TAITMAIL After 251 years welcome, Madam President

The Royal Academy has elected its first ever woman president. She is the 64-year-old painter and printmaker Rebecca Salter. Does it matter?

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THE WORD Manifesto dreams

Today’s the day, and one wonders what Nicky Hirst will make of it all. Why Nicky Hirst – because she is the official artist for the UK general election, writes Patrick Kelly.

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The face of Chloé who is shifting the art story

Marine Tanguy, a young French-born entrepreneur who dropped out of university twice, is quietly and energetically switching the balance of the market in favour of artists.

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AI PROFILE Painter of the RA’s renaissance

Christopher Le Brun, president of the Royal Academy

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Big Foot, Small Chick, Sherwood Zoo, April 4, 1974, by Ian Tyas

Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

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TAITMAIL The Mayflower legacy and the Wampanoag

We were wondering, weren’t we, what the next 14-18 NOW might be, the next national celebration of an historical event that could have a variety of interpretations to clarify a significant moment in our collective past but at the same time have an international resonance. Is it Mayflower 400?

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The debt of the Mayflower, 400 years on

The 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing for America with 102 passengers is the springboard for Plymouth’s resurgence. But the city’s inclusion in the story is an accident.

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Click goes the election starting gun

Alan Sparrow on the trials of election photojournalism

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TAITMAIL Council cash crisis? Flog the art

By Patrick Kelly

It may surprise you to know that the TaxPayers’ Alliance, that secretive lobby group that promotes low taxes and free market fetishism, has long had a fixation about art, particularly that art owned by the public.

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REVIEW Reverspective: the inside-out-world of Patrick Hughes

This is a self-portrait of the surrealist artist Patrick Hughes. It looks like a conventional convex life mask, but it isn’t: it’s concave, a paradigm of Hughes’s “reverspective” world.

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AI PROFILE Helen Wallace and the nature of music

What Kings Place’s 2020 season Nature UnwrappedSounds of Life is emphatically not about is climate change. It is so much more.

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GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE The twittering of governance

A year ago the Cultural Governance Alliance (CGA) was set up by the Clore Leadership Programme, with partners such as UK Theatre, Cause 4 and Association of Independent Museums, writes Simon Tait.

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