THE WORD To survive, the arts must tackle inequality of opportunity

To combat the corrosive effects of racism, exclusion and Covid-19, the cultural sector needs to act now, says Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, CEO of the Foundation for Future London

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INTERVIEW Art is changing our workspace

Patrick McCrae, chief executive, ARTIQ

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MY STORY Online drama that is a cry against homelessness and mental health ignorance

The actor and writer Nell Hardy is to perform her own powerful and disturbing one-character play, NoMad, which is based on her own experiences of homelessness and psychiatric hospitalisation, in a live stream from Greenwich Theatre on November 27, supported by Tramshed’s Progression Programme of Artist Development.

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THE WORD Live music doesn’t have to die – just evolve

Reports of live music’s demise in the pandemic are premature, says Rik Haslam, executive creative partner at the marketing consultancy Brandpie, who on the contrary sees an exciting future for both live pop and classical performance

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

The Prison of Technology, 26th December 2019, by Rafael Schmall

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MY STORY What no-one is telling you – the truth about Covid’s impact

An exhausted Michelle Carwardine-Palmer, chief executive of Kneehigh Theatre, is leading the company through the pandemic crisis to the achievement of changes that were already needed before lockdown

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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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