SIMON TAIT'S DIARY

Art looking up at ITV   ITV is hoping to catch up with other channels in its arts coverage, a bit of a stop-start mission over the years, with Great Art, its answer to the BBC’s revived Civilisation.

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MOVIES Saving cinema

The unique Cinema Museum in a former Lambeth workhouse is fighting for survival. Simon Tait reports

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AI PROFILE Girl gangs of Hoxton

Karena Johnson, artistic director and chief executive of Hoxton Hall

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YOUTH Forbidden music

Disabled and disadvantaged young musicians are being barred from training, but a consortium of three major venues around the country has vowed to open opportunities for them. Simon Tait reports

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THEATRE Love power of theatre’s sniff factor

New research by neuroscientists at University College London shows that the thrill of drama can literally make the audience share a heartbeat. Simon Tait reports

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PATRICK KELLY'S BACK PAGE

AI's guide to the best to come...

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SIMON TAIT'S DIARY Flagging up Jack

In 1797 Jack Crawford nailed his colours, the ship’s union flag, to the mast of HMS Venerable and helped win the Battle of Camperdown, ruining Napoleon’s planned invasion of Ireland. But what happened to the colours?

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FUNDING Making it with the crowd

 

A new Nesta study has found that matched crowdfunding presents an option beyond grant-giving for funders for smaller arts organisations. Nesta’s Jonathan Bone and Sam Mitchell explain

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GALLERIES Immersed in Pussy Riot

In March 2012 two members of the feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot were jailed for two years after the group’s performance in Moscow Cathedral protesting against the church’s support of Putin. The experience of one of them, Nadia Tolokonnikova, is the subject of an extraordinary theatrical event being performed by an all-female cast as part of a Saatchi Gallery exhibition this month, created by Les Enfants Terribles

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THE WORD The lottery and saving the Arts Council

 

The National Lottery has transformed the status of the arts and heritage in England, and one of the few people still involved, as a trustee of subsidised arts organisations, who has seen from the start the wayward and unpredictable development of the monster that has delivered more than £1 billion to the sector is Prue Skene.

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AI PROFILE Directing a future of truth

Ellen McDougall, artistic director, The Gate Theatre, London

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MY STORY Out of the shadows

From street art to being collected by celebrities such as Antonio Banderas and Ronan Keating, Lhouette has had a meteoric career as a pop artist whose work sells for thousands. Earlier this year he made the news with a solo exhibition at a five star Mayfair hotel. Now he has a new collection, Beyond

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