Nick Clark

Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.

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The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is to offer a BA degree in Performance and Creative Enterprise

BA in beatboxing? Top conservatoire offers ‘groundbreaking’ performing arts degree

Beatboxing will be part of a new degree

Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel are bringing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to the London Coliseum

Emma Thompson admits being frightened ahead of Sweeney Todd West End appearance

Actress returns alongside Bryn Terfel in her first West End play in 25 years

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

Henri Matisse cut-outs at the Tate bring record visitor numbers

Blockbuster exhibition sees more than half a million visitors for first time

Shamsia Hassani painting one of her works – at the French Cultural Centre in Kabul

Afghan graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani shortlisted for Artraker Award - but she still has to dodge landmines to create her work

Hassani has been shortlisted for the prize, which is announced in London this week

Performance poet Kate Tempest started rapping on the bus

Mercury Music Prize 2014: Street poet Kate Tempest tipped for the top after double accolade

28-year-old nominated for major music and poetry prizes

Mercury Music Prize 2014: Damon Albarn and Royal Blood favourites to win prize

Big names including Lily Allen, Morrissey and Ed Sheeran have missed out

British author Howard Jacobson has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Man Booker Prize shortlist: Howard Jacobson's novel J is favourite to win

Fears of Americans authors “flooding” the Man Booker Prize in the first year they were eligible proved unfounded as British novelists, led by Independent columnist Howard Jacobson, dominated the shortlist.

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde in a still from 'The Theory of Everything'

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones sparks early Oscars talk for The Theory of Everything

The British actors Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones could be destined for awards glory after their performances in the new Stephen Hawking biopic received rave reviews.

Negatives of Vivian Maier’s extraordinary shots were bought by enthusiast John Maloof for only $380 before her death

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Stunning pictures taken by Vivian Maier removed from public view as ownership is decided by courts

Major new Rubens exhibition will feature newly discovered work

A major new exhibition focused on old master painter Peter Paul Rubens in London is to include the recent “big discovery” of a genuine work, which had been written off as a fake for six decades.

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