TAITMAIL What, me worry, when Mr Wright has come along?

Who is Jeremy Wright, the headlines on Tuesday were asking.  For me, he bears an unnerving likeness to Mad Magazine’sAlfred E Neuman (a kind of 1960s Forrest Gump who only ever said “What, me worry?”), but he was the Attorney General and is now the seventh Secretary State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport since 2010.

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Solving Bristol’s £50m Colston dilemma

AI PROFILE:           Louise Mitchell, chief executive, Bristol Music Trust

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MY STORY The lady of Holt

After a long career as an actor and producer, Anwen Hurt, widow of the actor Sir John Hurt who died last year, is taking on a new challenge, as artistic director of the Holt Arts Festival in Norfolk http://www.holtfestival.org

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Putting the heart back in Wrexham

Wrexham’s story goes back into prehistory. It was at the centre of Wales’s medieval independence wars, transformed by the industrial revolution, and by the mid 19thcentury a prosperous market town. Then it lost its heart.

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Isle of Wight, 1970, by Roger Bamber

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Milton Keynes - international festival city

AI PROFILE: Monica Ferguson, chief executive and artistic director of The Stables, Milton Keynes

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Opening the outdoor

Outdoor arts have become the sector for bringing together professional performance and community participation, and it’s growing, according to Xtrax and its Platform 4: UK project.

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THE WORD Are selfies art?

Yes? Hell no! … depends, says Kat Tiidenberg

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Lost Donizetti opera gets world premiere

On July 18, Opera Rara and the Royal Opera House will present the first ever performance of an opera by the great Italian composer, 179 years after it was written. Simon Tait reports

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Nigel & Angelica changing the game

It used to be a dirty word, philanthropy, because of its association with privilege. Now, thanks to some democratisation as “individual giving”, it might be what cleans up the mirky funding pond.

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Small answers to the big funding question

Next week entries will start to arrive for the Achates Philanthropy Prize, a contest for a modest £5,000 whose cash award is the least important part of it. Yet it could be part of the fundamental change so badly needed for arts funding.

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TAITMAIL Tessa's touch

Tessa Jowell’s death last weekend came as a shock to many, even though it was not unexpected, and many of her friends and acquaintances have written and spoken publicly about her kindness, her diligence, her generosity and her achievements.

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