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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Whistling Jack Smith, who had a hit single in 1967 with ‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’

Has the decline of the delivery boy killed the art of whistling?

Experts suggest social shifts, with a decline in working class jobs, as well as the rise of the iPod and mobile phones may be to blame

Scott Baio and Florrie Dugger in the 1976 movie Bugsy Malone

Florrie Dugger: The downside of growing up with Bugsy Malone

As a new production of Alan Parker's musical opens in London, the reluctant child star of the smash-hit film on why she walked away from show business shortly after the cameras stopped rolling

A segment of the 2012 Olympics’ Opening Ceremony, designed by Akram Khan

British schools producing performers who 'lack skills' forcing choreographers to recruit overseas

Three of the leading dance choreographers in the UK have launched a blistering attack on the quality of dance education in this country

Bestselling German author Daniel Kehlmann

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015: Foreign fiction contenders announced

Writers from Japan, Belgium, Germany and Latin America vie for Independent award

British Museum director Neil MacGregor speaks at the opening of the exhibition on Greek art last year

Neil MacGregor announces departure from British Museum

He is stepping down after 13 years

Rachel De-lahay, co-writer and star of ‘The Last Hours of Laura K’

The Last Hours of Laura K: The BBC's immersive murder mystery set in the world of social media

More than two years in the making, the show could provide a new direction for online drama

Artist Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is named the most popular artist in the world

Yayoi Kusama’s trademark polka-dotted sculptures and mirror installations proved a huge draw, with up to 9,000 flocking to her touring exhibition a day

Penelope Curtis will leave Tate Britain after five years in the top job in British art

Penelope Curtis quits the Tate Britain: Director departs as critics claim her reign 'didn't quite work'

Dr Curtis will take up a role at Lisbon's Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

The two faces revealed by the ultraviolet light

The Black Book of Carmarthen: Scholars left shaken after ultraviolet light reveals ghostly faces staring at them from medieval manuscripts

Unseen for 500 years, ultraviolet light has revealed two hidden portraits in a medieval Welsh manuscript

Edinburgh’s Old Royal High School has fallen into disrepair

Old Royal High School in Edinburgh: Developers plans for building have conservationists livid

Conservationists believe that plans to add two modernist-style wings while turning it into a luxury 'arts hotel' was akin to giving it 'Mickey Mouse' ears

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How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

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A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
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New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
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Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
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Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
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Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
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Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

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