MY STORY Growing the art form, step by step

The new chair of trustees of one of our leading contemporary dance companies, Siobhan Davies Dance, is Emma Gladstone, a former dancer and now the artistic director and chief executive of London’s international dance festival Dance Umbrella

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FESTIVALS King of the Tyne

A unique festival connects the River Tyne to the legacy of civil rights activist Dr Martin Luther King. Patrick Kelly reports

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OPERA Making progress

A new opera company is a collaboration of practitioners and friends determined to pare away the mystique and present the art for its audiences. Simon Tait met OperaGlass Works

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HERITAGE Living with Turner

The great painter’s country home has been restored to the way he knew, thanks to the research and skill of a team of master craftsmen and women. Simon Tait reports

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MY STORY Going with the stream

Signum Records, the classical music label, is 20 years old next month, and in an era when recording companies have been disappearing with regularity, it has sold more than 750,000 CDs and released more than 500 new recordings at a current rate of 50 a year, distributed to 30 countries. Its managing director is Steve Long

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DEA BIRKETT Where art cuts no ice

Dea Birkett sees a performance at Blackpool Pleasure Beach that would never get an Arts Council grant, but which moves the audience as much as any drama. So why isn’t it art?

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FESTIVALS Getting to the heart of Hull

Patrick Kelly looks at the impact of Hull’s City of Culture year on local communities

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VENUES Facing the music

Grassroots music and arts venues are threatened by ever encroaching residential development. Patrick Kelly reports

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STREET ART New street talk

XTRAX, the showcase for outdoor arts, was set up
20 years ago by Manchester’s Streets Ahead Festival. Ten years ago it helped set up an offshoot, Without Walls. Here Maggie Clarke, director and founder of XTRAX, and Josephine Burns, executive chair of Without Walls, explain how it is the way to the future – and how artists themselves can help guide it

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THE WORD The art of the artisan

Alberto Cavalli, director of the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, and author of The Master’s Touch: Essential elements of artisanal excellence, believes that craftsmanship and artistic creativity go hand-in-hand

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THEATRE Jeeves, Potter and love in the Lakes

A 200-seat Lake District theatre that consistently loses money, The Old Laundry, is celebrating its 25th birthday with a triumphant revival of a musical by some of the people who created it

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