What is the value of the arts?

13 Feb 2014

If the arts are to be relevant to people’s lives, the creative experience and access to subsidy must be available to more than the privileged, and perceived barriers between professional and nonprofessional artists must be broken down, says Vikki Heywood in a prologue to her speech at the No Boundaries conference.

In need of a new image

03 Feb 2014

Rich Hadley believes that cultural organisations must lose their "remote, elitist, rarified, out of touch and unyielding" image.

New ACE strategy: Keep calm and carry on…

08 Nov 2013

Arts Council England's update of its 10-year 'strategic framework' makes for sober and serious reading. But while there are no dramatic changes in its ambitions and priorities, Mark Robinson finds a worrying lack of solutions for cash-strapped artists and no recognition of the regional imbalance in arts funding.

Tipping the balance

31 Oct 2013

If ‘access for everyone’ is the policy goal, then regional funding is the elephant in the room, says Liz Hill.

Us and them

Pie chart comparing time spent engaging with the arts of those who work in the sector and those who don't
09 Jul 2013

The arts sector is missing the mark in making its case to the wider public, says Liz Hill. In her session at the Shift Happens conference, AP threw down the gauntlet and challenged the sector to do better.


18 Jun 2013

Marcus Romer offers a suggestion to anyone who wants to find out how they will be working three years from now.

Slick image

Lady in oil at Tate
24 May 2013

Kevin Smith asks whether we’re comfortable with companies like BP being associated with some of the most prestigious arts institutions in the country.

Cultivating the conversation

02 May 2013

Ivan Wadeson sees patience and planning as necessary prerequisites to campaigning for public support.

Awkward questions

02 May 2013

Eleonora Belfiore shares her thoughts on the public value of culture.

A Bobby Ewing moment

01 May 2013

Dan Eastmond explains why he walked out of the What Next? conference.

Lost in translation

01 May 2013

Nick Williams says the language of the arts sector is turning audiences off.


01 May 2013

Juliet Brain sees What Next as a chance to put aside creative egos and work for the common good.

What culture should we value?

01 May 2013

Leila Jancovich says let’s not pretend ‘we’re all in it together’

A tall order

01 May 2013

Laura Drane says What Next? can’t be a single issue campaign, as we'll never agree on what that issue is.

A safe place

01 May 2013

Keith Motson likens What Next? to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting for arts professionals.

Absent friends

01 May 2013

Bethany Rex asks how do we start a dialogue with those firmly not in the room?

The Thatcher Hangover

17 Apr 2013

Chrissie Tiller on Thatcher's legacy for business models in the arts.

The dangers of diversity

16 Apr 2013

Liz Hill worries that the dash for cash to plug the arts funding gap will undermine the work of artists and organisations that specialise in social impact work.

The tide is turning

11 Apr 2013

Liz Hill welcomes news of renewed efforts to measure the impact of the arts in more valid ways.

What Next - correction

15 Mar 2013

David Lan clarifies 'What Next?' 


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