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.
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.
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.
Janet Rady, curator of the Kyrgyz Republic Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale
Henri Cartier-Bresson, February 1953, by Marilyn Stafford
Alan Sparrow on Henri Cartier-Bresson and his protégée Marilyn Stafford
Paul Simpson, participation manager, Oxford Playhouse
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”.
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
Melissa Mclure, Santa Monica Beach, 1950s, by George Douglas
lan Sparrow on ‘Speedy George’, the cheesecake photojournalist
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.
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