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Painting With Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age

Tate Britain, 11th May to 25th September

In Edinburgh in May 1843, Church of Scotland ministers upset at government interference broke away to found the Free Church of Scotland. Hoping to capture this dramatic moment, the painter David Octavius Hill met Robert Adamson, an experimental photographer. Together they used William Henry Fox Talbot’s calotype process to create masterful photographic portraits of all the ministers. A more significant outcome of their collaboration, however, was the discovery of photography’s creative potential: Hill created his famous painting of the “Disruption” using the photos.

This is the first major exhibition to trace the mutual influence of photography and painting in Victorian England, from JMW Turner to James Whistler, by displaying matching photographs and pictures. Also explored are the intertwined relationships of artists and photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron, GF Watts, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Everett Millais. A strong emphasis on the Scottish contribution is reinforced by the Tate’s tremendous coup in bringing Hill’s vast “Disruption” painting down from Scotland.

Mona Hatoum

Tate Modern, 4th May to 31st August Just down the river, Tate hosts the first career survey in this country of the acclaimed artist Mona Hatoum. Born in Beirut in 1952 to a Palestinian family, Hatoum came to England in 1975. From her early performances and videos to her better-known large-scale installations and sculptures, Hatoum’s work reflects her preoccupation with the vulnerability and resilience of the human body.

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In Prospect’s May issue: Simon Taylor and Bronwen Maddox on why Hinkley Point C is an expensive gamble that might not pay off. Philip Collins examines Iain Duncan Smith’s tenure as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Lionel Shriver reveals why she stopped fighting being female. Alan Rusbridger responds to last month’s piece on the Guardian by Stephen Glover. Also in this issue: Nicholas Soames says there’s no such thing as "Project Fear” and Howard Davies reviews Melvyn King’s new book and suggests that we are vulnerable to another financial crisis. Plus Ruth Dudley Edwards examines the fading myths of the Easter Rising and Owen Hatherley suggests it’s time to look for a Plan B to solve London’s housing issues.