Festival springs back in autumn

Belfast’s International Festival, now in its 58th year, is still the arts event that ‘never closes’ . Patrick Kelly looks at the latest programme

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A new career for painter Philip Sutton - aged 92

The colourist painter Philip Sutton was 92 on October 20, and is using his experiences of eight months in lockdown to embark on the next phase of his career – as a gallerist.

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GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE Help at hand to make change happen

Professionals in the cultural and creative industries are having to rethink their working lives and acquire new skills, approaches and strengths to cope with the pandemic and its affects. To help them, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama is launching a series of free online workshops for practitioners, entitled Change Makers. Sian Brittain, the school’s head of Innovation, introduces it

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THE WORD Moving Music

For more than 200 years the Royal Philharmonic Society has been creating opportunities for musicians - notably Beethoven from whom the society commissioned his 9th Symphony - and the annual RPS Awards have been a gauge of the excellence of our musicians. The shortlist for 2020 has just been announced, and here the RPS’s chief executive James Murphy discusses why they are more important now than ever

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South London and the heart of art

The South London Gallery in Peckham is one of the five winners of this year’s Art Fund Museum of the Year Prize, sharing £200,000 with the Science Museum, Gairloch Museum, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum and Towner Eastbourne. Winning for the SLG is a personal triumph for the woman who has led it since 2001, Margot Heller

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THE WORD We’ve never invested in people, and now it’s going to get worse

Arts workers have never had a good deal, and the prospects are even bleaker. Keith Jeffrey has started BreakThrough Coaching & Consulting to help leaders in the arts and their organisations navigate change for their workers post-Covid

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Evacuee children in Sussex on 17th March 1941, Daily Mail, by Frank Rust

Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

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Bradford, where culture shines out of an industrial past

MY STORY   Shanaz Gulzar, artist and chair of Bradford’s City of Culture 2025 bid

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TAITMAIL Time to target local arts funding

It’s always gratifying to get a proper think tank endorsing a one-man sort of inkwell tank (ink tank?) and this new report takes on a Taitmail bee - decentralising arts funding and dealing with local shortfalls – with an inarguable opening statement.

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Martin Luther King Jr, London, 1 September 1964 

Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

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THE WORD Inside Belarus, where the KGB nurture their pot plants and the state theatre joins the demonstrators

EXCLUSIVE  There are many stories about life inside Belarus, many apocryphal, but the writer and actor Nichola McAuliffe has her own experiences of the Janka Kupal theatre and fears for her heroic friends there

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TAITMAIL Can you trust the board?

The issue of “governance” on running arts originations has always been a thorny one, mostly misunderstood and until fairly recently was never even given a name. Governance, to put it simply, is what boards do.

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