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DEA BIRKETT Who do you think you’re talking to?

Dea Birkett takes the British Museum to task over its object labels, and who it thinks will read them Last month #AskaCurator happened, the annual day on which anyone can tweet a question to a curator. ...

DEA BIRKETT Where art cuts no ice

Dea Birkett sees a performance at Blackpool Pleasure Beach that would never get an Arts Council grant, but which moves the audience as much as any drama. So why isn’t it art? I ’ve seen the most moving, ...

DEA BIRKETT Resetting ‘the norm’

Dea Birkett wants to be surprised as she celebrates the Edinburgh Fringe It’s my 20th Edinburgh Fringe, but I’m not the only one celebrating. The Fringe is 70, and although it has “defying the norm” ...

DEA BIRKETT Time, gentlemen...

Dea Birkett wonders if there should be a time limit on how long artistic directors can stay in control How long should a good man be in power? David Lan, artistic director at London’s Young Vic, is ...

DEA BIRKETT Who should fill the culture seat?

Whoever was the victor in yesterday’s poll, we will almost certainly have a new Secretary of State for Culture. Dea Birkett has the job description There’s one outcome from this coming election that ...