Taking the temperature of arts in health

Group of women drawing stickmen around a table
08 Mar 2021

Erica Ramsay, Geraldine Montgomerie and Holly Dannhauser explore the challenges faced by a local arts in health network – and how they mirror the hurdles for this work nationally.

Fighting online fatigue

Man sitting at a laptop
03 Mar 2021

Funders and audiences are losing their appetite for virtual events, writes Michelle Wright. What comes next for arts fundraising? 

Gypsy stories need space to travel

Five young Traveller girls outside the front door of the dukes lancaster
03 Mar 2021

Europe’s largest ethnic minority is perhaps the most marginalised in the arts. Carl Woodward says addressing this means changing our ideas of access and inclusion in post-pandemic theatre.

Challenging ideas about children’s dance

03 Mar 2021

Performers and providers often treat young children as a passive audience. Dr Angela Pickard says they can actively create and engage – and give feedback too.

From helpful to hopeful

Woman stsanding in front of neon red lights in the shap of muscial instruments
02 Mar 2021

Paolo Pezzangora shares what we can learn about the nation’s mood from their music tastes during lockdown.

Let’s move beyond the spin

Hull City Hall illuminated with the word 'Hull'
24 Feb 2021

Hull’s leaders want to build a ‘collective legacy’ for its City of Culture year. Victoria Bissett and Michael Howcroft say their success depends on rebuilding trust amid a culture of anger, secrecy and fear.

What matters is what comes next

Man teaching woman on audio mixer
24 Feb 2021

With new demands being made for skills and training, Jane Ide asks: is this going to help young people into work? 

One candle can light the next

24 Feb 2021

When her work was erased, Tori Allen-Martin took action to make sure it didn’t happen to anyone else. It’s turned into so much more, she writes.

What ‘watch at home’ gave us

A pirate on stage performing Treasure Island in front of a ship prop and his crew
24 Feb 2021

Can a regional theatre make money from online productions? Kelly Johnson says you have to weigh your options and ask for help.

The difference between recovery and survival

Isabel Lewis, the occasion of an afternoon at Palmhuset, for Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, 2015. Image by Attila Urban
17 Feb 2021

Moira Jeffrey writes that the fight to survive is a reality we cannot ignore. Focussing on that alone will lead to “erosion and obsolescence”.

A moral failure in cultural policy

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17 Feb 2021

Underpaid artists have become caretakers for communities that commissioners want to say they’re supporting. Eleonora Belfiore asks: whose responsibility is it to push for the change we so desperately need?

Culture’s value is a matter of politics

Cecil Rhodes statue oxford university
17 Feb 2021

What do we learn when we apply DCMS’ new framework for valuing culture to a controversial statue? Robert Hewison gives it a go.

Why ‘selling’ strategically is not ‘selling out’

Ben Uri Gallery and Museum exterior front
17 Feb 2021

Purposeful and ethical deaccessioning has funded a digital transformation that is giving a small, London museum a sustainable long-term future, global reach and wider community engagement. David Glasser tells the story.

What’s global is also individual

Posters on a wall saying that minority ethnic people are the worst impacted by Covid
17 Feb 2021

Nigel Prince reflects on the power and responsibility arts organisations have to champion social change in a time of upheaval worldwide.

Reworking what you already have is the opposite of innovation

Hand on plasma ball lamp
10 Feb 2021

Covid-19 has proved that what worked back then won’t work now. Patrick Towell says true innovation requires attention, collaboration, and a sense for ideas that can be scaled up for success.

Including the excluded

Screenshot of a virtual choir
10 Feb 2021

Sonali Joshi says parity in support for the self-employed is the vital ingredient for a positive future.

Going digital isn’t about technology

Two women sitting at screens facing each other in a Zoom call
10 Feb 2021

The greater success of some arts organisations boils down to a few key ingredients. Money isn’t one of them, writes Ash Mann.

What to do when you’re sick of Zoom

A digital rendition of a theatre in a surrealist style
10 Feb 2021

Heidi Wiley and Hélène Gauthier share how they created a virtual venue - and why they think this provides a model for the future.

Recovery isn’t a black and white picture

Performer playing violin to an empty theatre
04 Feb 2021

Ben Walmsley, Abigail Gilmore and Dave O’Brien share findings from a research programme that shows there are silver linings among the storm clouds.

Streaming licences are here to stay

DJ live streaming a performance wearing a surgical facemask
04 Feb 2021

PRS for Music’s controversial new streaming licences were inevitable, writes Phil Tucker. Those who embrace the change will also find them inconsequential.

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