Historic England is the caretaker of a £95m fund to help struggling high streets. Its chief executive, Duncan Wilson, explains how his organisation will involve arts and culture to help these areas get their mojo back.
Zandra Rhodes is celebrating 50 years in the fashion business with an exhibition at her own museum. Simon Tait reports
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
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
AI PROFILE: Sarah Hardy, curator and manager, The De Morgan Foundation
Elizabeth Taylor, London, November 1948, by Chris Ware
Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image
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.
Hannah Jacobs, director of the Tandem Festival in Oxfordshire, on how small festivals are ethical pioneers
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.
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.
There are those in the malevolent social atmosphere we have built around us who would be suspicious of something called Black Womxn in Theatre.