Chicago artist Theaster Gates: 'My studio's been shot at four times by kids. Hats off to them'

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When artist Theaster Gates transformed a house on Chicago’s derelict South Side into an artwork open to the community, it was just the beginning. Meet the ‘poster boy for socially engaged art’The 2008 sub-prime mortgage crash looked a lot like the apocalyptic end of something in many American cities, but to Theaster Gates it was a new beginning. Gates, these days director of arts and public life at the University of Chicago, whom ArtReview likes to call “the poster boy ... more

Meet the stars of the Observer Magazine's Bafta TV special

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To celebrate the House of Fraser Bafta TV awards, here’s a special portfolio of the biggest stars of the small screen, starring everyone from Kit Harington and James Nesbitt to Frances de la Tour and Archie Panjabi Continue reading...

Ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor hits out at child sex abuse investigation

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Former MP whose home was raided by police investigating historical allegations of abuse says resources should redirect to tackling current crimeA former Conservative MP whose home was raided earlier this year by officers investigating historical allegations of child sex abuse has launched a scathing attack on police, challenging them to “put up or shut up”.Harvey Proctor said he felt “disbelief and disgust” at what he described as “the growing paranoia among various police ‘organisations”’ in relation to such investigations. Continue ... more

Take That review – charm offensive

published about 13 hours ago
SSE Hydro, GlasgowBritain’s favourite manband may be smaller in number these days but they certainly know how to beef things up on stageTechnically, Take That ought to please the eye more now that there are just three of them on stage, not four. In photography, there is a rule of thumb that states that odd numbers make for a better composition. On Masterchef the amateurs are taught that three (or five) things on a plate look nicer than four (or ... more

Du Blonde: ‘It was the scariest thing. I don’t know how I made it through’

published about 14 hours ago
The singer formerly known as Beth Jeans Houghton on recovering from a breakdown and her new office jobYou might not guess it from the photograph but Beth Jeans Houghton, the Newcastle musician who is the polar opposite of demure, recently started working in an office. She is managing herself at the moment and, with a new album to release and a UK tour to organise, her label thought she might need a bit of extra support so it offered her ... more