TAITMAIL Arts centres: investing in the bottom line

There was a poignant throwaway line on Front Row’s edition devoted to Rethink last week when the panel was lamenting any meaningful suggestions from the government about how to avoid the black hole our cultural infrastructure is heading headlong for. “In the absence of large art” said the equality campaigner Amanda Parker “people found local”.

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Neville Chamberlain at Heston Aerodrome, 30th September 1938, by Fred Ramage, Keystone Picture Agency

Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

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Making a living

Founded in London in 2015, Mayku and its Formbox technology has been helping artists and craftspeople during lockdown realise their imagination and create at home, objects from plant pots to bath bombs with production growing at a rate of 100% a month through March and April. Here its co-founder and CEO Alex Smilansky explains how and what.

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MY STORY The Festival of Britain Church - still celebrating

Euchar Gravina and Giles Goddard, the Waterloo Festival

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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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