Escaping the catch-22

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21 Feb 2019

Little has changed in the ten years since John Holden first shone a spotlight on the damaging disconnect between the arts sector and the public at large. Could the mass realisation of personal creativity provide a way forward?

Toddlers welcome

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21 Feb 2019

Support for new parents in the arts sector is often lacking. Rachel Harper explains how a new show has introduced a range of measures to create a less stressful, more inclusive working environment.

Book Review: A Restless Art

21 Feb 2019

Lucy Neal welcomes François Matarasso's nuanced and passionate exploration of the growing field of participatory art.

Mayor launches trust to support affordable artist workspaces

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08 Feb 2019

The Creative Land Trust, backed by seed funding of £4m from City Hall and £2m from Arts Council England, will seek additional finance from property developers and ask London councils to safeguard affordable workspaces.

Report challenges Minister’s claim of ‘stable’ arts GCSE takeup

08 Feb 2019

An analysis of the Department for Education’s own figures finds that since 2014, the proportion of students taking music GCSE has fallen by 17%, and the proportion taking at least one arts GCSE has fallen by almost 18%.

Exploitation rife as unpaid work subsidises the arts

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08 Feb 2019

Working practices that “wouldn't be tolerated in any other industry” have become the norm across the sector, with employees and freelances expected to work for nothing to enable their artist output to be delivered. 

Exclusive: Music A level denied to ever more students

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01 Feb 2019

A student’s academic ability and the wealth of their parents are key indicators of the likelihood that they will get the chance to study arts subjects at A level in school, new figures reveal.

Music education ‘needs to be democratised’, says report

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01 Feb 2019

Formal education is missing an opportunity to support young people's development by failing to recognise the forms of music those receiving free school meals often engage with.

The myth of meritocracy

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24 Jan 2019

The cultural sector has become a self-endorsing closed shop and it’s high time for a shake-up. Simon Dancey throws down the gauntlet and commits to leading the charge.

Take action and let us in

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24 Jan 2019

Limited opportunities are preventing the authentic voices of disabled directors and writers from being heard. The sector needs to stop talking and take action, says Nicola Miles-Wildin.

Everyone is welcome

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24 Jan 2019

As falling budgets make it ever-harder to programme risk-taking work, how can venues engage with new LGBT+ audiences? Kaya Stanley-Money shares some advice.

An equal voice for all

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24 Jan 2019

At a time when the UK is looking to tighten its borders, Julia Grime looks at how German theatre has been welcoming the cultural initiatives and political messages of its growing refugee population.

Turning engagement patterns upside down

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17 Jan 2019

How can arts and culture reach a broader audience that more accurately reflects local communities? Sarah Boiling explores how to change the pattern of who engages with the arts.

An artist's life

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17 Jan 2019

What is it like to be an artist working in the East Midlands? Elizabeth Hawley-Lingham and Paula Serafini spent two years looking beneath the surface.

Removing structural inequalities

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17 Jan 2019

Barriers to collaboration between universities and black and minority ethnic community organisations could be removed says Katherine Dunleavy, whose research points to a positive way forward.

Universities challenge call for fewer creative arts degrees

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11 Jan 2019

Claims by the Onward thinktank that young people should be steered away from “low value” degrees because they leave taxpayers to foot the bill for their studies are "simplistic", say university bosses.

In celebration of a continent

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10 Jan 2019

Kwame Bakoji-Hume explains how sharing knowledge of African culture through school workshops can shine a light on important contemporary issues.

Giving talent a fair hearing

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03 Jan 2019

What recruitment practices best support diversity? Damian Iorio explains how the National Youth String Orchestra makes sure it’s ability and not background that counts.

Class influences career entry but not career progression, research finds

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21 Dec 2018

Over 70% of respondents working in music, the visual arts or museums/heritage come from households where the main income earner worked in a professional or senior managerial occupation.

EXCLUSIVE: Gender gap dominates latest arts pay figures

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07 Dec 2018

Lack of career progression among women in the cultural sector is the overwhelming contributor to the significant gender pay gap revealed in initial findings from the 2018 ArtsPay survey.

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