TAiTMAIL ROSA’s day

May 20 was an important birthday that saw the first appearance of beautiful, bouncing ROSA. But she’s a newcomer who has been 15 years in gestation.

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Parole beer, Wakefield, 2nd May 1953, by Thurston Hopkins for Picture Post

Alan Sparrow on Thurston Hopkins

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TAITMAIL Munnings, riding back into the light

We get cynical joy out of taking apart the characters of great artists, and usually we wait until they are dead before we lay open their dark sides: Caravaggio, Turner, Millais, Eric Gill. 

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TAITMAIL The Metal in a new city’s culture

On March 1 Southend-on-Sea became a city, completing a 20-year campaign by its MP David Amess. Its qualification for city status is obscure: it has no cathedral or university, the customary prerequisites, and mostly getting cityhood does little more than feed local pride.

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MY STORY Kyrgizstan culture’s world premiere

Janet Rady, curator of the Kyrgyz Republic Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month 

 Henri Cartier-Bresson, February 1953, by Marilyn Stafford

Alan Sparrow on Henri Cartier-Bresson and his protégée Marilyn Stafford

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MY STORY Oxford Playhouse reaching out over covid

Paul Simpson, participation manager, Oxford Playhouse

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TAITMAIL Real Peckham

Eleven years ago the Independent on Sunday ran a story with the headline “Introducing the new Montmartre: it’s Del Boy’s manor, Peckham SE15”. It was announcing the launch of a ten year plan “for Peckham’s rebirth as the capital’s cultural heartbeat”.

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THE WORD Feeling better

Rosie Heafford is the artistic director of Second Hand Dance, a disabled-led dance company based in Surrey that creates bold, accessible and sensory dance experiences, especially for children but also for adults. Here she explains why, with Covid, her work has suddenly changed

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Melissa Mclure, Santa Monica Beach, 1950s, by George Douglas

lan Sparrow on ‘Speedy George’, the cheesecake photojournalist

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TAITMAIL The Garrick’s walk-on part in helping the art of survival

How the arts have survived the pandemic is an epic story. Theatre alone has lost over £1bn since March 2020, and the sector was already suffering with subsidy cut in half since 2010, business sponsorship melting away and opportunities for earned income abruptly cut off by Covid.

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GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE Pushing music to the front in post-Covid UK

In its centenary year the BBC’s music output is being reviewed after the pandemic. Patrick Holland, director of factual, arts and classical music for the BBC and former controller of BBC2 and BBC4, explains

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