Wood Green’s Chelsea

In a North London suburb a municipal building is being turned into a hotel for artists

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Red Book, White Paper, Green Light?

Christopher Gordon of GPS Culture, whose new report is entitled The Next Steps? – a contribution to debate on a new national policy for the arts and culture in England, on his hopes for the forthcoming arts White Paper

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Coming in from the kitchen

Public demand has inspired the exhibition of the work of John Bratby at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, his first retrospective. Simon Tait was given a tour by gallery director Liz Gilmore

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Arts with the sleeves rolled up

Local cultural services are bearing the brunt of the cuts, but arts development workers are finding other ways to support grassroots culture. Patrick Kelly reports 

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Giving history back to the people

Carole Souter CBE, chief executive, Heritage Lottery Fund

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Honours? What a performance…

Antony Thorncroft on how oddly gongs seem to hang in the arts

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Digging up gems

After seven successful years as chief executive of Orchestras Live, the orchestra development agency, Henry Little, once the Arts Council’s director of music strategy, has moved to become head of Opera Rara – “rare opera”

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Prime location

One of the loveliest libraries in Britain is a haven for writers and readers. Patrick Kelly pays a visit to Gladstone’s Library

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Running away with the Circus

Tania Wilmer, director of Stratford Circus Arts Centre, on the importance of art in reaching into the inner city

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When old is gold

Actresses of a certain age have lifetimes of experience to offer yet, says Dea Birkett, we pass them over too easily

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The giving culture

George Osborne’s praise for arts philanthropy as a means of fundraising coincided with work being done by BOP Consulting for the Arts Council. BOP’s senior consultant, Gregg Hutchings, reveals the lessons to be learned from its findings

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The long and the short

The Chancellor is backing the arts, it seems. But, asks Patrick Kelly, are other government policies going to shrink the growing creative economy?

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