An unequal art world

Photo of protest outside National Gallery
20 Apr 2017

The gender divide amongst artists exhibited and sold is not inevitable, and new research into Artfinder’s online community proves it, says Jonas Almgren.

Refugees to the fore

Photo of Haymanot Tesfa performing music
19 Apr 2017

As an arts festival with an explicit social change mission, Refugee Week faces some unique challenges. Emily Churchill Zaraa discusses how it tackles them head on. 

In times of conflict

Photo of woman in red shador with banner 'Nasty Woman'
06 Apr 2017

Art can ask difficult questions and help people engage with complex topics. With conflict and political divisions spreading across the globe, it’s vital arts producers find new ways to bring people together, says Daniel Gorman.

Navigating a different world

Chair by the seashore
05 Apr 2017

Autism and dyslexia have long been associated with creativity, but is the arts sector doing enough to support neurodivergent artists? Susan Jones highlights some concerns and opportunities. 

Making the case for hip hop

Two dancers on stage
04 Apr 2017

Hip hop theatre choreographers are too often seen as outreach workers rather than artists, but a new initiative is trying to change that. Lee Griffiths explains how.

Inspired by creativity

Photo of three dancers rehearsing
30 Mar 2017

After co-founding a successful dance company, Francesca Moseley reflects on her career as a producer, the support she has received and what it’s like to work freelance.

Protecting creative efforts

Photo of man on laptop in cafe
22 Mar 2017

How can we make sure that authors are paid fairly in times of technological change? Luke Alcott discusses the steps that are being taken to protect their rights.

Fairer access to the arts

Painting of coloured oval shapes
09 Mar 2017

What factors prevent disabled or marginalised adults from participating in the arts? Susan Potter shares Creative Future’s research findings and the impact they have had. 

Art without outsiders

Photo of people standing behind a table full of objects
09 Mar 2017

What are the dynamics when a group of artists with and without learning disabilities work together? Emma Bosworth discusses the positive outcomes of the OutsiderXchanges project. 

Spreading like bushfire

Phtoto of woman beating a drum
27 Feb 2017

Damning research has woken Australia up to the situation for indigenous artists in the country. It’s time for their voices to be heard, says Jacob Boehme

A career path for creative facilitators

Photo of three women drawing on a white wall
23 Feb 2017

The work that artists do in education, health and social care settings has long been undervalued, but Nick Ponsillo is hopeful that changes are on their way.

Power shift

Dawn Walton and Shamser Sinha in rehearsals
21 Feb 2017

A new diversity programme will shift power and resources to where they can be most effective. Dawn Walton explains the thinking behind Eclipse Theatre’s new artist development initiative.

Dance sector adopts data-driven approach to dancers’ health

Photo of dancers' feet
17 Feb 2017

The Royal Ballet has committed to sharing its expertise in caring for dancers by partnering with the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science.

A winning formula

Photo of orchestra on stage
09 Feb 2017

The Orchestra of the Swan has found a formula for boldly commissioning new works that pleases both composers and audiences. David Curtis explains his approach.

The railway artists

Photo of old house with overgrown garden
19 Jan 2017

Revitalising derelict railway buildings could provide a solution to the shortage of studio and creative workspace in the East of England, explains Natalie Pace.

Opportunities for open-ended learning

Photo of blue water tanks and white machine
15 Dec 2016

Known for its alternative learning programmes, this year Wysing Arts explored the term ‘polytechnic’ by re-visiting the experimental art practices of the 1970s. Donna Lynas reports on the results.

Dancing in Derby

Photo of two aerial dancers, teacher and students
17 Nov 2016

Working in a professional dance house helps dance students in Derby prepare for life after university, writes Clare Limb.

More than cosmetic changes

Photo of entrance to theatre
17 Nov 2016

The multi-million pound reboot of the Lighthouse in Poole is only the beginning of its journey towards an inclusive participatory future, says Stephen Wrentmore.

Connecting with industry

Photo of woman playing violin in concrete room
17 Nov 2016

A consortium of Scotland’s universities and art schools place researchers within arts and cultural organisations. Anna Scott discusses the benefits to all involved.

How to… unblock your career path

Roadblock
15 Nov 2016

How you ever asked yourself, “why am I frustrated and stuck in my career”? Performance coach Sally Arnold has some top tips to get things back on track.

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