TAITMAIL The Mechanics of community life

Marsden is not one of those places whose name resonates in the annals of the arts world. Indeed, for many people travelling by train from Leeds to Manchester it’s no more than the briefly witnessed name of a station as your carriage whizzes past (though perhaps “whiz” is the wrong verb in the context of a journey that takes the best part of two hours to traverse a distance of just over 43 miles). 

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THE WORD Elitism - design’s forgotten pandemic

As the cultural sector works at recovering from the effects of the coronavirus emergency, we urgently need to address exclusion and inequality. However, interior design is falling behind the rest of the creative industries, says Stella Gittins, co-founder and group director of The Accouter Group of Companies interior design consultants, which the government as well as the industry itself needs to address

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MY STORY Blood and wonder of the gipsy opera

Carlo Rizzi, artistic director, Opera Rara

Opera Rara, the company that rediscovers, restores, records and performs lost operatic masterpieces, is reviving Ruggero Leoncavallo’s second most popular opera (after Pagliacci), Zingari, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall in December. It will be conducted by Carlo Rizzi, the former music director of Welsh National Opera and Opera Rara’s artistic director since 2019.

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GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE Borough culture power versus Covid

In 2019 Waltham Forest was the first of mayor Sadiq Khan’s London Boroughs of Culture. Lorna Lee, assistant director of culture at Waltham Forest Council, shows how the structure built then helped its communities through the pandemic

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Into the Twilight Zone, 6.45pm, 25th September 2018, by Roger Jackson

Alan Sparrow with an image of St Paul’s and the City a sunset

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GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE The word – on re-programming the word

Ted Hodgkinson is head of literature and spoken word at the Southbank Centre, where the London Literature Festival returns for the first time since 2019 on 21-31 October

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MY STORY Taking new music out of its niche

Tim Williams, artistic director of Psappha

As the Manchester-based classical music ensemble Psappha, which specialises in modern classical music, marks its 30th birthday its founder Tim Williams has announced he is standing down as artistic director. Described by its patron Mark-Anthony Turnage as “one of the most important - and most capable - ensembles in the world”, its anniversary tour will see it playing in London, Cambridge, Halifax and Sheffield and of course Manchester, as well as Italy and the United States.

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GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE Allowing theatres to breathe again

Philip Dowds is the founder and director of OKTO Technologies and OKTOair that specialise in smart buildings and air cleaning technology. Here he explains how theatres and concert halls can quickly be made safe again

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AI PROFILE The drumbeat of creativity in the fourth industrial revolution

Dr Paul Thompson, vice-chancellor, Royal College of Art

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Derby Day, Epsom, 1939; tipster Prince Monolulu by Frank Rust for the Daily Mail

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MY STORY Finbar Conran and Oscar Mitchell

Fels is an online gallery and store created by two artists, Finbar Conran (right in our picture, grandson of the late Terence Conran, founder of Habitat and of the Design Museum) and Oscar Mitchell, who met at art school. With Jan Henzel Studio they are presenting an exhibition, Against the Grain, exploring contemporary design. It is at the Copeland Gallery in Peckham from September 22-26 and is part of the London Design Festival

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The mulberry vision of Hogarth’s home

In a remarkable partnership between a local authority and community enthusiasts, the home of William Hogarth has opened out into a garden of delights. Simon Tait reports

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