TAITMAIL Trusting in a new foundation

Negotiations on saving our culture from apocalypse, behind closed doors rather than in the correspondence pages of the national press, have begun and are expected to take until the end of the month, at least in their initial stage. Not long to build a new horizon.

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THE WORD For the nation to recover, we need our undervalued artists

Erica Whyman, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s deputy artistic director, believes this country has never valued its artists properly. That has to change, she writes, if Britain is to recover from the Covid-19 crisis

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Bem Le Hunte,  1st June 1983, by Boleslaw Lutoslawski

Former Fleet Street picture editor Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

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GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE How artists survive

Experts from Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University explore what impact Covid-19 closures have had on the visual arts industry, and its response

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MY STORY Nicola Moorby, art historian and Turner expert

In February the Bank of England issued the new polymer £20 note, the first banknote to feature a British artist. The chosen artist is J M W Turner with a self-portrait painted in about 1799, and to coincide this week the art historian and Turner authority Nicola Moorby launches a lecture series for The Arts Society Connected with her talk An Artist of Note: Turner and the new £20 note

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TaitMail Class action - literally

It’s hard to find a headline these days that doesn’t feed back into the dreadful impact of the coronavirus and the economic freeze which has followed.

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The creative crunch

In an exclusive interview with AI Caroline Norbury, the new chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, reveals the inside story of the fight to ensure the cultural desert looming in the coming economic downturn is turned into a bountiful garden for the economy, and why the sector and the country need an urgent funding package 

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

The 40th of a second that changed a life, 14th June 1958, by Roger Bamber.

Former Fleet Street picture editor Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

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THE WORD Widely read

Arts Council England is spending £151,000 to help public libraries buy e-books and e-audio products to meet  demand during the lockdown, with library membership having gone up 600% in the last month compared with the same period last year. Here Sue Williamson, ACE’s director, libraries, outlines what libraries are doing to help their communities

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Players of the lockdown orchestra bring live performance - from their kitchens and gardens

Forty members of the Orchestra of Opera North have performed a concert from their own Yorkshire homes – conducted from a church in Stockholm.

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MY STORY The am-dram romance lives on

Andrew Foulkes, secretary, Northenden Players

All arts organisations, particularly theatres, are suffering financially through the Covid-19 lockdown, and amateur dramatic societies are no different.

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Will Carling outpaces the Welsh defence at Cardiff Arms Park, 6th February 1993, by Pete Jenkins for the Sunday Telegraph

Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

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