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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Leaping lady, 17th April 1954, by George Douglas

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MY STORY Miranda Lowe, exercising cultural power

Culture& was founded in 1987 as Cultural Co-operation to promote diversity in the arts and heritage workforce, cultural exchange and to expand audiences. A charity, it has appointed Miranda Lowe, a curator at the Natural History Museum, as its chair. Last year she appeared as a guest on the BBC Radio 4 programme The Museum of Curiosity when her hypothetical donation was a moon jellyfish.

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MY STORY Charlotte Randle and the voice of sanity

Charlotte Randle's is a familiar face on television and stage, with the thriller mini-series The Trials of Jimmy Rose, roles in RSC productions and appearances on the London stage, but Covid-19 and the lockdowns have closed theatres in what has been a mad and painful year for performers. It has prompted a career diversion for Charlotte and her new venture is as the voice on the audiobook, Glyn K Green’s Jung for Kittens 

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MY STORY The Playhouse: a space to make meaning together

Kevin Murphy, chief executive, The Playhouse, Derry~Londonderry

The Playhouse Derry, in the UK’s first UK City of Culture, is a 146-seat theatre and multi-discipline arts centre founded by Pauline Ross in 1992 in the former St Mary’s Convent and St Joseph’s School with a grant of just £300. As well as a theatre it is now an award-winning community arts centre devoted to reconciliation and the peace process. It’s new CEO is Kevin Murphy, formerly chief officer of Voluntary Arts Ireland.

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

St David’s Day, Wrexham, 1st March 1968, by Michael Brennan

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MY STORY Down on the art farm: Deborah Parkes, co-founder, Clayhill Arts

Set in a converted Somerset farm, Clayhill Arts is a training retreat for artists and creative professionals founded by Deborah and Michael Parkes and opening in 2017, and also a model of arts enterprise

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MY STORY Art Is Essential - the drawing on the wall

Paula Orrell, a curator, is the director of the Contemporary Visual Art Network (CVAN) and has just launched Art Is Essential, #ArtIsEssential, a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of visual art 

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