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Shane MacGowan stood for hope amid hurt and loss. In a tough year, his funeral moved millions
Shane MacGowan
Paul McNamee

Shane MacGowan stood for hope amid hurt and loss. In a tough year, his funeral moved millions

The Wizard of Booze: How a pantomime is helping people overcoming addiction this Christmas
Theatre

The Wizard of Booze: How a pantomime is helping people overcoming addiction this Christmas

'A man of integrity': Tributes pour in after writer and poet Benjamin Zephaniah dies aged 65
Benjamin Zephaniah
Literature

'A man of integrity': Tributes pour in after writer and poet Benjamin Zephaniah dies aged 65

Museum of Austerity: The mixed reality exhibition giving a voice to victims of benefit cuts
Art

Museum of Austerity: The mixed reality exhibition giving a voice to victims of benefit cuts

Sparky Deathcap on September, Los Campesinos! and becoming an overnight TikTok phenomenon
Music

Sparky Deathcap on September, Los Campesinos! and becoming an overnight TikTok phenomenon

'Rail against the pain': Shane MacGowan's most unforgettable quotes on life, death and music
Shane MacGowan
Music

'Rail against the pain': Shane MacGowan's most unforgettable quotes on life, death and music

Illustrator Oliver Jeffers shares advice for Big Issue's Christmas Kids Cover Competition: 'We're all artists'
Previous winners of the kids cover competition
Christmas Kids Cover Competition

Illustrator Oliver Jeffers shares advice for Big Issue's Christmas Kids Cover Competition: 'We're all artists'

CathARTic: The incredible and inspiring way vulnerable people are finding themselves through art
Art

CathARTic: The incredible and inspiring way vulnerable people are finding themselves through art

The Big Issue's Christmas art wrapping paper is back – these are the stories behind the designs
Christmas

The Big Issue's Christmas art wrapping paper is back – these are the stories behind the designs

Typist Artist Pirate King review – a warm-hearted, clear-eyed tribute to a neglected artist
Two women on a beach
Film

Typist Artist Pirate King review – a warm-hearted, clear-eyed tribute to a neglected artist

Paul Simon unveils surprise collaboration with artist Charlie Mackesy: 'It's nice to make a friend this way'
Music

Paul Simon unveils surprise collaboration with artist Charlie Mackesy: 'It's nice to make a friend this way'

'The art of resistance': Big Issue vendors show off art skills at eye-opening Bristol exhibition
Big Issue vendor Will Payne
Art

'The art of resistance': Big Issue vendors show off art skills at eye-opening Bristol exhibition

These striking photos show what London looks like through the lens of homeless photographers
London homeless photographers
Homelessness

These striking photos show what London looks like through the lens of homeless photographers

Revisiting old ground was a Klee-full experience
Paul Klee (1879-1940), whose art was highly influential in Cubism, Expressionism and Surrealism
John Bird

Revisiting old ground was a Klee-full experience

BE MORE GUS: Catch The Big Issue’s new cartoon series only in the magazine
Cartoon

BE MORE GUS: Catch The Big Issue’s new cartoon series only in the magazine

Chuck D: When my dad died, I was looking for answers
Chuck D in black and white
Interview

Chuck D: When my dad died, I was looking for answers

A visit to The Big Issue mural was like stepping into my former life
The Big Issue mural
John Bird

A visit to The Big Issue mural was like stepping into my former life

My Dog Sighs: 'The power of art is it makes people look at the world in a different way'
Large-scale mural of an eye by My Dogs Sighs in Jackson, Michigan (2020)
Interview

My Dog Sighs: 'The power of art is it makes people look at the world in a different way'

Arts funding in schools must be protected, or we all lose 
Campaigners against cuts to education funding march to Parliament
Victoria Jaquiss

Arts funding in schools must be protected, or we all lose 

Discarded things deserve a second chance... that goes for people too
My Dog Sighs
My Dog Sighs

Discarded things deserve a second chance... that goes for people too