We scour the media each week for our favourite four cultural stories, innovations or campaigns across the vibrant sectors that our team promotes, including: books; visual art; architecture and design; museums; performing arts; and universities
Marking a centenary on the walls
It’s a hundred years since Nancy Astor, the first female MP (and one of the former owners of our client Cliveden House) took her seat in the House of Commons. To celebrate, parliament will give its art collection which ‘mainly shows white men’ a much-needed overhaul, introducing ‘dozens of former and current female politicians and campaigners’ to the corridors of Westminster, as reported in The Guardian.
From probation officer to poet laureate
Along with widespread celebrations at the Nibbies this week, the trade collectively praised the announcement of West Yorkshire writer Simon Armitage as the new poet laureate for the next decade. Armitage, who joked with BBC News that his line manager was the Queen, said ‘he planned to use the profile to establish some sort of project or award for writing about climate change, and that he had a dream — “very possibly completely unrealistic” — to set up a National Centre for Poetry.’
Mental health matters
Mental health was firmly on this week’s media agenda. Campaigns included London landmarks turning green as reported in the Evening Standard and the Arts Council’s Get Creative Festival and ‘Feel Good Test’ marked by the BBC with a ‘Clear the mind’ image gallery, We were moved by Laura Dockrill’s appeal to her social media followers to watch Louis Theroux: Mothers on the Edge following her own experience with post-partum psychosis after giving birth last year and enjoyed going along to Matt Hancock MP’s talk about the power of arts to improve health & well-being, even if his outfit did get some stick on Twitter.
Stand-out exhibition images
Our picture story of the week goes to Luke Jerram’s giant spherical moon sculpture, which arrived at the National History Museum ready for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11th landing, as seen in Thursday’s The Guardian. But giving it a run for its money is our own Matt Railton, whose portrait taken in an Es Devlin installation at last summer’s The Serpentine party has made it into the new AI exhibition at the Barbican.
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