TAITMAIL How Wonder Boy and Captain Chatter are breaking the funding mould

There’s a mystical charm about how Ross Willis’s play Wonder Boy is being got on national tour that is counterintuitively uplifting in this worst of times for the arts economy. A play, whose subject matter you would think would make it out of the question for any hard-pressed presenting house, is going to get a 12-week 11 theatre tour, with a message its supporters are saying should get it into the national curriculum.

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TAITMAIL The Albany, Lewisham’s cultural anchor

The craze for “Year of Culture” designation seemed to have got out of hand after Brexit when we lost qualification for the European City of Culture, so famously and successfully celebrated for the UK by Glasgow and then Liverpool.

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THE WORD Where are the missing 6m art lovers who aren’t buying?

Gallerist Ann Petherick on the crisis facing commercial art galleries

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TAITMAIL Who is Surrey, what is she?

How can your neighbourhood’s ambitions for a cultural presence be realised, with the conventional sources of help - local authorities facing bankruptcy and central government turning a blind eye - unavailable?

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the Month

Baby Feet by Roger Bamber, 18th February 1993, The Guardian.

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TAITMAIL Don’t stop your culture!

DSYF! is the text message issuing from the postings of Idris Elba and his supporters, short for “Don’t Stop Your Future!” Their message is, of course, against knife crime which has reached epidemic proportions, particularly in London, Elba’s home.

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Salvador Dali by George Elam, 5th May 1959, The Daily Mail

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 Shane MacGowan by John Voos, 14th October 1991, The Independent

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GOOD PRACTICE The art of divorce

Natasha Grande on the pitfalls for divorcing artists and how to avoid them

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TAITMAIL ‘A new subject for art - modern war’

The Imperial War Museum’s newest permanent exhibition could hardly be more timely with war splitting the Middle East and the world frantic for news of what is happening beyond the bombing and the barriers. On the front line, as ever, are the journalists, photographers and cameraman whose heroism largely goes unrecorded. In World War Two 69 journalists were killed, in the 20-year Vietnam War 63 died. Since October 7, 48 journalists have died in Gaza, three more are missing.

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Jim Hutchison , '”Have a heart, Ref”, Manchester United v Nottingham Forest, 18th  January 1986, Daily Mail, by Jim Hutchison

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TAITMAIL. Your place in history

When the Heritage Lottery Fund first emerged from the National Lottery bonanza 30 years ago its first chairman, Lord Jacob Rothschild, had lunch with a group of arts journalists who asked him what the new fund would do. “That’s what I was hoping you would be able to tell me” he joked.

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