MUSEUMS Waking to Woking

The award winning Lightbox is a rare success story among local museums, and later this year it celebrates its 10th anniversary. AI talks to its director, Marilyn Scott, about the funding crisis and how she is dealing with it – with a surprising solution

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THEATRE The home of twinkling stars

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama has a galaxy of names among its alumni, from Judi Dench and Kevin Whately to Cameron Mackintosh and Vanessa Redgrave, but now it has begun the biggest development in its history. Simon Tait reports

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TRAINING School of Maria '04

The career of the new director of Tate took a powerful new turn after becoming one of the first fellows on the Clore Leadership Programme, now interviewing for its 14th intake

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ARTS COUNCIL Baz and the funding revolution

As he steps down as chairman of Arts Council England, Sir Peter Bazalgette talks exclusively to Simon Tait about what he has learned, and what has changed in arts funding

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DEA BIRKETT Keep your brief… brief

Dea Birkett, director of Kids in Museums, prefers manifestos to be minifestos – like the Museums Association’s

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GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE Neighbourhood watch

Local authority support for culture is being seriously challenged, but Jane Wilson, culture and community manager for Cambridge City Council, believes arts development is still strong

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AI PROFILE Ferenaissance

 Kirsten Simister, curator, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

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THE AI PROFILE ‘Our art is our business’

Chris Stafford, chief executive, Curve, Leicester

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HERITAGE Nolan’s Paradise

The Rodd, a 250-acre farm near the Welsh-English border, was Shangri-La for Sir Sidney Nolan. Now, in the Australian artist’s centenary year, it is to be developed as an arts centre by the trust he set up

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PASSING BY.... Culture – Hull’s passport to glory?

Antony Thorncroft finds that being a city of culture can have limited benefits

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MY STORY Mello cello

Helen Wallace, consultant editor of BBC Music Magazine, author, teacher and broadcaster, has curated Kings Place’s 2017 season of Cello Unwrapped which has just opened

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FIRST WORD The moving voice writes

No Nobel Prize has been more controversial
 than Bob Dylan’s for literature, surprising almost everyone. John Foster shows why the choice was not only right, it came not a moment too soon

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