MY STORY Miranda Lowe, exercising cultural power

Culture& was founded in 1987 as Cultural Co-operation to promote diversity in the arts and heritage workforce, cultural exchange and to expand audiences. A charity, it has appointed Miranda Lowe, a curator at the Natural History Museum, as its chair. Last year she appeared as a guest on the BBC Radio 4 programme The Museum of Curiosity when her hypothetical donation was a moon jellyfish.

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MY STORY Charlotte Randle and the voice of sanity

Charlotte Randle's is a familiar face on television and stage, with the thriller mini-series The Trials of Jimmy Rose, roles in RSC productions and appearances on the London stage, but Covid-19 and the lockdowns have closed theatres in what has been a mad and painful year for performers. It has prompted a career diversion for Charlotte and her new venture is as the voice on the audiobook, Glyn K Green’s Jung for Kittens 

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MY STORY The Playhouse: a space to make meaning together

Kevin Murphy, chief executive, The Playhouse, Derry~Londonderry

The Playhouse Derry, in the UK’s first UK City of Culture, is a 146-seat theatre and multi-discipline arts centre founded by Pauline Ross in 1992 in the former St Mary’s Convent and St Joseph’s School with a grant of just £300. As well as a theatre it is now an award-winning community arts centre devoted to reconciliation and the peace process. It’s new CEO is Kevin Murphy, formerly chief officer of Voluntary Arts Ireland.

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

St David’s Day, Wrexham, 1st March 1968, by Michael Brennan

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MY STORY Down on the art farm: Deborah Parkes, co-founder, Clayhill Arts

Set in a converted Somerset farm, Clayhill Arts is a training retreat for artists and creative professionals founded by Deborah and Michael Parkes and opening in 2017, and also a model of arts enterprise

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MY STORY Art Is Essential - the drawing on the wall

Paula Orrell, a curator, is the director of the Contemporary Visual Art Network (CVAN) and has just launched Art Is Essential, #ArtIsEssential, a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of visual art 

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MY STORY Sophie Stone - light in the Green Room

A new 12-part accessible podcast dedicated to the work of deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists is being launched tomorrow, February 11, devised and produced by a new collective called STRIVE. The TV, film and stage actor SOPHIE STONE, who was born deaf, is part of the team.

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TAITMAIL Once upon someone’s time

This is National Storytelling Week, the annual celebration of the spoken tale that’s been going since 2000, and it comes in the middle of an unprecedented explosion of literary enthusiasm.

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The tales a million of us could tell

Almost a million Britons have written their own books during lockdown, according to the biography writing service StoryTerrace.

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Bluebell Girls in Paris, 1st November 1951, by Grace Robertson

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THE WORD Covid – a glimmer of light for minority artists?

Through the catastrophic gloom of the pandemic for art, the Liverpool-born artist Chila Kumari Singh Burman sees a possible silver lining for marginalised groups

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TAITMAIL The day the music died

Was it February 3, 1959, when the headline mourned the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper in a plane crash? Or was it December 31, 2020?

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