Dickens - the scientist

 An exhibition opening next month at the Charles Dickens Museum reveals an unexpected new dimension to the great Victorian novelist. Simon Tait reports

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The artist, afloat on a Sea of Plastic

Tony Common, the graphic genius behind countless screen presentations, has brought his skills to create a disturbing body of work, Sea of Plastic, in the hope of helping to save wildlife from our waste. He talked to Simon Tait

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Brixton message to the Windrush descendents – abandon violence, seize your heritage

AI Profile                    Paul Reid, director, the Black Cultural Archive

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Giving China’s 21st century performers a place in London’s calendar

Was Debussy Chinese? No, of course not, but he might have been, thinks An-Ting Chang.

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Where are our monuments? History and the Windrush fiasco

The Black Cultural Archives, the nation’s only repository dedicated to the heritage of African and Caribbean heritage people, opened its centre in Windrush Square, Brixton, in 2014, but why the Windrush documents if no longer thought useful, were they not passed over to the archive?Here its director, Paul Reid, looks at the history behind the unfolding fiasco regarding for the Windrush generation - and sees a shameful lack of appreciation of the Black citizens who have helped create today’s Britain, creating a hostile environment for legal migrants

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Crossing the Narrow Water

A literary festival aims to bridge the gap between Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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THE WORD Art should lead the attack on the gender wall

The British Punjabi artist Chila Kumari Burman (main image), who explores Asian femininity in paintings and installations, photography and printmaking, and film, sees art as central to breaking the gender gap and widening the cultural gaze

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THE WORD Own Art - who owns it?

Gallerist Ann Petherick calls time on her participation in the Own Art scheme, aimed at encouraging artlovers to buy art in easy payments

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MY STORY The Streetcar to Chelsea, and a plea for empathy

Last year Chelsea Walker won the Royal Theatrical Support Trust Sir Peter Hall Director Award, and part of her prize was the chance to direct a classic play in Southampton’s new city-centre Nuffield Theatre, a co-production with English Touring Theatre and Theatr Clwyd, and is back in Southampton next week after a national tour

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Grass roots to heritage fabric – history and Nadfas

2018 is a golden year for one of our leading heritage organisations, which is celebrating under a new name. Simon Tait reports

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How the creative sector was invented

AI PROFILE:       Ben Evans, chairman of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leaders Board

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The power and the glory

A new exhibition at Chatham Historic Dockyard traces 400 years of its history through the visions of artists. Simon Tait reports

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