'Friendship schemes' are proving to be an increasingly lucrative source of income for the top arts venues
UK's richest give highest proportion of wealth in a decade but philanthropic trend may be at risk
I was shunned by the opera world when I began appearing in musicals There is still a powerful snobbery in the opera hierarchy and because I decided to do a musical or two, such as Carousel and The Sound of Music, all the doors suddenly closed to the opera houses, which surprised me. I believe their thinking is that once a singer departed from the prescribed operatic route, they become contaminated.
An exhibition of still-life photography in Bath reveals how a new artform successfully challenged the supremacy of painting, says Adrian Hamilton
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Arifa Akbar looks forward to Tate Modern's retrospective of the Italian artist Alighiero Boetti
Arifa Akbar looks forward to Tate Modern's retrospective of Italian artist Alighiero Boetti
While others turned to abstraction after 1945, British painters clung to their figurative instincts. It was a polite but powerful art, says Adrian Hamilton
While others turned to abstraction after 1945, British painters maintained their figurative instincts. It was a polite but powerful art
There may be a future Turner prize recipient in this indifferent show for up-and-coming artists – but it would be the devil's own job to pick them
A raft of famous faces from the Queen’s to Boris Johnson and Michael Sheen’s feature in this year's Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition.
Some of the country's most respected artists including David Hockney, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin yesterday lent their weight to a campaign urging the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, not to destroy the "long term" achievements of their industry by reducing arts funding.
City-dwellers love the idea of escaping to the countryside in August. They reckon without traffic, crime and plagues of insects, says Christopher Hirst
Iconic artist, evangelical smoker and avid technophile, the boy from the Broad Acres looks forward to a new season at Glyndebourne. Michael Church meets David Hockney
When Tom Daley hits the water in Sheffield's Ponds Forge pool as the star attraction in the Fina World Series diving final next weekend, he will no longer be the precocious boy wonder of British sport but a young man enveloped by all the trappings of superstardom.