David Lister

A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition attracted 562,000 visitors to the Tate Modern from April to September

Let’s face it, our free museums subsidise tourists

The fall in the number of domestic visitors is staggering

Julianne Moore won a Bafta for her leading role in 'Still Alice' (AP)

Eddie, Benedict, Julianne: How you can improve the Oscars

Can whoever wins please make an interesting speech?

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones play Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde in The Theory of Everything

Movies don’t have to reflect our lives, Mr Bryant

Labour’s culture spokesman is right to want diversity but wrong to blame the films

Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka in a West End musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Since when is the audience allowed to change the script?

Too hasty a rewrite for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Tate’s secrecy about its BP sponsorship figures was shameful

Why did it take so long for the sums to be revealed?

James Blunt is married to Sofia Wellesley, the grand daughter of the eighth Duke of Wellington

Judge James Blunt, Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch on their talent, not their class

It’s wrong to attack artists because of their accents and upbringing

The Royal Shakespeare company's Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer, RSC Swan, Stratford upon Avon - review: Immaculately acted

An absorbing and strangely gripping evening

Letter from the Arts Editor: The Great Divide

Why, in such a relatively small country, does a pernicious north-south divide persist?

Alex Turner leads the Arctic Monkeys

The Arctic Monkeys could do more if they really want to stop fans being exploited

Pop’s big names need to refuse to play in venues charging booking fees

PJ Harvey could revolutionise the way we watch great artists

Audiences too rarely get the chance to see the creative process in action

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn