THE WORD Why Stoke Council’s proposal to axe its curators is wrong

AI’s revelation that Stoke-on-Trent City Council intends to make its two. ceramics curators - among 19 museum employees - redundant, reduce opening hours for its two pottery museums and close one of them to the public for five months of the year so that it can be used as a film and TV set met with a storm of protest, including a petition which has so far accumulated more than 20,000 signatures.

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TAITMAIL Where is Stoke’s pottery heart now?

AI''s news story about Stoke Council making curators redundant in its two pottery museums which appeared last Friday went viral almost immediately, notching more than 12,000 hits in a couple of hours, 50,000 after three days.

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THE WORD The Rifas, the research film Oscars

The Arts and Humanities Research Council has chosen the winners of this year’s Research in Film Awards, five short hard-hitting movies on issues ranging from autism to the climate crisis. Mike Collins is AHRC’s head of public engagement.

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Peterborough, October 5th, 1992, John Robertson for The Guardian

Alan Sparrow talks to John Robertson about his favourite news picture 

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MY STORY Artes Mundi, and the art of survival in a Covid world

 

Artes Mundi, the international visual art organisation based in Cardiff, gives the UK’s largest art prize - first awarded in 2003 - with a biennial exhibition to go with it. Next year it celebrates its 20th birthday, and in its first two decades it has developed partnerships, collaborations and commissions. Its director since 2019 has been Nigel Prince who was previously the executive director of the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver.

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SPOTLIGHT Barnsley: Renaissance borough

All eyes are on the cultural changes taking place in the South Yorkshire town. Patrick Kelly takes a look

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MY STORY Living with the immigrants in our garden

Diversity isn’t just for people, it extends to the plant kingdom too and a soon to be published study shows that three-quarters of the plants in our city gardens are non-native. Next year Birmingham’s Victoria Square will be given over to PoliNations, a celebration of horticultural as well as human diversity which is commissioned as part of UNBOXED, next year’s festival of the UK’s creativity marking the Queen’s platinum jubilee. Its creative director is Angie Bual, artistic director of the Bristol based arts organisation Trigger which makes outdoor and site specific live theatre.

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London’s East End, June, 1957, by Frank Pocklington

Alan Sparrow talks to Frank Pocklington about his favourite Picture Post photograph

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THE WORD Under-estimating the power of the tweet

Social media have become essential to arts organisations, says a new report, and often rely on underpaid and under-resourced operators. Alice Kent of the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre asks what can professional networks, industry, funders and policy-makers do to ensure that digital workers are better supported

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MY STORY Unlocking the passion for opera

On November 5 the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama launches Opera 360, an MA course designed to develop and nurture a passion for opera in music students and through them the wider public. Its leader is James Lea

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Death of Gaddafi, Misrata, Libya, 22nd October 2011, by Lucy Young

Alan Sparrow talks to Lucy Young about how a moment in history was captured

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Destination Margate, art’s new mecca, thanks to its gallery

Ten years ago Margate was the forgotten seaside resort. Its shops were boarded up, its arcades closed, its inhabitants complaining about the influx of supposedly illegal immigrants. Then they built an art gallery on the seafront. Simon Tait finds out what happened next

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