TAITMAIL British Council cuts: ‘An act of wilful self-harm’

The UK’s soft power pre-eminence, the British Council reported in 2019, “is vital for its post-Brexit future”. But the cuts to the BC’s operations announced this week will significantly disempower us, said our former national security advisor Lord Ricketts: “I find this completely perverse”.

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MY STORY Taking new music out of its niche

Tim Williams, artistic director of Psappha

As the Manchester-based classical music ensemble Psappha, which specialises in modern classical music, marks its 30th birthday its founder Tim Williams has announced he is standing down as artistic director. Described by its patron Mark-Anthony Turnage as “one of the most important - and most capable - ensembles in the world”, its anniversary tour will see it playing in London, Cambridge, Halifax and Sheffield and of course Manchester, as well as Italy and the United States.

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GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE Allowing theatres to breathe again

Philip Dowds is the founder and director of OKTO Technologies and OKTOair that specialise in smart buildings and air cleaning technology. Here he explains how theatres and concert halls can quickly be made safe again

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AI PROFILE The drumbeat of creativity in the fourth industrial revolution

Dr Paul Thompson, vice-chancellor, Royal College of Art

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Derby Day, Epsom, 1939; tipster Prince Monolulu by Frank Rust for the Daily Mail

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MY STORY Finbar Conran and Oscar Mitchell

Fels is an online gallery and store created by two artists, Finbar Conran (right in our picture, grandson of the late Terence Conran, founder of Habitat and of the Design Museum) and Oscar Mitchell, who met at art school. With Jan Henzel Studio they are presenting an exhibition, Against the Grain, exploring contemporary design. It is at the Copeland Gallery in Peckham from September 22-26 and is part of the London Design Festival

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The mulberry vision of Hogarth’s home

In a remarkable partnership between a local authority and community enthusiasts, the home of William Hogarth has opened out into a garden of delights. Simon Tait reports

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AI PROFILE Small steps, lengthening strides

Ros Robins, executive director, Dance Consortium

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Basement Blues, Life in the Elephant for Picture Post, 8th January 1949, by Bert Hardy

Alan Sparrow on a legend of photojournalism

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MY STORY Commercial value

Oi!, the young UK-based illustration agency founded by Oli Roberts and his wife Abbie, has linked up with NABS, the charity that supports the advertising and media industry, in LivingPrint, a campaign to improve wellness among marketing and advertising workers post-Covid.

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My Story Acting up in class

Norwich Theatre – Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich Playhouse and Stage Two - has been awarded £150,000 by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for what is expected to be a ground-breaking project to support young people and their mental health, Wise About Words. It is major undertaking for the theatre and its chief executive Stephen Crocker, and for its partner in the scheme the Wensum Trust.

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GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE The ordering of Bath

Two of Bath’s favourites with visitors are coming out of the Covid crisis with optimism. Simon Tait paid a visit to find out why

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