TAITMAIL Leicester supports its culture by sacking its curators

It is not so much ironic as poignant, that the point at which a charity, the John Ellerman Foundation, recognises the growing crisis among museum curators and intervenes is swiftly followed by a local authority getting rid of all its curators. 

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Saving the curator – charity takes responsibility

A charity is stepping into new territory – funding core cultural activities. Simon Tait reports

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AI PROFILE  Turning the dial back to open the Royal Academy’s future

 Rebecca Salter RA, Keeper of the Royal Academy

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MY STORY Pencils of light

An exhibition, Multicolour, organised by Simon Butler, the founder of Migrate Art, opens in Mayfair on March 19 with work by artists including Michael Craig-Martin, Maggi Hambling, Mark Wallinger and Sara Shamma, all of which will be auctioned three weeks later. https://www.myartbroker.com/migrateart

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

The death of Donald Campbell, Coniston Water, 4thJanuary 1967, and British News Picture of the Year, by Michael Brennan

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MY STORY Crowning glory

Natalie Murray Beale is the creative director of Independent Opera which has commissioned a new cantata, A Sheen of Dew on Flowers, about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

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What's up in… Newcastle/Gateshead

AI looks at what's coming up around the country – this week, the arts in Newcastle/Gateshead

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City scope: putting culture alongside housing

Last week we brought you the report of the Cultural Cities Enquiry which could shift the base of arts funding in this country. But what does it mean? Jonathan Todd, chief economist at BOP Consulting, was part of the research team that led the UK-wide consultation process and provided the year-long enquiry with its essential data

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Making an art school for actors

Can - should - an art school teach acting? The University of the Arts shares its plans for Wimbledon with Simon Tait

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TALK OF THE TOWN HALL Council of despair?

Patrick Kelly hears the latest municipal whispers

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First steps

The National Youth Dance Company is in rehearsal for its seventh professional new production – with it seventh new troupe. Simon Tait talks to the company’s general manager Hannah Kirkpatrick

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How reviving Bodies makes theatre magic

The husband-and-wife team of Tricia Thorns and Graham Cowley, who operate as Two’s Company, rediscover a forgotten 20thcentury theatre masterpieces and produce them. Their latest, as Simon Tait discovers, is a James Saunders gem

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