DEA BIRKETT The Year of the Real

Dea Birkett discovers the feel not so good factor in the art on public show as we move uneasily into 2017

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FUNDING Beyond the magic circle

A new report on the Creative People and Places programme suggests that the arts world could learn something from the areas with the least arts engagement, Patrick Kelly writes

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ARTS CENTRES The South's cultural headquarters

Southampton City Council and the University of Southampton are collaborating with Arts Council England to create an enhanced city centre cultural quarter, opening later this year. Simon Tait had a preview

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THE WORD Digital is no longer new

Lizzie Jackson says digital ‘know how’ must be second nature across the creative sector

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PATRICK KELLY'S BACK PAGE AI's choice of the up and coming...

Resolution, The Place’s annual New Year festival of short live dance and performance works by emerging artists, returns for its 28th year in 2017. 

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PASSING BY... Auction sales close to the wind...

Christie’s and Sotheby’s are no longer the bring-and-buy sales of the nobility, finds Antony Thorncroft, but neither are they common

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MY STORY Crossing boundaries with Kathak

British-born dancer Sonia Sabri founded her own dance company with her husband Sarvar in Birmingham
14 years ago. her work is India-inspired within a British context, and has earned an international reputation

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CULTURE CAPITAL Carry on regardless

Leeds is the bookies favourite for Europe Capital of Culture in 2023 – a prize that might not be awarded. But the city’s leaders aren’t worried. Patrick Kelly reports

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FESTIVALS Blackpool lightpool

Blackpool’s famous illuminations are not just about nostalgia – contemporary artists are on the prom-tiddly-om-pom-pom, too, as Patrick Kelly discovers

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GOOD PRACTICE Highfliers meet the Swans

Bromley-based Magpie Dance supports people with learning difficulties through dance, and this year embarked on its biggest ever tour with its training company. Operations co-ordinator Jessica Lucy Richards reports

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THE WORD Reliable structures need dependable foundations

Christopher Gordon  argues that the current crisis in local authority cultural funding, highlighted by the plight of the new art gallery Walsall, could have been avoided – two decades ago

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DEA BIRKETT Our ring of confidence

Dea Birkett invites us all to join
 her in the big top

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