Free to speak? Not if you work in the arts

A photo of statues of angels, one with a gag over its mouth
20 Feb 2020

As ArtsProfessional unveils the explosive findings from its recent Freedom of Expression survey, Liz Hill examines the soul of a sector that believes it is owed artistic freedom but doesn’t tolerate freedom of speech within its own ranks.

Head to head: can a toolkit solve the sector’s class problem?

14 Nov 2019

This year Jerwood Arts published a toolkit for cultural organisations, designed to encourage greater socio-economic diversity in the arts. Julie Lomax, Chief Executive of a-n The Artists Information Company, sees it as a starting point for helping solve the sector’s ‘class crisis’ – but arts consultant Chrissie Tiller isn’t so sure.

Culture for everyone in Scotland

Abstract image reflected in mirrors
28 Apr 2021

Andy Robertson argues for the cultural sector to become an equal stakeholder in developing a future for Scotland.

Initiatives to unlock an anti-racist arts sector

Sour Lemons' leadership team Sade Banks, left, Titiola Dawudu, centre, and Shoomi Chowdhury, on the right
23 Apr 2021

Two new programmes aim to move organisations beyond the statements of solidarity expressed last summer through distinct but complementary approaches.

Black Cultural Archives quits working group over race report

14 Apr 2021

The heritage organisation says it was asked to present to the report's commissioners but its contribution wasn't recorded.

Survival depends on safer spaces

13 Apr 2021

Amanda Huxtable reflects on how racial trauma has shaped leadership within the cultural sector, taking on the responsibility for change that institutions have long avoided.

Beyond Culture Recovery

31 Mar 2021

The distribution of Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund has attracted widespread criticism, not least from those campaigning for greater diversity. Kevin Osborne calls for urgent action.

Freelancers charter to underpin ‘new normal’ in London

16 Mar 2021

London Mayor commits to supporting self-employed creatives who are under pressure to accept poorer terms once government support is phased out.

Artworks by women just 4% of global auction sales

15 Mar 2021

A worldwide study of the secondary art market reveals that "while the average John Smith makes it into auction, the average Jane Smith does not".

Women hire more balanced casts than men, study finds

11 Mar 2021

New reports highlight gender gaps in theatre and music as UNESCO warns the pandemic will be watershed for equality - one way or the other.

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.

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’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.

Lockdowns push young, disabled and less educated out of creative workforce

17 Feb 2021

Researchers say we should be "especially worried" about a huge drop in creatives under 25 that could lead to greater inequalities in the arts and creative industries.

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.

Embracing the art of the possible

3 black poeple on a stage raising clench fists in front of a Black Lives Matter sign
10 Feb 2021

The theatre industry needed a champion in a time of crisis. National Theatre Scotland answered the call and it’s not turning back, writes Jackie Wylie.

New initiative targets independent venue accessibility

08 Feb 2021

A 12-month project to make venues safer and more inclusive raises bigger questions about how disabled artists will return to performing live post-pandemic.

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.

One story is not enough

A man holding a photo with a woman in the background
02 Feb 2021

Middle Eastern and North African arts professionals have been all but invisible in the UK. It's time to find our voice, take ownership of the narrative, and change how the industry sees us, writes Sepy Baghaei

10 ways you can help creative freelancers

27 Jan 2021

Freelancers share what organisations can do to help them throughout the current crisis and beyond. 

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