The Henry Moore Studios & Gardens has announced its new Senior Curator of Collections and Research, Laura Barlow. Barlow will join the team to lead the day-to-day care and management of the collection of art, archives, and artefacts, as well as research into the life and works of Henry Moore.
Five appointments have been made to the National Museums Liverpool Board. The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has appointed John Belchem, Dinah Birch, Lynn Collins, Anna Farthing and Philip Lloyd as Trustees of National Museums Liverpool for terms of four years.
The Garden Museum in London has appointed Rupert Tyler to the role of Chair of the Board of Trustees. Tyler will take over the position, which has been held by Mark Fane for twelve years, in June 2023.
The Hunterian Museum in London will reopen after a six-year, £4.6m development, marking the 210th anniversary of its creation.
Barking and Dagenham Council has announced it will move forward with plans for the development of its Women’s Museum, set to open later this year in Barking Town Centre.
The V&A’s new exhibition, DIVA (image above), will be the first exhibition of its kind to celebrate the “extraordinary power and creativity of iconic performers who have made their voices heard from the 19th century to today”. On display will be the black dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in ‘Some Like it Hot’, costumes designed worn by Tina Turner, P!nk and CHER, and objects of ‘divadom’ including posters, song sheets and handwritten lyric sheets. Runs 24 June 2023 – 7 April 2024.
The University of Aberdeen’s Cruickshank Botanic Garden will host an outdoor exhibition celebrating the contribution of the Polish community to life in the city. ‘Loons & Quines o’Seaton and Old Aberdeen’ will demonstrate the influences and contributions made by Poles who have made Aberdeen their home over the decades. Runs 16 April – 30 June 2023.
The UK’s first ever public gallery exhibition of works by Yun Hyong-keun, a leading figure in Korean art, will take place at Hastings Contemporary this summer. Liz Gilmore, its Director said: “The exhibition will focus on Yun’s stunning and reflective umber and ultramarine paintings, which makes such a fitting juxtaposition with our location between land and sea.” Runs 10 June – 1 October 2023
The National Portrait Gallery has announced its commission of a portrait of Sir Nicholas Serota, the first commission for the gallery by artist and film-maker, Sir Steve McQueen. It will be displayed for the first time when the Gallery reopens in June 2023 and will hang in the Weston Wing, the new permanent home for the Gallery’s contemporary collection.
The first retrospective of Dante Gabriel Rossetti is to be held at Tate, the largest exhibition of his work in two decades. Part of ‘The Rossettis’, the exhibition explores the works of the’ ‘Rossetti generation’, Dante Gabriel, Christina and Elizabeth. The exhibition is the first retrospective of Elizabeth Siddal for 30 years, featuring her rare surviving watercolours and drawings. Runs 6 April – 24 September 2023
The Museum of Youth Culture has secured a £72,400 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to collect, catalogue and preserve youth culture objects for a new physical collection, aiming to teach 100 years of social history to young people through objects alone and two paid internships at their London based HQ.
The UK’s first and only World War I battlefield, Heugh Battery in Hartlepool, has been awarded almost £40,000 to carry out specialist repair assessments. Now run as an independent military museum by Heugh Gun Battery Trust, the North East museum holds a collection of military artefacts and artillery pieces from throughout history.
The Brunel Museum has secured a grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry to create a new show for schools, called Mud, Flood and Fire. Using the experiences of the workers who dug the Thames Tunnel. Working with Spectrum Drama, the show will be piloted with local schools.