ARTS NEWS22NADFAS REVIEW / SUMMER 2010www.nadfas.org.ukArts NewsArts and heritage updates from around the country. Compiled by Simon TaitFour reach shortlist for City of CultureThe final four for the shortlist to bethe UK's first City of Culture in2013 have been chosen. They areBirmingham, Derry/Londonderry,Norwich and Sheffield. They werechosen from a long list of 14 by apanel chaired by Phil Redmond,the television producer and creativedirector of Liverpool in its year asEuropean Cultural Capital in 2008. The four will now make finalbids, and this summer Redmond'spanel will see presentations fromeach of them before announcingthe eventual winner in July.Pictured:Norwich (above) and below (l-r) Birmingham, Londonderry and Sheffield -all in the running asthe UK's first City of Culture in 2013Coventry's Herbertis kids' favouriteCoventry's Herbert Art Gallery andMuseum, 50 years old this year,has been voted the seventh FamilyFriendly Museum of the Yearin theannual competition run by theGuardianand the charity Kids inMuseums. It beat Newcastle'sGreat North Museum; York'sBeningborough Hall; The HighlandFolk Museum, Newtonmore; thePotteries Museum in Stoke; and StNicholas Priory, Exeter. The contestants were judged byan undercover panel - and theirchildren. Following a £20mmakeover in 2008, the Herbertnow has eight permanent galleriesexploring local history, naturalhistory and art. "There was oneword which our undercover familyjudges repeatedly used about theHerbert - respect," said DeaBirkett, Director of Kids inMuseums. "They were welcomedand asked what they wanted todo, not told what they ought tosee. It's meeting families on anequal footing at the museum doorthat won the Herbert this award."Top:Family fun at the HerbertArt Gallery and MuseumThe Wedgwood Museum has gone intoadministration but will remain open to thepublic, with no redundancies planned. Five ofthe Wedgwood Group pension plan's 7,000-member scheme were employees of themuseum Trust when the Wedgwoodcompanies became insolvent last year. Thoughthe Trust is separate from the pottery, it hasbeen deemed liable for the £130m shortfall. Byplacing the Trust in administration, the pensionplan can seek support from the PensionProtection Fund, which provides guaranteedminimum payments to members of eligiblepension funds. Bob Young, from administratorBegbies Traynor, said: "We are confident we canfind a way to keep the museum open." The nexttask is to generate further funding to stabilise themuseum's future. Trust Chairman, GeorgeStonier, said: "The museum's trustees and theiradvisors are now working hard to find a solutionto this extremely unfortunate situation."Wedgwood Museum remains open as administrators called in
www.nadfas.org.ukNADFAS REVIEW / SUMMER 2010 23ARTS NEWSThe Cultural LeadershipProgramme has created the firstever list of the top 50 emergingwomen in culture, entitled Womento Watch. "If we want the UK to havedynamic creative and culturalindustries and compete globally,we must take this issue seriouslyand create an environment withthe sector that encourages andrecognises the work of emergingwomen leaders," commentedDavid Kershaw, the programme'sChairman. The list includes leaders inmusic, theatre, dance, museumsand in administrations such as theArts Council, and was chosen bya panel chaired by BBC Radio 4presenter Jenni Murray. "There are plenty of verytalented women in the arts, buttoo many who aren't making it tothe top," Murray said. "I'm notmuch of a fan of positivediscrimination, but I do approve ofpositive action and I think thatincludes helping women with theright support."To see the full list go towww.culturalleadership.org.uk/w2wlistTop:BBC Radio 4's JenniMurray -getting behind'positive action'Now CulturedWomen areones to WatchCutty Sark to be restoredfor Olympics.Cutty Sark, the 1869 tea clipper ravaged by fire in May 2007 in itsGreenwich dry dock while it was already under restoration, is to be fullyrestored in time for the 2012 Olympics, thanks to a government grant of£3m. The total cost, originally put at £25m before the fire, has risen to£46m, with £25m being pledged by the Heritage Lottery Fund.Maldwin Drummond, interim Chairman of the Cutty Sark Trust whichowns the ship, said: "As custodians of the ship, my trustees and I arehugely moved by the enormous generosity displayed by so many toensure that this ship is preserved for future generations."Images: © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. as Greenwich uncoversroyal pastIn further news, a new £6m visitorcentre, Discover Greenwich, hasopened just as it was announcedthe borough was to get royalstatus in 2012, the Queen'sDiamond Jubilee year, and itreveals royal connections goingback to Saxon times. Butarchaeology in recent years hasrevealed greater detail about theTudor presence here - Henry VIII,Mary I and Elizabeth I were allborn in the palace built by HenryVII, and Edward VI died there.For the first time, there is arecreation of the chapel (seemodel right) unearthed byarchaeologists in 2005, with floortiles and decorations from theceiling giving vital clues to how the chapel looked. William and Marybegan the conversion of the site to become the Greenwich Hospital fornavy pensioners, designed by Christopher Wren. Later it became theRoyal Naval College and is now in the care of the Greenwich Foundation.Galleries line upfor £100,000museum prizeEleven museum and gallerieshave been nominated for thisyear's £100,000 Art Fund Prize.Led by broadcaster KirstyYoung, the judges have chosenthe institutions showing themost originality, imaginationand excellence. They are: TheAshmolean (pictured), Oxford,for its redevelopment; Blists HillVictorian Town, IronbridgeGorge Museum Trust, after a£12m expansion; The GreatNorth Museum, Newcastle;Hampton Court Palace, for itsHeads and Hearts programme;Herbert Art Gallery andMuseum, Coventry, afterredevelopment; Leach Pottery,St Ives, rescued, restored andonce again the world's mostinfluential pottery studio; TheNational Army Museum,London, for Conflicts ofInterest; The Natural HistoryMuseum, London, for theDarwin Centre; The RoyalInstitution of Great Britain, forScience in the Making; TheTowner, Eastbourne, a localauthority gallery reborn as anew public art space; and TheUlster Museum, Belfast, after athree-year redevelopment thathas reshaped its character. Thepublic can vote for their favouritelong-listed institution atwww.artfundprize.org.uk. Thewinner is announced on 30 June.