Arts feature

‘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

Life after death: Billie Holliday at the Hologram USA Theater

The rise and rise of the holographic tour

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Holographic tours are increasingly big business. Michael Hann on the rise of the posthumous encore

All the world’s a stage: Luwam Teklizgi (Rita) and Toby Jones (Peter) in BBC2’s forthcoming Don’t Forget the Driver

Toby Jones on the allure of the everyman – and the glamour of coach-driving

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Toby Jones tells Steve Morris about the allure of the ordinary and the odd glamour of playing a coach driver

‘Afternoon at the Beach in Valencia’, 1904, by Joaquin Sorolla

Enjoy a blast of Spanish sun from Joaquin Sorolla

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Laura Gascoigne enjoys a blast of Spanish sun, courtesy of Joaquin Sorolla, whose paintings are being shown in London for the first time since 1908

Left: cartoon of Hector Berlioz published in the Wiener Theaterzeitung in 1846. Right: the composer in 1863, aged 59

David Cairns explains how we learned to love Berlioz

2 March 2019 9:00 am

For a century the visionary composer was seen as a freak, but finally, 150 years after his death, his time has come

Polite postmodernism: Burbridge Close, Dagenham, by Peter Barber Architects is a recent housing development for the elderly that Roger Scruton approves of

Here's what I want from modern architecture, explains housing tsar Roger Scruton

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Architecture needs to stop aiming for the ‘iconic’ and focus on everyday beauty, says Roger Scruton, the new housing tsar

World-class: Symphony Orchestra of India in its tropical Barbican in Mumbai

Meet India's first – and only – professional western orchestra

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Ahead of its first ever UK tour, Richard Bratby meets the trio behind India’s first – and only – professional western orchestra

Scourge of puritans: Christian Dior with model Sylvie, c.1948

How an anarchist music student became one of the fashion greats: the life of Christian Dior

9 February 2019 9:00 am

How an anarchist music student became one of the fashion greats, with the help of a fortune-teller: Melanie McDonagh on the extraordinary life of Christian Dior

A document of a mass human experiment that is moving, revolting, violent and extraordinarily pornographic

Dau is the strangest and most unsettling piece of art to come out of Russia in years

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Owen Matthews on the strangest, most unsettling piece of art to come out of Russia in years