Sir Terence Conran, who foundedthe Design Museum 30 years ago,is to give £17.5m for its move tothe former Commonwealth Institutebuilding in Kensington. He haspromised a cash gift of £7.5m andthe value of the lease of thepresent museum building at ShadThames, thought to be worth £10m.Deyan Sudjic, Director of theDesign Museum, said: "The gift tothe Design Museum is a hugelygenerous investment in the future.By making our ambition to move tothe former Commonwealth Institutemuch more achievable, he makespossible a project that will give themuseum three times as muchspace as it has now. The newARTS NEWSConran gives £17.5m to help Design Museum moveGovernmentlaunches cultureendowment fundCulture Secretary Jeremy Hunthas announced a new £55mEndowment Fund, to be chairedby former cabinet ministerMichael Portillo, to help arts andheritage organisations secure theirown future. Arts organisationswillbe able to bid for between£500,000 and £5m from the fundto match money already raised."Many cultural organisations are fragile," Hunt said. "They'reled by talented, passionatepeople who rightly think that greatart matters more than greatmoney. Yet without financialsecurity, fragility becomesvulnerability, and great art cansometimes wither on the vine."The £55m - £30m from thegovernment to be augmented by£25m from private giving expectedin the next four years - is part ofthe philanthropy fund announcedby Hunt last December that hasnow grown to £100m. Design Museum will be thedefinitive voice of contemporarydesign, reinforcing Britain's placeas one of the world's leadingcreative economies."Conran has given it £50m sincethe museum began as TheBoilerhouse in the V&A in 1981. Itopened in Shad Thames eightyears later. The Grade II* listed1960s Commonwealth Institutebuilding has been empty since2001. Planning permission for itsconversion was given last year andits refurbishment will be completedby 2014 at a total cost of £77m.Left: Deyan Sudjic, Sir TerenceConran and David Cameron Top:The former CommonwealthInstitute building in Kensingtonwww.nadfas.org.ukNADFAS REVIEW / AUTUMN 2011 13Folkestone has 19 more new worksof art on public display throughoutthe seaside town with its secondTriennial. With the theme title AMillion Miles from Home, curatorAndrea Schlieker has travelled theworld to find artists who couldrelate to Folkestone's geographicalposition on the edge of Britain, "agateway to the wider world but atthe same time isolated". Manyhave worked with local people.Cornelia Parker's bronze Mermaid,which will be a permanentadornment on the sands as anecho of Copenhagen's famouslandmark, was modelled onGeorgina Baker (pictured), a 38-year-old mother of two who haslived and worked all her life inFolkestone. The triennial closes on30 September.New focus for19 extra works for Folkestone's Triennial art showcaseEnglish Heritage A radical new programme of toppriorities to meet a cut in its grantof more than £50m over the nextfour years has been announced byEnglish Heritage, with a newNational Heritage Protection Plan,setting out how England'svulnerable historic environment willbe safeguarded up until 2015.While 400 EH staff are to losetheir jobs and grants and servicesare to be cut because of thegovernment's 35 per cent reductionin its subsidy, Chief ExecutiveSimon Thurley said particular areasof concern had been identified andwould be focused on. He also launched a new NationalHeritage List, an online databaseof the UK's 400,000 listed buildings.Images: © Luke Hayes
ARTS NEWS14NADFAS REVIEW / AUTUMN 2011www.nadfas.org.ukThe once drab Norwegian town ofDrammen has announced itsrebirth by unveiling a spectacularcenterpiece in the form of a £1.1m,4 metre-high walk-in water sculptureby the British artist William Pye. It is the latest in a growing line ofcontemporary British art that isadorning foreign cities, Pye's WaterPavilionin Norway follows AntonyGormley's Habitat in Anchorage,Alaska (2010); Richard Wilson'sFinal Corner, commissioned byFukuroi City, Japan, to mark the2002 World Cup; RachelWhiteread's controversialJudenplatz Holocaust MemorialinVienna, also known as theNameless Library(2000), and theextraordinary Cloud GateinMillennium Park, Chicago, madeby Anish Kapoor whose Leviathanis currently stunning Parisians as itoccupies the whole of the GrandPalais exhibition hall. In Moscow'sCopernicus Centre, a kineticartwork by the British collectiveknown as Greyworld was installedlast year.Left:William Pye in DrammenPye's £1m 'Water Pavilion' to regenerate Norwegian townLady Anne Clifford, Countess of Pembroke and one of the great magnates of the 17th-century Lake District, celebratedher inheritance in 1646 when she had a triptych painted, probably by Jan van Belcamp,which tells the Clifford family story. In 1981 it was bought by theLakeland Art Trust for the AbbottHall Gallery at Kendall, but only thetwo outer panels of the triptychcould be got into the Georgianbuilding. So apart from a briefshowing at Tate Britain in 2004,the central panel, 2.5m square,has been in store and the triptychseparated.The solution, it was decided,was to clear a dedicated displayarea and manoeuvre the panel,Lady Anne's triptych finally reunited at Abbott Hallconserved after its years underwraps, in through a window. Atlong last the complete triptych hasbeen reunited and is on show atAbbot Hall.www.abbothall.org.ukAbove: The central panel from Lady Anne Clifford's triptych had to be manoeuvred through a window at Abbott HallOlympic Museum willcome to LondonThe Olympic Museum in Lausanneis to send part of its hugecollection to London for the 2012Games, with up to 500 objects,plus film and video being displayedthroughout the Royal OperaHouse. It will be hosted by theRoyal Opera House as part of theCultural Olympiad. The display will include goldmedals from each of the Gamessince 1896, and torches since1936. Among the objects will bethe shoes worn by Emil Zatopekwhen he won the 1952 marathon.Bristol's £27m M Shedmuseum opensBristol's new, admission-free citymuseum has opened in one of thewaterfront's 1950s transit shedsfrom which the museum takes itsname. Converted at a cost of£27m, M Shed joins SS GreatBritain, the Arnolfini Gallery and theWatershed Media Centre inBristol's cultural hub.Through 3,000 exhibits, themuseum uses thousands of storiesof Bristol people to draw the city'snarrative, from Nick Park'sAardman Animations, creators ofWallace and Gromit, to the BristolBus Boycott led by black workersin 1963. Julie Finch, Head ofBristol Museums and Archives,said: "M Shed builds on Bristol'sgreat heritage to bring experts andthe community together."