Arts & Culture
The fourteenth artwork to adorn Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, two subtly striking bronze figures from Samson Kambalu, has been unveiled.
Arts Council England is to share its funding decisions for the next National Portfolio on 26th October.
Southbank Centre has teamed up with Apple for a groundbreaking partnership aiming to empower Black creatives in the UK.
The Centre for Cultural Value has launched the second round of its Collaborate fund for research partnerships between culture and academia.
Christie’s has launched its own in-house NFT platform (finally) allowing sales to exist fully on the blockchain.
At last! Robots have completed their takeover of the art world! The DALL-E 2 art bot is now open for all to make AI-generated art on literally anything you can think of.
Get used to seeing this one, folks. King Charles III has unveiled his royal cypher designed by the College of Arms.
Indian sustainable architecture studio Wallmakers and founder Vinu Daniel have bagged the prestigious Royal Academy Dorfman Award.
Adidas and Soul Cap have teamed up to launch a swimming cap designed for Black hair.
Theatre & Dance
The National Theatre is extending its Theatre Nation Partnership network to include every region in England.
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced a bunch of initiatives to enhance young people’s access to arts education.
A show by Danny Boyle based on The Matrix is to open at Manchester’s new £186m venue Factory. Will bend over backwards to get to this one!*
(*So, basically, in The Matrix, there’s a part where Keanu Reeves ‘bends over backwards’ - really far backwards actually - to dodge a bullet. Hope that helps).
Tourism & Heritage
Wired on how climate change is burying important archaeological sites under sand around the world.
Press, Books & Libraries
Libraries across the UK are responding to the cost of living crisis by becoming ‘warm banks’ for the vulnerable over winter.
BBC World Service is cutting 400 jobs in a bid to save £28.5m as part of wider plans to move digital-first.
The Spectator looks back at the genius of author Hilary Mantel and The Guardian reflects on her towering legacy.
Seriously good tidings. Bill Bryson is coming out of retirement to record a Christmas audiobook.
Aw, fwends. The Daily Mail and Mail Online are to stop being rivals and start sharing stories.
Exhibitions and Events
War Games, the world’s first exhibition to explore what video games tell us about conflict, has opened at the Imperial War Museum.
To celebrate Freud’s big 1-0-0, the Gagosian is reuniting him with best buds including Bacon and the National Gallery is hosting a sweeping retrospective.
Driving Change, the Roundhouse’s annual event on opening up access to the creative industries, is back on 13th October. Speakers include David Lammy MP.