Sara Shamma: Slavery and motherhood

The Syrian painter Sara Shamma has chosen modern slavery as her residency subject at King's College, and through the pain and fear of her interviews she saw the importance of motherhood in their stories. She spoke to Simon Tait 

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Designing the new Africa Centre: what does ‘Welcome’ feel like?

The Africa Centre has commissioned the young architectural practice Freehaus to help design its future, and tomorrow evening (Sept 18), as part of the London Design Festival, the centre’s director Kenneth Tharp and Freehaus’s Jonathan Hagos will have an open discussion about their collaboration, and the challenge. Simon Tait spoke to them first

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Fighting to save the ‘rarest spirits’ of the De Morgans

AI PROFILE: Sarah Hardy, curator and manager, The De Morgan Foundation

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Elizabeth Taylor, London, November 1948, by Chris Ware

Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

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TALK OF THE TOWN HALL Preston’s pressing problem

By Patrick Kelly

There’s lots of talk these days about “anchor institutions” - a loaded term, perhaps, and one that might sound like a bit of a drag. But it seems that local economies can’t do without them.

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THE WORD Festivaland, where small is greener

Hannah Jacobs, director of the Tandem Festival in Oxfordshire, on how small festivals are ethical pioneers

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TAITMAIL So what is a museum?

Museums have apparently reached a new high in popularity. Against expectations, museums and art galleries in England saw a rise of 2% in 2018 - with, crucially, revenue also up 2% on the previous year – according to Visit England this week. It may seem modest, but it comes after three years of decline. 

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TAITMAIL Clutching the straws in the wind

By Patrick Kelly

As newly elected local councils get down to work, arts organisations find themselves having to negotiate a new set of relationships with freshly mandated politicians, many of whom will display utter ignorance of the value of arts to their communities.

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TAITMAIL Together apart – our black theatre women

There are those in the malevolent social atmosphere we have built around us who would be suspicious of something called Black Womxn in Theatre. 

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

More by luck than judgement: Diana, Princess of Wales, Cornwall, May 12th, 1993, by Richard Lappas

Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

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Sharing the garden of art

AI Profile: Laura Sillars, director, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

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The black queens of our theatre

This image is a moment of history, a salute to the achievements of black women in British theatre. “It’s our celebration, putting a ribbon around it” says Stella Kanu.

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