THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

 Arezzo, Italy, June 2014, by Roger Taylor

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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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From Croydon, for Africa

AI Profile        For most of his life Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp, the Croydon born son of a veterinary professor and a nurse, didn’t use his Yoruba middle name. Now, as the new director of the Africa Centre, it is who he is: an African in London

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RA opens £56m ‘golden age’

The Royal Academy is marking its 250thanniversary with the opening of a £56m second building. Simon Tait reports

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Southampton shouts out

The John Hansard contemporary art gallery has left its cloistered campus home after 30 years, and opens with Gerhard Richter on Saturday in a new building in Southampton’s city centre. Simon Tait reports

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Playhouse Rocks

The West Yorkshire Playhouse is planning a major redevelopment – but changes to the building are only part of the story, discovers Patrick Kelly

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