The distinction between a refugee and an asylum seeker is a fine one. It seems to depend on the degree of despair, how the individuals referred to are regarded by those to whom they are appealing, and whether they are seeking merely shelter or more direct succour (a distinction that comes down to how much they are expected to be a burden on the taxpayer).
A new art prize is to feature in this autumn’s StART London Art Fair, the exhibition devoted to emerging talent at the Saatchi Gallery. The prize is sponsored by Martin Miller’s Gin and here the brand’s global head of marketing, Robert Eastham, explains how the partnership came together
At Museums Connections 2022 The Revels Office consultancy led an exploration of how museums can combine innovation, experience and retail strategy to create new commercial programmes. The Revel Office’s project co-ordinator, Jeani Tamakloe, sifts the inputs
Celestial Fracture, 23rd February 2021, by Leonard Di Maggio, Annie Maunder Prize winner
Alan Sparrow on a prize-winning photograph of space
BE FESTIVAL, shortened from Birmingham European Festival, emerged in 2010 from the spirit of exchange in Birmingham’s arts scene. It happens each June, opening this time today, Friday, to push the boundaries of theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, visual and performing arts, looking behind the scenes. Its founders and co-directors are Miguel Oyarzun and Isla Aguilar, and this year’s will be their last BE FESTIVAL. Here they look back at their Birmingham story
As he steps down after eight years as chairman of the Help Musicians charity, Graham Sheffield reflects on the changes that have challenged musicians and their growing needs
May 20 was an important birthday that saw the first appearance of beautiful, bouncing ROSA. But she’s a newcomer who has been 15 years in gestation.
Parole beer, Wakefield, 2nd May 1953, by Thurston Hopkins for Picture Post
Alan Sparrow on Thurston Hopkins
We get cynical joy out of taking apart the characters of great artists, and usually we wait until they are dead before we lay open their dark sides: Caravaggio, Turner, Millais, Eric Gill.
On March 1 Southend-on-Sea became a city, completing a 20-year campaign by its MP David Amess. Its qualification for city status is obscure: it has no cathedral or university, the customary prerequisites, and mostly getting cityhood does little more than feed local pride.
Janet Rady, curator of the Kyrgyz Republic Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale
Henri Cartier-Bresson, February 1953, by Marilyn Stafford
Alan Sparrow on Henri Cartier-Bresson and his protégée Marilyn Stafford