GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE How to go to the theatre – post-Covid

Blackpool Grand Theatre has produced a guide to how technology will guide us into the theatre in the near future.

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THE WORD Finding your new post-Covid visual arts audience

Covid-19 has had a big impact on the visual arts,with cultural institutions forced to close for a long time. With arts organisations re-opening, Amanda Ravetz and RM Sánchez-Camus believe it is the perfect time to re-think how the visual arts industry can improve access and broaden their audiences – to “build back better” - through the SAFEDI Fellowship

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THE WORD The value of heritage to our future

As museums and galleries are able to open again from Monday, Professor Christopher Smith, executive chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, reflects on their importance to our post-Covid restoration

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Unravelled – the story of birds, buildings and climate change told through art

Despite having around 200,000 visitors in a normal year, the London Wetlands is one of the capital’s tourism secrets.

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MY STORY The arts of SWANA, the new Middle East, return with Shubbak

Ten years ago Shubbak, London’s biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture, returns with a programme ranging between visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature and debate, running from June 20 to July 17. Its artistic director is Eckhard Thiemann

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TAITMAIL Lie back and think of empire

The government is stepping up the culture wars by blocking the reappointment of Dr Aminul Hoque as a trustee of Royal Museums Greenwich (pictured).

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MY STORY Letting contemporary art breathe

A Swiss-born French citizen, Anne de Charmant founded Meadow Arts 20 years ago and has been its curator ever since. It celebrates at the Hay Festival in May with the launch of a book, Meadow Arts: the first 20 years.

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Tripoli Cafe 1960, May 1960, by Marilyn Stafford

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TAITMAIL Hail the non-elite art lovers of the North

By Patrick Kelly, Northern Editor

The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Druham, is, like all museums and galleries in England, unable to open its doors until May 17th. But the fact that you can’t get to see the amazing treasures inside merely gives the visitor a better chance to admire the magnificence of the building itself.

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AI PROFILE Making the difference

Tanika Gupta, playwright

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MY STORY The Liberty to reach out for Europe’s young artists

Lorna Fulton is the creative director of ArtReach, the Leicester-based contemporary arts development agency devoted to spreading creative engagement, which this week launches a new Europe-wide website to promote artists under 30, called Liberty EU 

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MY STORY Theatre of the senses

Ellie Griffiths is a specialist in sensory theatre, a way of capturing imaginations through lights, sound, textures, vibrations and smells. She is the artistic director and joint-CEO of Oily Cart, having taken over from the trio who founded the children’s theatre company 40 years ago. She has become the first UK artist to be awarded the Assitej International Award for Artistic Excellence, presented by the international network of children’s theatre organisations and shared with the Serbian choreographer Dalija Acin Thelander.

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