Time to challenge the hierarchies

Rampak Genteng
10 Sep 2020

With the creativity of communities finally becoming a policy priority, arts organisations could be handing more control over to their communities. Adam Pushkin explains why – and how – that could work.

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.

12 months of Covid - where next?

Birmingham Hippodrome
18 Mar 2021

Live events in the arts and cultural sector have been among the very hardest hit by the pandemic, so one year on, how do arts leaders feel about this rollercoaster ride? Robert Sanderson asked some of those in the frontline to look back - and look ahead.

My Gurus: Clare Callan

Clare Callan
02 Mar 2021

The most inspiring people are those who prioritise care, curiosity and collaboration.

Theatre’s power lies in its people

Liam Evans Ford
24 Feb 2021

For Liam Ford Evans, a career in theatre has highlighted what matters most: energy, experience and everyone else.

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.

Covid taught us to care again

27 Jan 2021

The pandemic has put an end to the days when an aloof but brilliant leader could direct operations from behind closed doors. Honesty, empathy and communication are now the hallmarks of effective leadership, writes Chelsea Pettitt.

The show must go on

Five actors standing on a stage, socially distanced with two in the background on ladders
26 Jan 2021

Staging a Christmas show was a challenge that tested everyone’s limits. Joanna Read reflects on the year, from Covid to Christmas and beyond.

New horizons

Candle with a brown card label saying hope attached, christmas decorations in the background
16 Dec 2020

As we say good riddance to 2020, Liz Hill takes a glass-half-full look at progress in the cultural sector this year, and what the year ahead might hold.

Planning in a time of radical uncertainty

Electric sign on a wall with 2 arrows pointing in different directions
25 Nov 2020

In these uncertain times, it’s important to return to our core principles: making the most of the information we have and not being afraid to experiment, explains David Reece.

A Fond Farewell to ArtsProfessional

Amanda Parker
18 Nov 2020

Amanda Parker shares her parting words as Editor of ArtsProfessional.

Arts workers' skills bolstered frontline Covid responses

12 Nov 2020

Creativity, compassion, collaboration and a tendency towards efficiency meant arts workers were highly responsive in a time of crisis, councils say.

Developing leadership for South West women

People laying on the floor working collaboratively
10 Nov 2020

Covid-19 has intensified the barriers women face to becoming leaders in the arts, writes Sacha Lee. The most marginalised will be the most important vehicle for change.

Black, Asian and ethnic minority representation in music industry at a record high

29 Oct 2020

UK Music launches a plan to keep up the momentum, as research shows the gains are concentrated in entry level positions rather than middle or senior management.

Coping through Covid: why ‘what makes sense’ sucks

Jenny Grainger and daughter
30 Sep 2020

Jenni Grainger gives a personal account of the harsh reality of juggling childcare and being furloughed while attempting to steer an organisation through a crisis.

Colston Hall reborn as Bristol Beacon

23 Sep 2020

Bristol Music Trust says the new title reflects a more inclusive narrative where music - not history - "is at the heart of what we do".

Risk versus reward

11 Sep 2020

England’s arts organisations will be asked to make decisions that affect more than people’s livelihoods.

Making progress: towards a citizen-led future

Lesley Cherry’s work replaced a contentious paramilitary mural under the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Re-imaging Communities Fund
10 Sep 2020

Cultural democracy is not in the gift of most cultural institutions, but that doesn’t mean there’s no role for them, says Anne Torreggiani.

Let the people decide

Local musicians/performers at the 2019 Whitley Bay Carnival
09 Sep 2020

What happens when you put communities in charge of their own creative projects? Ryan Herman found out how residents, rather than local politicians, are making their communities better places to live.

Rising to the challenge of reopening

Mother and daughter looking at a window display at Hertford Theatre
09 Sep 2020

Adopting a creative approach to tackle opening in a Covid-safe environment could give venues the edge and help them come out the other side. David Dunstan shares some successful strategies.

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