Free to speak? Not if you work in the arts

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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.

Why hitting diversity targets won’t make your organisation inclusive

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09 Apr 2020

Inclusion means ensuring workers can fulfil their potential, regardless of their background, identity or circumstance. Is now the time to re-think your organisation’s culture, asks Sara Whybrew.

How we can stop infantilising disabled artists?

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31 Mar 2020

Age-old paternalistic attitudes will persist unless disabled people lead change themselves, says Vici Wreford-Sinnott.

Covid-19: Model for 50% less income, creative businesses told

24 Mar 2020

Reserves and furloughing are "no guarantee" that further cuts can be avoided.

How can we best respond to a crisis?

18 Mar 2020

The challenges facing arts organisations have changed dramatically – but that doesn’t mean giving up on our core values, says Richard Watts.

What can cultural boards learn from climate activism?

18 Mar 2020

From job titles to meeting agendas, Debbie Bell explains why no stone is left unturned in her trustees’ approach to tackling the climate emergency.

The show must go on? Increasing cancellations due to Covid-19

13 Mar 2020

Sector bodies have thanked audiences for continuing to attend shows as a growing number of performances, tours and events are cancelled and postponed.

'Overambitious' about placemaking? We've only just started...

05 Mar 2020

The Great Place Scheme demonstrates how projects flourish when official bodies allow them freedom from pre-determined outcomes, says Jill Cole.

Election 2019: what’s in it for the arts? (Part II)

27 Nov 2019

AP looks at the promises set out in party manifestos. This week: Conservatives, Plaid Cymru, SNP and the Brexit Party.

Election 2019: What’s in it for the arts? 

22 Nov 2019

AP looks at the promises set out in party manifestos. This week: Labour, Liberal Democrats and Green Party

Row over using the word ‘art’ in Arts Council England draft strategy

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19 Nov 2019

London arts leaders were told the word is “divisive” but wanted it included anyway.

Theatres urged to ‘lose control’ to audiences

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17 Oct 2019

Consulting communities is not the same as allowing them to make decisions, attendees at the recent Theatres Trust conference heard.

Creating a Diverse Board

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30 Sep 2019

Becoming a truly inclusive organisation starts at the top, says Cath Hume.

Is it time to reimagine the trustee board bank?

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29 Aug 2019

If arts organisations are serious about developing their boards, they need to think hard about how they recruit and support new trustees, says Michelle Wright.

Design Museum under pressure from anti-arms campaigners

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06 Aug 2019

The institution has rejected campaigners’ claims that it has “done nothing” a year after promising to reassess its fundraising approach – but won’t make the review public.

Nothing but a number? Young people on boards

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18 Jul 2019

It's great that arts organisations are recruiting young people to their boards - but they need to really think about why, says Dana Segal.

Dance Manchester closes after 27 years 

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05 Jul 2019

The company says its operating model was too “old school” to remain sustainable after the loss of NPO funding in 2018.

The feelgood factor: making flagship programmes work

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27 Jun 2019

Artistic excellence and effective governance are key to the success of major public cultural programmes, writes Nigel Hinds.

Creative Scotland admitted ‘unfundable’ organisations into portfolio

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19 Jun 2019

Last-minute interventions by senior figures “ultimately served to undermine the integrity of the RFO process”, staff told an independent review.

New network to support governance best practice

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16 Nov 2018

Arts Council England says that if necessary, it will step in and insist on a change of leadership at its funded clients.

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