2014

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Today (1 July) Arts Council England announces details of its investment plans for the next three years including its new national portfolio of arts organisations and museums representing a major public investment in England’s arts and culture.

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Selection of prints by Richard Hamilton acquired by The British Museum via the Acceptance in Lieu scheme goes on display today

Selection of prints by Richard Hamilton acquired by The British Museum via the Acceptance in Lieu scheme goes on display today

13 June 2014

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A substantial collection of drawings and prints by Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, has been accepted from the artist’s estate by H M Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the British Museum. The Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) scheme is administered by the Arts Council and the AIL Panel, chaired by Edward Harley, advises ministers on the suitability of items offered in lieu.

A selection of around 20 of the works will be on display in Room 90 of the British Museum from today – 13 June.

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Arts Council announces criteria for National Lottery funding in the National Portfolio

06 June 2014

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Arts Council England today (6 June 2014) announces the criteria for National portfolio organisations to be allocated National Lottery funding.

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A major collection of works by Frank Auerbach acquired for the nation

A major collection of works by Frank Auerbach acquired for the nation

15 May 2014

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The most significant private collection of works by one of Britain’s greatest living artists, Frank Auerbach, has been accepted in lieu of tax by HM Government for the nation and is to be shown in public for the first time.

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Roman emperors make triumphant return to Wimpole Hall after 60 year absence

09 May 2014

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They were the most powerful men of their day – some known for their strong leadership and military adventures, some for their cruelty and wild debauchery. Now, after an absence of more than sixty years, four 17th Century Italian busts of Roman emperors have returned to the National Trust’s Wimpole Hall.

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Arts Council England and DCMS announce international fund

Arts Council England and DCMS announce international fund

26 April 2014

Secretary of State for Culture Sajid Javid and Arts Council England Chair Sir Peter Bazalgette today (26 April 2014) announced a new £18 million fund to help promote the best of English arts and culture to overseas countries, and to encourage opportunities for collaboration and cultural exchange.

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The Mirror and the Minister

15 April 2014

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An extremely rare Bronze mirror, dating from the Iron Age and discovered near Didcot, Oxfordshire, has had a temporary export bar placed on it to provide a last chance to raise the £33,000 needed to keep it in the UK.

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Arts Council England is today opening applications to the Museum development grants programme

03 April 2014

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The aim of the Museum development grants programme is to ensure that a network of advice and support is available for all Accredited museums, as well as those working towards Accreditation, no matter what their size or scope, so that they can maximise their benefits to audiences and communities. The fund will support a national network of organisations that promote museum development, and will also complement existing support provided by other funding agencies, including Local Authorities. Further details on the programme can be found on our website here.

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