17 January 2022


Banksy Spraycation Mural Sells For $2m – John Sainsbury Art Patron Dies – DCMS £30m Emergency Support For Culture 

Banksy Spraycation Mural Sells Privately – John Sainsbury Art Patron Dies – DCMS £30m Emergency Support For Culture 

6 July 2020

£1.57B UK Government Rescue Package Announced To Prop Up Culture

Future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues will be helped with emergency grants and loans. Funding will also be provided to restart construction work at cultural and heritage sites paused as a result of the pandemic.

30 December 2019


Gainsborough Landscape Painting Granted Temporary Export Bar

Helen Whately the Arts Minister has placed an export bar on Thomas Gainsborough’s ‘Going to Market, Early Morning’ in the hope that a UK gallery or museum can acquire the work for the nation.

19 August 2019


Temporary Export Bar Placed On Pre-Raphaelite Masterpiece By Millais

A temporary export bar on Millais’ ‘Ferdinand Lured by Ariel’ has been put in place by Arts Minister Rebecca Pow

17 June 2019


UK Museums Now Protected From Court-Ordered Seizure For Loaned Artworks 

UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has vowed to protect objects on loan from abroad in temporary exhibitions in UK museums from seizure by the UK courts.

21 June 2018


Government Earmarks £20m For Culture and Creative Industries In England

Arts Minister Michael Ellis has launched a £20 million fund aimed at helping culture, heritage and the creative industries to benefit towns and cities across England.

8 April 2018

Peter Paul Rubens African Portrait At Risk Of Leaving UK

Peter Paul Rubens, (Flemish, 1577–1640), Head of an African Man Wearing a Turban, painted in 1609 is in danger of leaving the UK forever.

3 December 2017


DCMS Reports £92bn Sector Bonanza For Creative Industries, Digital and Sport

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has just released a report stating that the sector’s contribution to the economy is up by 3.6 percent year-on-year to almost £250bn, accounting for 14.2 percent of the UK’s Gross Value Added (GVA)

23 August 2016


Karen Bradley Culture Secretary Plans To Increase Access To Arts and Culture

Karen Bradley the new Culture Secretary made her maiden speech last week, in Liverpool, setting out plans for a more inclusive approach to arts and culture. But what does this all mean? Artlyst publishes the full text of the speech below.  Thank you – it’s fantastic to be back in Liverpool, this wonderful world city. World city? Liverpool is not even […]

22 January 2016


Public Art By Moore, Hepworth and Gormley Receive Grade II Listing

Forty one works of post-war public art in England has been grade II listed by the government. The newly protected list also includes three works by Antony Gormley, Barbara Hepworth and a Henry Moore bronze, opposite Parliament in London. Heritage minister Tracey Crouch said: “Not only are they magnificent sculptures but they are also an important part of our […]

3 January 2016


Dedicated Gallery To House Government Art Collection Proposed

Original works of art created by some of the best known artists in the UK are hidden away and not on public display, says Michael Dugher MP for Barnsley East, Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Culture Secretary. He points out that over 22,000 paintings, prints and sculptures have been catalogued by the Government Art Collection and only a ‘Privileged Few’ ever […]

27 February 2015


Art Museums Miss Out As Culture Secretary Announces £3m In Grants

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced today, while visiting the Canal & River Trust’s Gloucester Waterways Museum that 25 museums

26 February 2015


Oscar Rejlander Photographic Album Receives Temporary DCMS Export Bar

A temporary export bar has been placed on an important album of portrait and figurative photographs by the ‘Father of Art Photography’, Oscar Rejlander (1813-1875). The action was taken by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey on Monday. The photos include prints of “Trying to Catch a Fly” and “The Fly is Caught” and several portraits in […]

1 February 2015


UK’s Creative Industries Worth £76.9b To Economy 2014 DCMS Figures Reveal

Brand new figures published by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport have revealed that the UK’s Creative Industries are now worth £76.9 billlion per year to the UK economy. This is a growth of almost ten per cent on 2013 and three times that of wider UK economy. The figures accounted for 1.7 million […]

18 August 2014


Museums And Galleries Benefit From Surge In Overseas Tourist Visits

The DCMS have announced figures for the number of visits by overseas tourists to the UK, with an all time high recorded for the six months to June. Figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed there were 16.4 million inbound visits to Britain from January to June 2014 – up 8% compared to the […]

19 January 2014


UK Creative Industries Out Perform Financial Services In £71.4bn Bumper Year

This week official statistics were published by the DCMS revealing that the UK’s creative industries are now worth £71.4 billion per year to the UK economy. This was a growth of almost 10% in 2012, outperforming all other sectors of UK industry and positioning 1% ahead of the UK service industry as a whole. The […]

6 November 2013


George Stubbs Kangaroo And Dingo Saved For The Nation

Two masterpieces by the 18th century painter George Stubbs, featuring a kangaroo and a dingo executed in 1778 will stay in the UK permanently, after a successful campaign to save them for the nation. A £1.5m donation from shipping magnate Eyal Ofer has enabled the National Maritime Museum to buy the paintings which were sold […]

26 June 2013


Chancellor George Osborne Announces 7% Cut To Culture budget

Chancellor George Osborne has officially announced a 7% cut to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as part of its latest Spending Review. The Chancellor, published details of the resource allocations for Government departments for 2015-6 and stated the resource budget will be reduced by seven per cent, reflecting the understanding of the […]

14 June 2013


DCMS Announces 8% Cut In Arts Spending For 2015-2016

The (DCMS) Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced an 8% cut in spending for the period 2015-2016. The deal, made with the Treasury is understood to be across the board effecting all arts disciplines and museums. Peter Bazalgette, the newly appointed Chair of Arts Council England, said it was a “massive result” for […]

25 April 2013


Culture Secretary Maria Miller Delivers Keynote Speech At British Museum

Maria Miller has outlined the Conservative Government’s future policy on the arts and declared that they must “hammer home the value of culture to our economy”. She stated in a keynote speech, held at the British Museum, a case for joint private and public funding, by focusing on its economic, not artistic, value. Ms Miller […]

1 April 2013


V&A And Tate To Adopt Mobile Phone Donation Scheme

Last December the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced cuts of £11.6 million to Arts Council England (ACE) funding. This was followed by a 30% budget reduction in 2010. Local councils have also reduced their contributions to arts programs in the past year, with some local councils cutting their funding by 50%. As […]

27 January 2013


DCMS Will Continue Funding The Horniman And Geffrye Museums

The DCMS has announced that the Horniman and Geffrye Museums will stay under the DCMS umbrella and that the London museums will continue to be sponsored directly by the government. The DCMS is the Government’s department responsible for supporting all of the national museums and galleries. They have a funding relationship with several other museums […]

18 December 2012


Manet Tops Treasures Valued At £29m Saved For Nation

Four globally important national treasures have been saved for display in UK museums in 2011/12. The four works are highlighted in the 58th annual report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, published today. The most important work mentioned in todays list was  Portrait of Mademoiselle […]

19 November 2012


DCMS – Museums Need To Get Better At Asking For Money

The head of philanthropy and fundraising at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in England and the UK, has told a conference that museums need to start getting better at asking for money. At a gathering held to unravel myths around philanthropy, Keith Nichol stated that the sector, “needed to stop wasting time […]

8 November 2012


Masterpieces Gifted In Lieu Of Tax Tops £25 Million

Valuable masterpieces by Sir Joshua Reynolds, JMW Turner and Peter Paul Rubens have been given to the nation in lieu of tax

7 June 2012


Government U Turn On Charitable Donations Encourages Philanthropists

The Culture Minister Ed Vaizey was at the Tate Britain last week to welcome a major donation of British Art by prominent collectors and philanthropists Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker. The Stoutzker’s gift includes works by Jacob Epstein, David Hockney, Lucien Freud (pictured left) and Rachel Whiteread. “This is an extraordinarily generous and significant gift to […]

17 December 2011


Millions In Art Donations Boost UK Museums

Turner, Hepworth and Sickert saved for the Nation to enjoy National treasures worth millions  were saved from export and purchased for public collections in lieu of taxes across the UK, in the last year . They are highlighted in the 57th annual report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and […]

29 January 2011


Arts Donations From UK Business Falls By 11%

Businesses investment in UK arts fell last year by 11%. This was despite Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s DCMS directive to encourage corporate philanthropy. The initiative was launched last year to take the pressure off of the Government, which has made cuts to the arts of around 30%. The figures clearly highlight the universal tightening of […]

23 December 2010


Arts Council England Absorbs Museums Libraries Council

It’s Official,and why do these things always happen just before the holiday break.The Department for Culture,Media and Sport (DCMS) under the new Coalition Government, as part of the spending review announced in October, has placed Arts Council England in charge of the budgets of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. As part of the restructuring, […]

13 December 2010


Jeremy Hunt Announces US Style Philanthropy Plan

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt who will always be best remembered for James Naughtie and Andrew Marr’s four-letter slip up, has announced that the government is to make available an £80m ‘matching fund’ for arts organisations. The idea behind this move is not rocket science, or even science. It is simply a price matching exercise, which […]

23 November 2010


Government Encourages Museums to Sell off Some Family Treasures

Does the new Coalition Government want Museums to sell off some of the family treasures? In late October, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey was asked by the Museum journal, Should cash strapped Museums be allowed to sell from collections, in order to stay open? and as repugnant as it sounds to all of us insiders, the […]