Andrew Lambirth finds the National Gallery’s new exhibition on Canaletto and his contemporaries both illuminating and enjoyable
On the southern edge of Manchester, a few miles from the airport, there is a commuter town where the Victorian novel remains very much alive.
From the start, the combatively worded motion — ‘Time for the arts to stand on its own two feet and stop sponging off the tax-payer’ — came under attack in the Spectator arts debate at Church House last month.
Hollywood’s gloss on reality makes Olivia Glazebrook want to weep. Why can’t the Americans learn from the French?
Julian Perry (born 1960) paints images of genuine topicality in an immaculate high-definition realist style.
Britain’s architects can produce the best designs in the world, says Amanda Baillieu. So why aren’t any on display at the Venice Architecture Biennale?
Despite the economic gloom, ENO’s John Berry is optimistic about the future of opera
New York is in the grip of memorial mania, writes Tiffany Jenkins
Lloyd Evans joins the hopeful hordes seeking fame and fortune in Edinburgh
Ben West investigates the growth in unusual exhibition venues — from brothel to butcher’s shop
William Cook goes to Skegness and watches Cannon & Ball attract an adoring audience
Nina Conti appears convinced that her puppets are real. Freddy Gray investigates
Charles Moore on how to renew and maintain life in the deserted villages of rural Romania
The ‘seriously handsome’ Toby Stephens talks to Mary Wakefield about the magic of acting
It’s Proms time again. Peter Phillips is struck by the imbalance between singers and players
What are the ingredients of a good audio guide? Henrietta Bredin investigates
Marianne Gray talks to the down-to-earth Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn about her latest film
Andrew Lambirth talks to John Richardson, biographer and friend of the artist
Lloyd Evans talks to Michael Attenborough, whose star at the Almeida is the theatre itself
Mary Wakefield talks to Roger Allam and discovers that he thinks acting is only a game
As Clint Eastwood celebrates his 80th birthday, Peter Hoskin salutes his artistic legacy
New Labour inspired a golden age of political comedy. William Cook looks to satire’s future
Andrew Lambirth talks to Jeffery Camp about the primacy of drawing in an artist’s practice
Robert Gore-Langton on a stage adaptation of the Erskine Childers classic Riddle of the Sands
Conductor Marin Alsop talks to Henrietta Bredin about sharing a concert platform with Bernstein