Kramer to lead ENO

Daniel Kramer, the American-born multi-disciplinary performance director, is the new artistic director of English National Opera.

Great paintings, in a cinema near you

AI talks to the film maker Phil Grabsky about Exhibition on Screen and a new way to see art

Passing by... Programming my life

Antony Thorncroft takes a stroll down memory lane that leads him up surprising byways

Simon Tait's (Illustrated) Diary

National Youthbank... A game of two arts... Making space for Catrina... Lou's shed... Not a Secret anymore

Go-ahead for Globe of the North

A £19m Shakespeare playhouse for Merseyside has been given planning permission and should become operational in 2019.

My Story: Sign of the times

My Story: Sign of the times


Deafinitely Theatre was founded 14 years ago to be a showcase for deaf talent, for hearing as well as deaf audiences. its artistic director is the actor and director Paula Garfield, who is herself deaf

Arts jobs up, says ONS

The number of jobs in the arts has increased by 4% in the past year, according to the Office of National Statistics.

Opera: Stands to stalls

The innovative and unconventional Opera Holland Park marks its 20th birthday this summer with a new independence, a new season – and a film. AI talks to its founder Michael Volpe

Art Fund Prize: 'Bedlam' shortlisted for £100,000

Art Fund Prize: 'Bedlam' shortlisted for £100,000


The Museum of the Mind at Bethlem Royal Hospital, West Wickham – which gave the English language the word ‘bedlam’ - is one of four short-listed for the £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year Award.

The Word: How to place the 53rd week

The Lowry’s chocka calendar has had an extra festival squeezed into it around may day. its chief executive, Julia Fawcett, explains

James Runcie for BBC arts post

James Runcie, son of the former Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie, has been appointed to one of the top BBC arts posts.



There are almost 200 events happening in London on and around April 23, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, from a midnight matinee of Much Ado About Nothing on the remains of the first Bankside Tudor theatre, The Rose, to the recreation of Elizabethan honey and mead doughnuts. AI talks to Dr Lucy Munro (left), co-ordinating the events from King’s College

Whittingdale under fire over NPG intervention

Culture secretary John Whittingdale is under fire over his intervention in the appointment of trustees to the National Portrait Gallery.

In all his forms

Simon Tait on how the Royal Shakespeare Company’s plans for marking the death of its inspiration on the 400th anniversary this month are both contemporary
and a credit to the bard

Charterhouse to reveal secrets after 660 years

Charterhouse to reveal secrets after 660 years

The Charterhouse, originally a 14th century monastery built on a Black Death plague pit in Clerkenwell, London, and later the house where Elizabeth I called her first Privy Council meeting and James I stayed before his coronation, is to be opened to the public for the first time in its history.

Why the hell not?

Storme Toolis burst onto the national scene three years ago in BBC TVs New Tricks, one of the few disabled actors to appear on screen whose disability is not a feature of the plot. now the 23-year-old has taken on one of the most demanding roles in the shakespearean canon – in a production of which she is creative director and which is the subject of a forthcoming television documentary

NPG acquires unseen Freud

A recently discovered self-portrait by Lucian Freud, who died in 2011, has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, in lieu of tax.

My Story: Peter O'Neill...

... is the founder and director of Belfast’s Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics. He is also the creator of the city’s Comedy Festival, now in its fifth year. in his day time job, he is the Northern Ireland manager of the Alliance for Useful Evidence based with Nesta