The reluctant mutant

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08 Sep 2016

He’s been called Nigerian, Black British and oyinbo, but Inua Ellams just feels normal. He calls for the destruction of ‘othering’ classifications.

Turning back the clock?

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01 Sep 2016

Will Jeremy Corbyn’s promise to “restore” Grant in Aid to the arts councils help reinforce Labour’s reputation as a supporter of the arts? Liz Hill has her doubts.

Who’s afraid of Manchester?

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21 Jul 2016

The Northern Powerhouse plans may be turning Manchester into a cultural tour de force, but it will be a force that benefits the whole sector, argues Dave Moutrey.

Exposing ethical questions

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07 Jul 2016

Following revelations that BP influenced curatorial decisions at the British Museum, Chris Garrard examines how arts organisations should be navigating the tricky ethical territory of sponsorship.

Sustaining a democratic and caring society

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07 Jul 2016

The EBacc debate in Westminster prompts Patrycja Kaszynska to reflect on the role of the arts as a force for political and civic engagement.

A capable band of women

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07 Jul 2016

Astounded by the sexist remarks she received while touring a theatre production with an all-female crew, Sarah Brown tries to make sense of it.

The best road to a different future

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30 Jun 2016

Twenty-five years after writing an article about his concern for ‘the future of black arts’, David Bryan considers whether progress has been made and looks to the future.

Referendum as research

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27 Jun 2016

A yes/no referendum on museum free entry would be a terrible idea, so why did the Government think it was an acceptable way of deciding whether we stay in or leave the EU, asks Liz Hill

White noise

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24 Jun 2016

Achieving greater diversity in the arts isn’t rocket science, says Ammo Talwar, but it is time for big actions.

An unconference for all

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02 Jun 2016

Too many cultural conferences borrow their model from the corporate sector, but there is another way, says Adrian Lochhead.

Birmingham’s big problem

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24 May 2016

After being met by a sea of white faces at a recent industry event, Rebbecca Hemmings says it’s time for Birmingham’s arts sector to face up to its diversity crisis. 

My experience at Theatre 2016

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16 May 2016

Following shocking access at the Theatre 2016 conference, Andrew Miller asks: is this why so few disabled people work in theatre?

A home for theatre

10 Mar 2016

Mhora Samuel responds to Angus MacKechnie’s call for theatres to be shared with the communities that surround them.

The beginning of a beautiful friendship

01 Mar 2016

Robin Simpson responds to Liz Hill’s call for a new approach to audience development in the arts.

Unusual suspects

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25 Feb 2016

As Sport England celebrates the impact of its ‘This Girl Can’ advertising campaign, is it time for the arts to come up with a new approach to audience development? Liz Hill examines the evidence.

Does more data mean more progress?

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02 Dec 2015

ArtsProfessional’s recent revelations about Culture Counts and Quality Metrics prompt Richard Fletcher to question how we manage information in the arts. Is it time to speak up about what we want and need?

Groundhog day

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25 Nov 2015

Institutional favouritism lies at the heart of Arts Council England’s funding framework, and ACE does itself no favours by trying to defend the indefensible, says Liz Hill.

It’s not what you know…

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28 Oct 2015

David Stevenson deplores the way that a subjective decision to grant public money to a commercial company is being dressed up as the evidence-based decision of an objective funding system.

Setting the record straight

09 Oct 2015

Allegations that  Liverpool's Everyman & Playhouse Theatre are failing to embrace the local community couldn't be further from the mark, says Rebecca Ross-Williams.

Letter: The wheels turn slowly

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18 Aug 2015

Adrian Moule welcomes a report that encourages the UK's arts councils to offer loans.

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