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New artistic director appointed to Tate Liverpool

Francesco Manacorda, director of Turin, Italy-based contemporary art fair Artissima, has been named as the new artistic director of Tate Liverpool from April. Te ex-curator of Barbican Art Gallery

will succeed Christoph Grunenberg, who is to become director of Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany, aſter 10 years at Tate Liverpool. Tate Liverpool executive director Andrea

Nixon said: “We are very much looking for- ward to his artistic vision and experience contributing to shaping Tate Liverpool’s future programme.”

BP renews cultural sponsorship

BP is set to invest £10m in the British Museum; the National Portrait Gallery; the Royal Opera House; and Tate Britain aſter renewing its sponsorship of the arts institutions. Te company will provide

funding over a five-year period as a result of the deal, which is one of the largest long-term corporate investments in the UK’s arts industry. Each of the four institutions have existing partnerships with BP and will now secure a greater amount of funding to help further develop programmes. Culture minister Ed Vaizey said: “Tis is

Te British Museum is one of four institutions to benefit from the deal

a significant investment, with £10m going directly towards the staging of world-class exhibitions and performances.” British Museum director Neil MacGregor

said: “BP’s renewed commitment to the Museum allows us to ensure that our six

Parkwood will maintain the existing programme

Parkwood nets Crawley’s Hawth Theatre contract

Parkwood Leisure has secured a 10-year management contract for the operation of the Hawth Teatre in Crawley, West Sussex, from the local authority. Te deal with Crawley Borough Council

is scheduled to commence on 1 February and will see Parkwood Leisure maintain the current programme of events and fur- ther develop its existing facilities. Hawth Teatre currently offers an 855-

seat main auditorium and 146-seat studio, as well as an amphitheatre set in the adja- cent woodlands; a restaurant; and bars.

£1m+ for Scottish museums and galleries

More than 260 accredited museums and galleries throughout Scotland are in line to benefit from support totalling in excess of £1m allocated in the Scottish Government’s 2012-13 draſt budget. Funding will be distributed by Museums

Galleries Scotland on behalf of the govern- ment and comprises revenue (£970,000) and capital (£100,000) support. A total of £400,000 of revenue funding

will be made available to accredited ven- ues, with the remainder to be ring-fenced for Recognised Collections.


million visitors a year will continue to have the opportunity to experience important loan exhibitions for the next five years.” Tate director Nicholas Serota added: “BP’s

continued support over the next five years will be vital as we rehang the displays in 2013 fol- lowing completion of major building works.”

New chair for Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Bob Collins, former director-general of Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE, has been named as the new chair of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI). Northern Ireland culture minister Carál Ní Chuilín has confirmed the appointment of

Collins, who will serve a four-year term and replaces outgoing chair Rosemary Kelly. Ní Chuilín has also confirmed that David

Alderdice; Anna Carragher; Noelle McAlinden; Katherine McCloskey; and Paul Mullan had been appointed to the ACNI board.

£4m Hastings gallery to launch in March

Hastings’ new £4m Jerwood Gallery, which will enable the Jerwood Foundation to display its collection of con- temporary British paintings, will open on 17 March. Designed by HAT Projects,

the contemporary art attrac- tion is part of a wider £9m redevelopment of the East Sussex resort’s Stade area. Capital and running costs

for the Jerwood Gallery will be entirely funded by the foundation, and it is expected the building will act as an “important catalyst” in the town’s regeneration. Te gallery will incorporate more than 500sq

Te HAT Projects-designed venue forms part of a wider redevelopment Jerwood Foundation chair Alan Grieve said:

m (5,382sq ſt) of exhibition space, including a 180sq m (1,938sq ſt) space for temporary pro- grammes, as well as a sculpture courtyard.

Read Leisure Opportunities online:

“Tis is the culmination of the initiative to make a new home for Jerwood’s collection of 20th and 21st century art.”

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