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
Himalayas, March 1954, Ralph Izzard for the Daily Mail
lan Sparrow on the journalist, adventurer, James Bond inspiration and photographer, Ralph Izzard
It’s probably not entirely surprising that, amid all the rancour and rumour of Partygate and the continual speculation about the future of Boris, an important contribution to the debate about levelling up the North of England should be almost entirely ignored by the media.
AI’s revelation that Stoke-on-Trent City Council intends to make its two. ceramics curators - among 19 museum employees - redundant, reduce opening hours for its two pottery museums and close one of them to the public for five months of the year so that it can be used as a film and TV set met with a storm of protest, including a petition which has so far accumulated more than 20,000 signatures.
AI''s news story about Stoke Council making curators redundant in its two pottery museums which appeared last Friday went viral almost immediately, notching more than 12,000 hits in a couple of hours, 50,000 after three days.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council has chosen the winners of this year’s Research in Film Awards, five short hard-hitting movies on issues ranging from autism to the climate crisis. Mike Collins is AHRC’s head of public engagement.
Peterborough, October 5th, 1992, John Robertson for The Guardian
Alan Sparrow talks to John Robertson about his favourite news picture