Post-Olympic Stratford is booming. The V&A, Sadler’s Wells, University College London and even the London College of Fashion are all settling in at the Olympic Park, or what Boris Johnson called Olympicopolis. It’s getting a £2.3bn international quarter for global corporations, the 34-storey Sky View Tower and the 14-storey City West Tower. Even the multi-storey car park by the station is to turn its top level over to a roof garden.
Behind the gloss of post-Olympic prosperity, the communities of Newham are still seriously challenged. For 30 years East London Dance has been lifting their hearts and aspirations and now, as it prepares for its third Ideas Summit, it is contemplating its own biggest step forward. Simon Tait talks to its director, Polly Risbridger
Anita Choudhrie on why it is time for the gender imbalance in art to be evened up
A charity is stepping into new territory – funding core cultural activities. Simon Tait reports
Rebecca Salter RA, Keeper of the Royal Academy
An exhibition, Multicolour, organised by Simon Butler, the founder of Migrate Art, opens in Mayfair on March 19 with work by artists including Michael Craig-Martin, Maggi Hambling, Mark Wallinger and Sara Shamma, all of which will be auctioned three weeks later. https://www.myartbroker.com/migrateart
The death of Donald Campbell, Coniston Water, 4thJanuary 1967, and British News Picture of the Year, by Michael Brennan
Natalie Murray Beale is the creative director of Independent Opera which has commissioned a new cantata, A Sheen of Dew on Flowers, about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
AI looks at what's coming up around the country – this week, the arts in Newcastle/Gateshead.
Last week we brought you the report of the Cultural Cities Enquiry which could shift the base of arts funding in this country. But what does it mean? Jonathan Todd, chief economist at BOP Consulting, was part of the research team that led the UK-wide consultation process and provided the year-long enquiry with its essential data
Can - should - an art school teach acting? The University of the Arts shares its plans for Wimbledon with Simon Tait
Patrick Kelly hears the latest municipal whispers