TAITMAIL Lie back and think of empire

The government is stepping up the culture wars by blocking the reappointment of Dr Aminul Hoque as a trustee of Royal Museums Greenwich (pictured).

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MY STORY Letting contemporary art breathe

A Swiss-born French citizen, Anne de Charmant founded Meadow Arts 20 years ago and has been its curator ever since. It celebrates at the Hay Festival in May with the launch of a book, Meadow Arts: the first 20 years.

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Tripoli Cafe 1960, May 1960, by Marilyn Stafford

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TAITMAIL Hail the non-elite art lovers of the North

By Patrick Kelly, Northern Editor

The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Druham, is, like all museums and galleries in England, unable to open its doors until May 17th. But the fact that you can’t get to see the amazing treasures inside merely gives the visitor a better chance to admire the magnificence of the building itself.

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AI PROFILE Making the difference

Tanika Gupta, playwright

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MY STORY The Liberty to reach out for Europe’s young artists

Lorna Fulton is the creative director of ArtReach, the Leicester-based contemporary arts development agency devoted to spreading creative engagement, which this week launches a new Europe-wide website to promote artists under 30, called Liberty EU 

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MY STORY Theatre of the senses

Ellie Griffiths is a specialist in sensory theatre, a way of capturing imaginations through lights, sound, textures, vibrations and smells. She is the artistic director and joint-CEO of Oily Cart, having taken over from the trio who founded the children’s theatre company 40 years ago. She has become the first UK artist to be awarded the Assitej International Award for Artistic Excellence, presented by the international network of children’s theatre organisations and shared with the Serbian choreographer Dalija Acin Thelander.

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THE WORD Why we must revive the joy of shopping in museums

Rishi Sunak has handed visitor attractions a multimillion-pound lifeline, but Callum Lumsden, director of Lumsden Design - behind the retail spaces at MoMA in New York, Harry Potter in London, Abbey Road Studios, Vienna’s Winter Palace, the V&A and Tate Modern – says there’s a bigger job to be done here. We need to rethink visitor attractions, and recognise their role in reconnecting museums, galleries and venues with local communities 

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THE WORD NFTs - can they take the keys from the art market’s gatekeepers?

Anya Zakharova, managing director of Stellar International Art Foundation, believes non-fungible tokens - NFTs – can break the exclusivity of the art industry

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MY STORY Producers: changing the world one show at a time

Chris Grady is a facilitator and trainer who has done most jobs in theatre over a 40 year career except act and direct. He and his CGO Institute have established a unique Diploma for Creative Producing, with the first cohort graduating in February at the end of a 16-week course and the second starting on April 12, the third in November.

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AI PROFILE Jerwood, downsizing to keep giving big

ALAN GRIEVE has run the Jerwood Foundation as an arts and education charity for 30 years, and given away more than £100m. Now, at 93, he contemplates the future for the arts and the Jerwood

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Leaping lady, 17th April 1954, by George Douglas

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