17 July 2016


Culture Minister Ed Vaizey Banished To Back Benches By Theresa May

Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey MP for Wantage has been removed from his role as Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries by the new Prime minister Theresa May.  He said in a statement on his website, “It’s been an honour and a privilege to serve from the front benches and as your MP over the past 10 years, and […]

25 February 2016


Culture Minister Ed Vaizey Places Temporary Export Ban On Giacometti Sculpture

A sculpture by Alberto Giacometti, one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century is at risk of being exported from the UK. Femme will be lost to the Nation forever unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £2,083,500. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on Femme by Giacometti to try to […]

24 December 2015


Pontormo Masterpiece Acquires Temporary Export Ban By Culture Minister Ed Vaizey

The Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has put a temporary export bar on ‘Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap’ by Pontormo to provide the opportunity to save it for the nation.  The painting is one of only 15 portraits by the old master in existence. The majority of the works are located in Italy. […]

11 December 2015


Contemporary Art Society Launches New Acquisition Initiative For Regional Museums

A  new scheme launched by The Contemporary Art Society (CAS), aims to address the lack of important works of Contemporary Art in regional museums, across the UK. British contemporary artists who have established international reputations over the last 20 years are barely represented in most collections. The initiative was presented this morning at a breakfast held […]

20 August 2015


Ed Vaizey Places Export Bar On Topographical Watercolour By Thomas Davies

The very first eyewitness representation of Niagara Falls, a 1762 topographical watercolour by Thomas Davies, is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the £151,800 asking price. In order to provide a last chance to keep it in the UK, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed […]

24 June 2015


Cézanne: Temporary Export Bar Placed On Rare Painting

An important Cézanne painting that has been on long-term loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge for almost 30 years is at risk of being exported unless a UK buyer can be found to match the £13,522,500 asking price. In order to provide a last chance to keep it in the UK, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey […]

3 February 2015


Culture Minister Ed Vaizey bans export Of Claude Lorrain Painting

UK Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, has placed a temporary export ban on a 17th century painting by Claude Lorrain, which will provide a last chance to keep the work of art in the UK. The painting is considered to be one of the finest examples of the artist’s seaport and harbour scenes, the work is […]

30 December 2014


Ed Vaizey Hails Record Year For UK Creative Industries

2014 has been another incredible year for the UK’s creative industries. Data shows records being broken in visual art, and music with British film drawing massive world wide audiences through award winning titles such as ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘Mandela: Long walk to freedom’. Galleries and Auction houses have also had a bumper year […]

6 December 2014


Culture Minister Places Export Bar On Important Brueghel

British Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on the painting ‘The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man.’ by Flemish artist Jan Brueghel the Elder. The work will be exported overseas unless money can be found to match the asking price of £6,963,000. The artist was considered the most important […]

18 January 2014


Delfina Foundation Relaunches After £1.4m Redevelopment

The Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, and artists Jane & Louise Wilson were amongst those attending the re-launch of Delfina Foundation following a £1.4m redevelopment, making it London’s largest provider of artists’ residencies. Currently located in an Edwardian townhouse in Victoria, the Foundation has expanded into the adjacent building, doubling its residency and exhibition space.  It […]

15 January 2014


Mario Testino Presented With Honorary OBE By Culture Minister Ed Vaizey

Mario Testino the Peruvian-born photographer was today presented with an honorary OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey in recognition of his service to photography and charity. One of the most highly regarded fashion and portrait photographers in the world, Mario Testino came to London in […]

5 April 2013


Culture Minister Vaizey Orders Export Ban For Raphael Drawing

The Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has ordered a temporary export ban on Raphael’s “Head of a Young Apostle”, (c. 1519-1520) a cartoon for one of the figures in the Transfiguration altarpiece housed in the Vatican. This is arguably one of the most highly regarded altarpieces in the world. Raphael is considered one of the greatest […]

10 February 2013


Culture Minister Places Temporary Export Bar On Three Paintings

A 19th century painting of a London park and two canvases by the animal painter George Stubbs could leave the UK unless nearly £10 million is raised to keep them here. ‘Richmond Hill in the Summer of 1862’, by American painter Jasper Francis Cropsey, has been awarded a temporary export bar by Culture Minister Ed […]

2 February 2013


Ed Vaizey Announces Competition To Find 2017 UK City of Culture

A nationwide competition to find the UK’s next City of Culture has been launched by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey. The contest is set to run concurrently with the start of Derry-Londonderry’s  officially kick off year, as the first ever UK City of Culture. The honour is designed to use culture and creativity as a catalyst […]

14 July 2012


Reynolds Painting Of Omai Will Remain In The UK

The painting of Omai by the iconic English painter Sir Joshua Reynolds will remain in the UK, following Culture Minister Ed Vaizey’s refusal to grant a temporary export licence. The painting has been on display at the National Gallery of Ireland for more than five years and has only just returned to the UK. The […]

26 April 2012


Visual Art Rivals Music For Supremacy In London 2012 Festival Programme

Thomas Keane takes a look at the visual art highlights announced today for the London 2012 Festival – the summer climax of the Cultural Olympiad and perhaps ‘the largest cultural celebration in our lifetime’ ‘Once in a lifetime’ is a phrase that one hears considerably more than once in a lifetime. And such serial usage […]

29 February 2012


Henley Report Champions Art Schools

The government-commissioned Henley report makes a number of recommendations tol make England’s cultural education ‘the envy of the world’. In particular, it calls on the government to continue and extend ‘exceptional funding’ for art, drama, and dance institutions. The report argues that: ‘This sector of higher education trains creative arts leaders, artists and practitioners for […]

22 October 2011


Export Halted For Francesco Guardi Venice Masterpiece

£26,697,250 price tag to save painting for Nation The Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, has placed a temporary export bar on a painting by Francesco Guardi, Venice, A View of the Rialto Bridge from the Fondamenta del Carbon.  This will provide a limited period in which to raise the money to keep the painting in the […]

30 January 2011


Arts Council Creates Fund For Arts To Enter Digital Age

“The Arts should embrace new business models and technology” – Ed Vaizey Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, speaking at the Culture Change Conference in London last week, announced that the Arts Council and NESTA will draw up proposals for a scheme to support the notion that, “The arts industry should explore innovative and creative ways of […]