Arts feature

The many faces of William ‘Slasher’ Blake

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Artist, engraver, poet, visionary, voice in the wilderness: a new show at Tate Britain shines a light on the many sides of William Blake, says Laura Freeman

On photography, shrines and Maradona: Geoff Dyer’s Neapolitan pilgrimage

7 September 2019 9:00 am

On photography, shrines and Maradona: Geoff Dyer goes in search of transcendence in Naples

Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall as Mrs Lowry and her son

Why did Mrs Lowry hate her son's paintings?

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Why did Elizabeth Lowry hate her son’s paintings? Laura Gascoigne talks to Timothy Spall and Adrian Noble about their new film, Mrs Lowry and Son

Why a whole new generation of young Europeans are turning to old-school reggae

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Colin Grant talks to the godfathers of reggae, who are trying to return the music to its spiritually uplifting roots

Frank Skinner

‘I’ll miss Brexit when it’s solved’: Frank Skinner interviewed

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans talks to Frank Skinner about fame, working in a factory, and his dreams of doing a double act with Alan Bennett

A fabulous beauty with an amazing knack for physical clowning: Alice Marshall as woke guru Titania McGrath

Woke gurus, capitalist communists and a future film star: Edinburgh Fringe roundup

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans finds some stars of the future at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

‘Self-Portrait, Black Background’ (1915): an entire room in the RA exhibition is devoted to Schjerfbeck’s examination of herself

Why haven’t we heard of the extraordinary Finnish artist Helene Schjerfbeck?

3 August 2019 9:00 am

The Nordic painter Helene Schjerfbeck makes an extraordinary debut at the RA. Why haven’t we heard of her before, wonders Martin Gayford

Lines of beauty: Nancy Ekholm Burkert’s illustration for James and the Giant Peach

Before Quentin Blake, there was Nancy Ekholm Burkert – Dahl's forgotten illustrator

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Before Quentin Blake, there was Nancy Ekholm Burkert. Laura Freeman talks to the woman behind the magical illustrations for the first edition of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach

‘I just kept getting turned down and turned down’: Catherine Foster

From the NHS to Bayreuth: Norman Lebrecht talks to midwife-turned-opera singer Catherine Foster

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Bayreuth is mad for midwife-turned-opera singer Catherine Foster, so why can’t she get a foot in the door at Covent Garden, asks Norman Lebrecht

He’s everywhere and nowhere: Jim Broadbent

'It could be a disaster': Jim Broadbent talks to Stuart Jeffries about his latest role

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries talks to Jim Broadbent about performing unrehearsed and late-life reinvention

The women who invented collage – long before Picasso and co.

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Claudia Massie on the women who invented collage – long before Picasso and co.

Untitled #122, from the Fashion series, by Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman – selfie queen

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Martin Gayford celebrates the gripping, virtuosic self-portraits of artist-chameleon Cindy Sherman

‘The Yucca Motel’, 1995, by Fred Sigman

Geoff Dyer on the poetry of motels

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Geoff Dyer on the poetry of motels

Why has British art had such a fascination with fire?

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Laura Gascoigne on art’s enduring fascination with fire

The miracle of Longborough – the company that broke the mould for summer opera

8 June 2019 8:00 am

Richard Bratby on the company that broke the mould for summer opera

Sergio Leone’s 1968 Once Upon a Time in the West

Quentin Tarantino on how spaghetti westerns shaped modern cinema

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Quentin Tarantino on his – and modern film’s – debt to spaghetti westerns

Metamorphosis in progress: a mosaic of the giant Orion being turned into a constellation

The new treasures of Pompeii

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Newly excavated sites have revealed some extraordinary works of art and shed new light on the secrets of Roman households. Daisy Dunn reports

Postcard from the edge: The Rings of Saturn (Shingle Street — unused photograph), 1994

From haunted to haunter: the afterlife of W.G. Sebald

18 May 2019 9:00 am

East Anglia, the rump of the British Isles, has inspired a disproportionate number of writers: Robert Macfarlane, Daisy Johnson, Mark…

Bring me my arrow of desire: the original Italian film poster for Pasolini’s 1974 Il Fiore delle Mille e Una Notte

How film fell for caliphs and slave girls

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Justin Marozzi on film’s love affair with the Arabian Nights

Lance encounters: a plate from The Book of Tournaments, Maximilian’s remarkable encyclopedia of jousting

The joy of jousting

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Chivalric spectacle, martial display, marriage market, medieval G8. Laura Freeman on why the Late Middle Ages were mad for jousting

The eyes have it: ‘The Zebra’, 1763, by George Stubbs

What makes British art British?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

British art is a triumph of natural observation, says Jonathan Jones, and empiricism is at the heart of it

Northern soul: Whitby Abbey was built on the site where the date of Easter was decided

Whitby Abbey is at the heart of Britain's spiritual and literary history

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Saints, vampires and home of the first English poet: the town’s abbey is at the heart of Britain’s spiritual and literary history, says the Revd Steve Morris

Dancer, choreographer, iconoclast: Merce Cunningham in 1962

Merce Cunningham's work was magical, intangible, Einsteinian – revival is futile

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Merce Cunningham’s work was magical, intangible, Einsteinian, says Ismene Brown. Revival is futile

Why were the Victorians so obsessed with the moon?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Daniel Swift delves into the Victorian obsession with this slippery celestial body

Mary, Mary, quite contrary: Mary Quant and fellow-revolutionary Vidal Sassoon in 1964

My ringside seat on the Mary Quant revolution

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Veteran fashion editor Brigid Keenan remembers Mary Quant’s key role in the youthquake that shook 1960s England